lineX on the bottom of a driftboat?

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  1. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    Jim, that's gluvit you're using (or an alternate named product). Great stuff and makes the bottom glassy smooth. I know what Josh post was stating about not having to reapply and hitting rocks leaves the coating. But we're in the PNW, where we have glacial rivers and LOTS of rocks. So scraping bottoms is what happens. And dragging boats is a common practice. I know moving my buddies 18' willie with gluvit bottom over rocks was NICE! Was like it was almost on wheels (and I say ALMOST).

    Yeah, you have to reapply, but it's worth the money to me. I'd have to look into the smooth Linex. But with weight in the boat scraping on a rock, I wonder how "smooth" it'll respond going over it. I've only dealt with the lineX in my truck, and it's a BEAR trying to move stuff in and out of it. Protects the bed, but getting stuff in and out of it is a pain to slide. But it's the rough stuff. Maybe I should have it taken out and have smooth reapplied. It's a good 10+ years old and looking pretty rough anyways. But would love to get some actual on river experience of our rivers with the lineX bottoms applied.
     
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    This the stuff... yeah, it's like glass. The boat tracks so nicely and gets thru the skinny water easy.
     

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    Small hand in the air question.

    "X-linded" is a new term for me ... what is it?
    Fred
     
  4. Jerry Daschofsky

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    Fred, that's having lineX put on or under the boat. It's the bedliner stuff sprayed into trucks.

    Jim, yeah that's it. That graphite resin you toss onto the epoxy really makes that baby glide. My old glass boat is showing her age. I'm in the middle of a major retrofit. Now, if I would leave her torn down and finish her I'd be ok. But I toss her back together enough to fish then put her back in the garage and restrip. LOL. I'm tempted to rehit the bottom with gluvit. Give her some new life.
     
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    I bought my boat a few years ago and haven't had to tear it all the way down (yet). Luckily I've been able to get by with just fixing up the spots that have issues. Hopefully I'll be able to continue with that for some time - little carpentry experience and zero boat building experience makes me a little jittery about really breaking 'er down. Hell, I might pay someone to do it when it comes time to fully replace the bottom.
     
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    Joshw Tamer of Trouts

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    Jim,

    Your boat looks awesome! If you need some more epoxy take a look at RAKA epoxy which is about half the price of West System.

    Josh
     
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    Thanks Josh, 'preciate it. The West System epoxy and graphite, some marine grade paint and a few other odds and ends came along with the boat. I'll have to look into the RAKA brand as you suggested when I run out.
     
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    Clint F Fly Fishing Youth

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    Thanks for the help. Does anyone know if Glovit will stick well to smooth linex? I want to spray it on once and not worry about it. But wouldnt mind putting some glovit on once a year. to make it a little slicker.

    Clint
     
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    Joshw Tamer of Trouts

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    I have not heard of any wooden boat builders putting gluv-it on the bottom of any of there boats. The majority of the stitch and glue builders either do a graphite/epoxy bottom or linex. There is no need to coat a truck bed liner with another truck bed liner....spray it once with linex and don't worry about it.

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  10. Jerry Daschofsky

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    Josh, it was a standard for most of the homegrown builders here in the NW. Almost all the guys I knew, used gluvit. But was a sealant used on their deep V boats. But all gluvit is, is an epoxy sealer. It's no different then the graphite/epoxy bottom, just that graphite is put into the mix to help make the bottom smoother then it was with epoxy. But all gluvit was originally was an agent to help seal up cracks and damage in fiberglass boats.
     
  11. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    Oh, and I should say, alot of the guys who were building driftboats back then (70's and 80's) were using it, or a product like it. But they were using it for sure on their deep V puget sound boats.
     
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    I was thinking gluvit was similar to a truck bed liner...I stand corrected. Still there is no need to put gluvit over linex...linex it, forget about it and most of all enjoy the boat!!

    Josh
     
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    No. And I'd suggest if lineX of any sort (rhino lining, etc) is used, have it professionally done. The "in the can" roll on types aren't nearly as good. Great for inside the boats, but heavy wear of the bottoms and they'll come off.
     
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    Clint F Fly Fishing Youth

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    Thanks for the help everyone. I will have my dads buddy spray it, then I will forget about it.


    Clint