|If you want to build a boat from wood the first thing to consider are the various construction methods|
Next consider where you are going to do the building.
If you are planning to build a boat inyour back yard,
Plywood on Frame
Stitch and Glue
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Wherever you plan to build make sure you don’t fall foul of the dreaded insurance wallahs and the health and safety bureaucrats.
Unfortunately you will also have to consider the cost.
Building from scratch while cheaper than having a boat built by professionals is not a cheap option.
somewhere to work on your own boat, without bureaucratic interference,
is becoming increasingly difficult.
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While an underlying back bone is needed, the framing can be done after the planking and ribbands may not be needed.
The planks are fastened with rivets, clench nailsor glue where they overlap, resulting in a hull of considerable strength.
The tight fit between planks is traditionally sufficient to keep it watertight however, sealants and even glue can be used to build a boat.
Plywood is increasingly being used to create beautifully strong lapstrake hulls.
The usual method is to use epoxy to bond the plywood planks.
This can result in a superb low maintenance wooden boat.
Repairs are not as simple as on carvel hulls due to the planks overlapping and because the fit of the planks is more critical.
Strip Planking is basically carvel but using narrow strips of wood instead of planks.Nowadays the strips are normally glued together with epoxy, though they can be nailed.
The backbone and frames can be built up from laminations with inner and outer stems to simplify construction.
The strips are usually bought ready machined with a concave grove on the top and convex on the bottom or with a tongue and groove.
Not easy to repair due to the strips being fastened together.
New patches may have to be scarfed into or laminated on to the existing boat hull.
For more information go to the DIY Wood Boat Index,
Epoxy Resins contain Bisphenol A.
Before using epoxies you should consider the flood of new scientific evidence on adverse effects of BPA.
|Fortunately, I decided to
try a small version
first, that was when I discovered that I was allergic to extended
I did persevere and build the dinghy because I had bought the materials.
She turned out extremely well but if I had plunged straight into that larger project I would have had problems.
There are a multitude of designs and plans available for stitch and glue building.
The advantage for the home builder is that lofting, setting up and framing are minimal, making them much faster and easier to build.
It is normal for these boats to be sheathed with fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin.
Plywood repairs are relatively easy.
areas can be cut back and new plywood scarfed in using epoxy.
Cold molding is
fairly uncommon way to
build a boat theses days.
Basically it is a method where a minimum of two layers of thin plywood or veneer are laminated on top of each other.
The layers running in different directions usually at 45 degrees to each other, the most common being double diagonal.
This does produce a strong monoque boat structure.
However this method does require an underlying structure on which to lay the strips.
The usual method is to construct a mold first or lay the strips on a strip planked former.
The extra work involved in making the mold makes it an unattractive self build option.
Repairs are not easy.
More information on how to build a boat and Wooden Boat Building construction methods coming soon. in the meanwhile I hope you found How to Build a Boat useful.