Planking is basically carvel but using narrow
strips of wood instead
are normally glued together with
though they can be
The backbone and frames can be built up from laminations with
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
New patches may have to be scarfed into or laminated on to the
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Before stitch and glue
method to build a boat became popular, plywood
boats were often made
by constructing a framework which was then sheathed with plywood.
The plywood would be affixed to the frames using a variety of methods
glue, screws and even nails, nowadays it is normal to use epoxy.
The normal design shape is hard chine, either flat or ‘V’ bottomed.
As with stitch and glue, it is always best to build a boat from good
marine grade plywood and it does need to be properly sealed with epoxy.
Usually these also
are sheathed with fiberglass cloth and 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
The layers running in
usually at 45 degrees to each other, the most common being double
This does produce a
strong monoque boat
However this method does
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.
"It is easy in the world to live
world's opinion, it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the
man is he who, in the midst of the world, keeps with perfect sweetness
independence of solitude."
Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882)
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