Sail22 goes to Glue U

West System Headquarters

Here is a little write up from Ed's Dad, Bill Furry, on his trip to Glue U to learn about West System Epoxy.  He and my cousin, Bill Becker went in Ed's place as we were doing more important work at the Tobago Carnival Regatta and then on to a trip to Barbados.

Glue 'U' or more correctly "Boat Repair and Composite Technology Two-Day Professional Level Seminar/Workshop Course". Put on by the Technical and Management Staff of Gougeon Brothers, Inc., or better known as WEST SYSTEM, INC....

I included all of the above titles, because that is exactly what the course entailed.  A very professional, hands-on introduction to their products for novices, as myself, but a lot of technical knowledge for 'old timers' and users of their products for many years. And they showed you the tools to use.  More importantly they gave you their knowledge and 'tricks' learned from their research.  But also the feed back and knowledge of their customers. Their support is unparalleled. It is like having your own R & D team working for you 24/7. Just give them a call.

I was one of two team members from SAIL22 attending the seminar, to gain further knowledge and also learn what is new, such as, the Six10 Thickened Epoxy Adhesive.

The seminar was a no nonsense, two day 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM presentation.  Their technical staff covered it all. Basic Application Techniques, Fiberglass  Repair, Gelcoat Blister Repair, Vacuum Bagging Techniques, Wooden Boat Restoration and Repair,Final Fairing & Finishing, Fastener Bonding, Composite Structures and Product Safety,

We use WEST SYSTEM, in the field, to get our clients up and running, between races if necessary. Plus we have found ways to use their system to modify and adopt equipment for our own special needs and specifications.

Two days well spent!!