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Don would appreciated any advice concerning the joint between the thwarts and the supporting risers on the ten foot, wooden rowboat he is building.

Should Mike use acrylic or lexan to make a portlight for his forward hatch?

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Merged Short Q & As 
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Insulating the top (sun exposed) of my house boat 
The top of my houseboat is 1/2 inch pvc panels / what is considered a good method to insulate the sun exposed top area (approx 60 sf) to get a good R value …

Small Boat Planking Alternative To Okoume 
What is considered the best overall, commonly available, reasonably priced alternative to Okoume plywood for small boat planking? Okoume is not available …

How to laminate plywood on the hull 
I'm working on replacing the bottom of 18' 1969 runabout that has a deep-V plywood hull. It had a 1/2" mahogany plywood bottom that they somehow got …

changes to wooden boat plan? 
Hello I have started to modify slightly, wooden boat plan from Classic Boats, - the "Deep V 16". It's powered by a Mercruiser stern drive. …

Sitka Spruce for mast 
Having no luck finding Kiln dried Sitka Spruce to build a mast for my sail boat. Anyone have any advice?

Any sources for custom wood boat plans? 
Hi all, I want to build around a 24' wood speedboat. I want it to have that classic wood look but I want the shape much more modern like a Kaiser …

Amazo Jungle River Boat  
Hello, In the Amazon Jungle they build boats with nails, tar and overlapping boards. I am trying to build a boat that has waterproofing as the boats …

From garage floor to trailer 
Almost done building my 18 ft cruiser. How to get it from its cradle on the garage floor onto a trailer? I can get it out of the garage I think, …

very cheap DIY small singlehanded sailboat 
sir, amateur boat builders can tackle two problems in one stroke: reduce the cost to a minimum and sail a boat as attractive and simple as a Laser, …

Wood for boat building 
Hello, I have built a boat using commercial plywood and coated it with one layer of epoxy, I still have not finished the coats but my question is will …

Melonseed Restoration/ 3rd party  
Hi, I am considering buying a Melonseed which is being restored. Pics showed old paint flaking off the underside of a wide strip planked hull. …

Stringer attachment 
I am building a replica of a 16' Garwood speedster and trying to find the best way to attach the stringers to the frames. The original stringers were …

I'm looking for a good wood trim to use on a 20' fiberglass power boat. 
I'm looking for a good wood trim to use on a 20' fiberglass power boat. It will need to be able to be bent leading op to the bow. Also any suggestions …

Sand blasted hull 
Unfortunately a previous owner had the hull of a 14 foot clinker RNSA sailing dinghy sand blasted to remove old paint. It has been quite aggressive …

New deck hatch in curved deck 
Can anyone advise me how to make a level frame for a new deck hatch on a curved deck? (Video says much more than a thousand word :-) )

Flotation for 20' 1/2" wooden skiff 
2019 20'-1/2" wooden Carolina style skiff. Open concept with a 25hp OB. My question; is flotation required? I have read plenty of material including …

My Grandaddy's boat 
Hey y'all. My Grandaddy used to build boats. He & his brother had several boats that he built out of wood for their business, which was taking fishing …

Margin/Cover Boards, How to, Tips, Please. 
Hi there, I am about to work on my Margin boards on my 12'runabout. I am wondering what the best way to scribe the shape is? And what's the best/easiest …

Super Sap vs West 
I have been trying to do some research about which resin/hardener combo to use on a diy plywood canoe. The west 105/205 combo seems to be the most …

1976 Celebrity Restoration 
Have found a project boat for the winter. My main concern is, should I need to replace any wood how can I determine what type of wood is needed? …

How to make Scarf  
I have a 51 foot Sitka Spruce Mast off a 38 foot Choey Lee Sloop (1979). The mast is original and still in good shape. The bottom 9" has become …

splining hardwood planks 
I have an old yellow stringy hull, been dry 10 years, 40 ft, inch planks, hard chine, chine needs splines to close gaps for caulking. Need to spline …

PM-38 MADE OF Military Grade FIBERGLASS SHEETS Jet-Boat! 
I am well on my way to build two of these style boats with a jet-ski engine as apposed to an outboard. My fiberglass is from a military runway repair …

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build swing out opening wood windows 
I would like to build wood windows that open at the bottom to replace the fixed aluminum windows. The helm is hot in the summer. These are the front windows …

Enlarging the Sea Rover 
Hi Fellows, after building successfully a couple of smaller boats (mainly ethnic maori canoes) on Majorca I dare to start building the Sea Rover in …

Melanie would like a critique of her boat plans 
Hello! Lately I have been working on a design for a 8' sailing digney and I would like some advice before I go any further. I wanted to make a small …

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