The Epoxy Files — Success Stories


Repair of the Sloop Kaitin from the Outside In 1

With an undulating impact and subsequent rise and fall of the hull into and out of sight in the rear view mirror, two thoughts flashed to mind: the sloop Kaitlin was not to sail at the 38th Annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, and that a wooden boat is infinitely repairable. The worst case scenario of boat trailering had just occurred, a rear‐end car collision into a stopped trailered boat. The car's impact and continuing movement forward had, among other events, forced the small transom mounted outboard inward toward and under the hull, explosively rupturing the epoxy laminated plywood transom, leaving both the mount and attached outboard motor separated and hanging on a remaining splinter of wood. Where the motor mount had once been attached was now a jagged edged rectangular hole large enough to pass a soccer ball through.

System Three & Seaview Boatyard: Riverboat Restoration Project 0

It is with extreme gratitude and pleasure that I offer my huge thanks to Phil Riise of Seaview Boatyard and the staff of System Three Resins, Inc. for their assistance in helping to repair my 1947 Cataract boat.

Hot Tubbing with SilverTip Epoxy 0

This is the Super "R"  hot tub from Maine Cedar Hot Tubs, Inc. The outer shell of these tubs is constructed from an oil finished Western Red Cedar and accented with brushed stainless steel bands to mirror the appearance of the traditional cedar or redwood tub.  Maine Cedar Hot Tubs, Inc. use System Three Silvertip Epoxy to cold-mould and overlay the cap rail, base rail, and inner shell of the tub.

Samantha Malay Uses MirrorCoat for Metal Tiles 0

I like to make durable surfaces using resin and small pieces of salvaged metal. I learned about MirrorCoat(tm) from Darin Montgomery, furniture designer-builder and owner of Urbancase. Nick Gucker at System Three Resins was very helpful, by phone and email, when I had technical questions about its use.

Send us your success story! 0

Send us your stories of epoxy projects using System Three products. We may publish them in this area. (please attach photos to your e-mail - rgb jpeg format no larger than 500k) Be sure to come back as we will continuously update this area with stories from around the world!

Custom 10' Skiff 1

latest project, a ten-foot, flat bottom skiff. Designed and built by yours truly. The boat was built with 1/4" meranti plywood from Edensaw Woods, and of course, System Three general purpose resin and T-88, (purchased from Revchem in Tacoma).

custom plywood skiff

This is actually my fourth boat in the past five years or so. A picture of my kayak is still on your web site. I have to confess, that I have tried a few other epoxies over the past years, and I keep coming back to System Three! To me, the acid test for an epoxy is it's resistance to cratering when applied over a sanded, epoxy coating, compared to other brands, System Three does every time. I hope you continue selling the General Purpose resin, because I'm afraid to try any other resins! I want to include your new SilverTip stuff! I may have to break down and try some EZ-Fillet, and Gel-Magic on my next project, though.

Yours Truly, George Burns

Scribner's Skiff 0

two people in skiff

I built a stitch and glue Montana Boatbuilders Skiff from a kit using Silvertip Epoxy with slow hardener. It was a great project and continues to be great fun.

Bill Scribner Cheyenne, WY

The GoldenEye Standard 0

Pygmy Boat

This is a picture of my Pygmy Boats GoldenEye Standard. I made a hybrid version of this because I wanted to try strip building but I was inexperienced. So I decided to try it on the deck only. The hull is made up of 4mm Okume Plywood and the deck is made of up White Ash, Honduras Mahogany, and Black Walnut combinations. I used System Three products in every aspect of the building process from gluing the plywood panels together, wetting out the fiberglass cloth, and the polyurethane coating of the whole kayak. I love the products that I am using from System Three and will continue to use them on my next kayak project.
Glenn Brzyski Designer and ASME Certified GDTP Moog, Inc.

Searunner Trimaran 0

The first boat built with System Three General Purpose Epoxy was a trimaran named "Orion". Built by our founder Kern Hendricks and launched in 1981, she sails today and has crossed the Pacific Ocean.

Rail Repair w/ T-88 in the u-TAH dispenser 0

Oak Railing repaired after 10 Years with System Three T-88 Structural Epoxy Adhesive and the u-TAH Cartridge System. I bought my home in Freehold, NJ, back in July of 1997 and I've been staring at this split railing at the top of my staircase from the get go. I'm not sure how long it was like that before we bought the place, but let's figure it's been like that for, at least, 10 years. I've been sick of staring at, but since I couldn't even pull the delaminated piece back to the main body with my bare hands, I figured it would be a tough chore (probably require a bolt, which wouldn't look so clean).