nails are an excellent method of
fastening, for small boats.
Though perhaps not quite as good riveting, it is a much faster method.
It is certainly more than adequate a fastening method for light
And it can be quite easily done by one person.
These nails are particularly useful for fastening the laps between lapstrake frames.
A proper clench nail should have a chisel shaped point.
They should be sharp enough to penetrate the wood when clenched over.
But not so fine as to allow the point to curl when being driven.
In the absence of proper clench nails, copper boat nails can be used.
Clip the boat nail off at an angle sloping away from the direction you are going to clench it.
Then tap it on the end to
produce a barb.
The only tools required for clenching are
The size of the nails will depend on the size of the scantlings, you will need enough of the point protruding to be able to clench it over into the wood.
Although it will be much faster to work with two people, one nailing and one wielding the 'bucking iron', this is a job that can easily be done by one person working alone.