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Grain Surfboards Hits the Road: Board Building Workshops


Grain Surfboards East Coast Board Building Seminar Series 

When Grain Surfboards first showed us their beautiful, hand crafted and sustainable wooden pieces of surfing art over 5 years ago, of course Jamestown Distributors was anxious to be involved and became a supplier of epoxies, hand tools and supplies.  Grain Surfboards, like many of our boatbuilding customers, is committed to using time honored woodworking techniques and local, sustainable softwoods that naturally produce artful and unique grain patterns on every board. And the best part: sold as a kit, these surfboards invite you to wrap your hands and tools around them from build to wave, connecting builder and board, creating a hand made piece of art, which much like a hand crafted boat, offers a lifetime of pride, enjoyment and of course plenty of FUN!

The Tour:
Jamestown Distributors is very proud to be a supporting sponsor of Grain Surfboards East Coast Board Building Seminars. In early March, the Grain crew is packing up their farm truck and trailer and hitting the road, heading out of their snow buried shop in York, Maine and heading south along the east coast.

Starting their tour off in Annapolis, Maryland at the home of DIY boatbuilding kits, Chesapeake Light Craft, Grain is offering a special one-day paipo workshop where you can show up empty handed, spend a few casual hours sanding and shaping a beauty of a bodyboard, and then take it home when it’s over 4 hours later (held 3/21/15 – details here).

For those who can carve 4 days out of life, sign up and drop in for an extended workshop and become a masterful board shaper and owner. Starting in Annapolis and heading south to North Carolina, Florida and back through Delaware, Grain is offering 6 different 4-day workshops. And if you can’t squeeze one of these into your life this spring, consider stopping in for a one-day hand planing workshop offered as they make their way up and down the right coast. (locations and times listed here and on Grain’s site and social media pages.) They also offer one-on-one fantasy camps at HQ in Maine as well as 7 day seminars for those wanting the full experience from start to finish.

OR order a Grain Surfboard kit from JD here, get building and shaping and then hook up with the Grain group at one of their stops along the road. They are hopeful that current owners and shapers will come out and ride some waves with them on your fancy whip.

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Sounds like a plan!

Stay tuned for Workshop Updates and Tour Stories as Grain Mobile goes South.

Video: Fiberglass Boat Fire / Onboard Fire Safety Info

Didn’t take long for that little boat to become engulfed in flames, reaching temps close to 1000 degrees fahrenheit. YIKES! Scary. Boat fires happen often, and many times when no one is aboard. However there is little luck involved with a boat fire….

Since Spring refuses to bear it’s face around here on the East Coast, it’s difficult to get to most boats, much less get the project lists, underway. That makes it a great time to start working from the inside out on your launching to-do list.  Safety – updated flares, working horns and PFDs, seem to make the top of everyone’s spring checklist, but when was the last time you checked your fire extinguishers? Hopefully the answer is last season, but after months in storage and in varying temps, it’s a great time to make sure you have the right equipment working properly to keep you alive in the event of an onboard fire.

While we have your attention, take a few minutes to review the ABC’s of marine firefighting. Here are some basics to know from our friends at Boat US.

A man demonstrating the PASS technique for fighting a fire.

Fire Extinguishers 
The Coast Guard requires boats to have at least one B-1 marine fire extinguisher on board. Depending on the size of your boat you may need more than one. Boats under 26′ have to have at least one B-1 fire extinguisher on board. Boats 26′-40′ need to have at least two B-1 fire extinguishers on board. If the boat has a USCG approved fire extinguisher system installed for protection of the engine compartment, then the units may be reduced. Please refer to the chart for the number of extinguishers required for your boat. Our recommendation is to have a tri-class (1A:10BC) fire extinguisher on board your boat. We also suggest you have more than the Coast Guard requires. Now we know how many we need on board, but how do they work?

How to use a Fire Extinguisher

A person fighting a controled fire on land in an empty parking lot.

Know how to use a fire extinguisher before you are in a situation where you have to use it. Fire extinguishers are labeled according to the type of fire on which they may be used. Fires involving wood or cloth, flammable liquids, electrical current or a combination of those will each react differently to extinguishers. Using the wrong type of extinguisher on a particular type of fire could be dangerous and make matters even worse.Simply Remember the P-A-S-S Word!In the heat of the moment reading the directions on the extinguisher is an after-thought.

  1. Pull the pin at the top of the cylinder
  2. Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire
  3. Squeeze or press the handle
  4. Sweep the contents from side to side at the base of the fire until it goes out

Fire extinguishers are labeled with the type of fire they can suppress. Most common marine fire extinguisher will be labeled as B:C or A:B:C.

Vessel Length No Fixed System With approved Fixed Systems
Less than 26′ 1 B-1 0
26′ to less than 40′ 2 B-1 or 1 B-II 1 B-1
40′ to 65′ 3 B-1 or 1 B-II and 1 B-1 2 B-1 or 1 B-II

Testers’ Choice:

Staff Choice: First Alert Extinguisher by Kitty.

The Kidde and First Alert 1-A:10-B:C are the Foundation picks for best all around for the price. About $5 more per extinguisher will give you the added security when trying to put out a small fire aboard your boat.

Customer Spotlight – Rob Holmes

Rob Holmes

Captain Rob Holmes sent us a photo of his work done on the cockpit in his recently purchased 1968 motorboat. As you can see above, his construction looks great! What we also found quite interesting was his process during the restoration: Rob tells us he preplanned and built the whole project in a three-dimensional computer program! He wanted to be able to play “what-if”, and test his ideas before he cut the wood. He’s actually a 3D animator, so this planning was right up his alley. What’s funny, he says, is that the project turned out “exactly” like the 3D designs, which is quite rare. He told us:

“When I bought my 1968 boat a few years ago it had a terrible mess inside the cockpit bulkhead. Some rough fiberglass work had been done to cover up holes left when instruments were taken out. I decided it would be a perfect opportunity to create some much needed organizational space, as well as a navigation station; which I did not have. I designed a cabinet to cover the space; made so the whole unit could fold down and provide a spot for my laptop. I also devised a system for raising and lowering the unit to make it into a laptop shelf and for making it adjustable.”

He’s told us this is only part of his refitting for this boat, but from what we can see, it looks fabulous!

Fiberglass Repair ~ Stress Cracks

This show covers how to repair fiberglass stress cracks on your boat using polyester resin. Previous episodes go over other types of fiberglass repair using West System epoxy.

Fiberglass Hull Repair

The experts at Metan Marine Restoration show how to repair a small section of damaged hull, right down to the new gelcoat application.

Gelcoat Color Matching – Part 1 & 2

Here is a great overview of the gelcoat color matching process