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Dec 23, 2008, 10:51 PM
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model boat stand tips

When building wooden boat stands I had used self adhesive velcro to cushion the boat against the stand since the self stick rubber foam seems to get sticky with time. Lately I have been using GE RTV silicone caulking. I put wax paper between the boat and the wood stand leaving it to dry for three days before removing the boat and the wax paper. One of the guys in the club says this may eventually start sticking to the bottom of the boat after years like rubber does.

What are the rest of you using between the boat and the wood stands?
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Dec 23, 2008, 11:01 PM
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i just might have the solution for you. i have a victoria sailboat and i have a really nice painjob on it and i didnt want to ruin it with the black neoprene rubber thats supplied with the kit. so i super glued washcloth to the black rubber. make your strips about an 1" to 1.5" wide and glue one edge first then fold over the glued point and glue the other edge after folding under. so you are kind of making a hoop with the cloth. with both edges glued basicly together then glued to the rupper on the stand. i have used this method for a long time and no damage to the paint not even a mark. and its a soft resting spot for the hull. hope this helps.
Dec 23, 2008, 11:14 PM
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This has worked for me for years now. Never had an issue.
Dec 23, 2008, 11:30 PM
If you cant find it Build it!
You can go to any craft store and pick up some felt in different colors with a peel and stick backing.
Dec 24, 2008, 12:15 AM
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The foam exercise mats you can buy cheap in any sports store or supermarket.

I have cut off strips and used this, glued on with contact adhesive.

You can also cut off a wider bit as a mat for your butt when sitting in the wet, or kneeling on when launching in the rain.
Dec 24, 2008, 10:50 AM
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If you wipe down your boat as you should try the insulating strips in the window and
door section it comes in different widths and thickness.

Dec 24, 2008, 10:59 AM
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Here is a great Stand/Carrying Box that was published in the Seawind Newletter. This Stand/Carring was design by Roger Skold.
Dec 24, 2008, 11:42 AM
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I got ahold of some felt left over from covering a pool table. Cut strips and white glued them to the cradle. Works fine so far. No problem with the paint on Athena and the felt stays put no problem. Pete
Dec 24, 2008, 12:16 PM
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I like using pipe insulation for padding.

Dec 24, 2008, 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Umi_Ryuzuki
I like using pipe insulation for padding.

Makes for a cushy perch.
Dec 24, 2008, 07:22 PM
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Thanks everyone for all the great ideas.
Dec 25, 2008, 11:43 AM
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Dont forget the other purpose of a boat stand is that it should be designed to help keep the boat protected from damage in your vehicle when going to and from the lake.
A design that allows the model to easily slide forward and back or jump off the stand when you are carrying the boat or in the car hit a bump,turn or stop short can ruin your boat.I learned this the hard way when trying to avoid hitting a dog. The model slid right off the stand and into the dashboard. Fido survived just fine my boat got smashed. Now I put stoppers on the end to keep models more secure and take more time to pack them in the car to limit their movement.

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