Woodboat Building Questions

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Almost done building my 18 ft cruiser.
How do I get it from its cradle on the garage floor onto a trailer?

Will commercial plywood hold up after coating it with fiberglass and west system epoxy?

What is the best way to attach the stringers to the frames of a replica of a 16' Garwood speedster?

Can anyone advise Paul how to make a level frame for a new deck hatch on a curved deck?

Margin/Cover Boards, How to, Tips, Please.

Ben would like some tips, on how to shape the Margin/Cover Boards on his 12'runabout, Please.

Does anyone have an AutoCAD file to layout the PM-38 design.

Klaus would like your opinion on whether a 25 HP outboard engine really enough for the Sea Rover he is building?

Klaus wants to know if anybody sees a major problem with enlarging the "Sea Rover".

Melanie would like a critique of her boat plans

David is looking for some thoughts on building a houseboat before he starts building the pontoons in the next week or so.

Sea Rover
Can anyone help Gerold with pictures and details about finishing the "Sea Rover" that he is building.


Johnathan accidently cut into his rotary steering, will it still work alright?

Ron wants to know if there is a boat building firm in the US that would be prepared help him build a 22ft “Shilling”.

Summer Breeze

Kevin wants advice on altering the sail plan and using a dagger board on the David Beede "Summer Breeze" he is building.

Mike has a question about the way dimensions are shown in the offsets.

Can Richard layer 2 woven fiberglass with 1 carbon fiber (on top) together or does he need to stay with the same on 3 layers?

cat boat

Zach and his daughter would like some advice on building a Cat Boat

Does anybody have any simple plans to build a 35' to 40' wooden trimaran?

Tbone wants to know your thoughts on using green wood to build a house boat.

What boat should Bob build for his grandsons to learn sailing on?

Will "Coat It" work as good as a skid plate?

David would like suggestions on building a 12ft wooden boat to take his heavy outboard.

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Dave would appreciate advice on building a radar mast/post for a 20 foot open cockpit runabout.

How can Eric install wooded rails on the upper portion of his 14 ft Amesbury Dory?

Captain Hugo Captain Hugo is looking for advice about using “PP Honeycomb Plascore” to build a dinghy.

Jon is about to build a PM 38 and wants to know what common types wood readily available.

Roger would appreciate advice on how easy or otherwise it would be to get planking to confirm to the curves, especially the bottom planking towards the bow.

And whether there is any significant advantage in the orientation of the planking in one direction as compared to the other.

wooden boat

Zach has question about the Bolger Dory Type V he is building for his daughter.


Don has a simple question about installing the rowlock sockets on the edge of a wooden rowboat.

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Anas wants to know "what exactly is deck crown?"

Woodboat building question; how can a 10ft boat be build using 8ft plywood sheets?

Tom is looking for information on a Biplane throat stepped junk rig for the Wharram Tiki 38 he is building.

Should Bob use some kind of bedding / sealant under the fittings on the plywood optimist pram he is building?

 Chester is getting ready to purchase the wood bottom planks for his DIY utility boat and would like suggestions for the plank width.

Brett wants some advice about building amas for his kayak for sailing.


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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