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David Ryan

David Ryan is a boat builder and USCG licensed master captain. He is the owner of Sailing Montauk and skipper of Montauk''s charter sailing catamaran MON TIKI You can follow him on Twitter @CaptDavidRyan

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  1. Avatar Pat Cahalan says:

    There is nothing quite like the feel of a project getting into gear.

    Also: yes!  Pictures!Report

    • Avatar David Ryan says:

      One of the things that’s so different about building a boat verse making docs is that you start building the boat with a plan that has (nearly) every detail down to the 1/16th of an inch. (Or in this case, milimeter; our design/er is English.) The number of panels is specified. The way to lay out all the parts to use the plywood most efficiently is specified. And on and on.

      On top of that, this is a USCG Inspected build. That means no freelancing or changing our mind halfway through, or designing we know better than the designer. The plans get approved and we build them. The. End.

      Yes. Pictures. Soon!


  2. Avatar wardsmith says:

    David, I like what you’re doing and didn’t want to post this in case it would cause trouble for you. Then thinking further, not knowing and getting blind-sided could be very deleterious to your project. I know of a surf board maker in SoCal who was quite literally driven out of business because of these regulations.Report

    • Avatar David Ryan says:

      1) We use low VOC epoxies. Thinners have their place, but not in the work we’re doing. (I’ll be your surfboard making was using polyester resin. Very high VOCs; very toxic. Nasty nasty stuff.)

      2) If you were concerned about “getting me in trouble” you should have used email.

      3) This website has all the ear marks of a discount expoxy vender. How do they discount? By cutting epoxy with (low cost) solvents and selling at a lower price per gallon. It doesn’t actually save money, because the VOCs evaporate, leaving the same amount of epoxy as if you’d used the same amount of epoxy. Report

  3. Avatar wardsmith says:

    1) Low VOC good. Just keyed on the “epoxy” in your bullets above. Can’t remember the details, was someone who had made money elsewhere, loved surfing, got into the business, hired dozens of people and got shut down for his efforts. The words I remembered were epoxy and fiberglass. Have zero idea how a surfboard is built. I’m guessing they like you have encapsulated polystyrene pellets (Styrofoam) somewhere in the mix. Have also heard EPS off-gasses (primarily if you expand it yourself in a mold).

    2) How do I get your email?

    3) Yeah, just grabbed the first thing that showed up with Google. Was looking for epoxy, environmental regulations, New York.

    You sound like you’re on top of things, was only worried because previous posts seemed to indicate that you were changing professions from film making IIRC. Would have hated to see someone chewed up by the “system” because they were pursuing an avocation and didn’t know where all the shark infested waters lay.