If you are going to
spend time effort and your hard earned cash on a kit boat try to weigh
up all the pros and cons before you chose.
How much woodworking
expertise do you have?
And how much boating
Wooden boat kits are ideally
suited to the do-it-yourself handy person but if this is your first
attempt, be realistic, start with something small and straight forward.
And if your boating
experience is limited chose a design which you are confident that you
can handle. Even better, get out on the water, join a club and try out
the boats you are interested in before committing your self to a kit.
which will affect the choice of kit are,
Where you going to
And where are you
going to keep her when she is finished.
Most kit boats use epoxy
resins, these work best in stable environmental conditions.
Many kit boats have been
built outdoors but clearly it is preferable to use a garage, workshop
or spare room.
And preferably one which
can be dedicated to the job for however long you need to take over it.
Once the boat is built
if she is large you will probably need to keep her on a mooring or in
an expensive marina.
These boat kits are the
cheapest and simplest to contemplate.
Using plywood panels that have
been pre-cut to size the builder then has to stitch them together with
cable tires or wire, then bonded the panels together with epoxy and
Only a few small power and
hand tools are required to complete these wood boat kits.
But you will need a clear
mind, patience and the willingness to read and follow the directions.
It will also be of assistance
if you have some basic carpentry skills.
Other methods such as strip-plank
building, multi-chine and lapstrake involve many more pieces and more
And they take longer to finish
as there is more faring to do.
The majority of kits suggest a
building time for completing each of them, these should be regarded as
a minimum time.
The first time builder can
quite easily double the time taken due to interruptions, time taken to
figure out what that funny little bit is and where it should go as well
as getting to grips with a new skill.
However, even if this is your
first major woodworking project or if you have limited free time,
building a kit boat will be just as rewarding and as much fun as using
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