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Building a Fishing Kayak Cooler #3: Prep Work for Interior Fiberglassing

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 05-01-2019 05:56 AM 723 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Sandwiching the Foam Part 3 of Building a Fishing Kayak Cooler series Part 4: Fiberglassing the Interior »

Rounded the Edges

I didn’t have enough time to fiberglass tonight, but I did some prep work so I can get right to it tomorrow.

All the edges are rounded over and the entire cooler is sanded.

The cable tie holes are filled with epoxy putty. This Rot Doctor filler is buttery smooth and easy to work with. It was left over from my teardrop camper build.

Hefty Cooler

The cooler weighs in at 12 pounds without a top or fiberglass. I’ll likely fiberglass only the interior to save weight. I’ll seal the exterior with a coat of epoxy prior to painting with Interlux Brightsides marine paint. Unfortunately, it’s likely going to weigh in at 20 pounds when complete. That’s not bad for a quality cooler, but the Reliable cooler is looking like it would have been a better choice for weight considerations…

Cooler Placement

I glued in custom-fit minicell foam on the rear deck to give a flat surface to mount the cooler. The footman loops are already installed on the kayak to hold it down.

The cooler fits nicely on the rear deck.

-- Mark, Minnesota



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