Woodboat Building Questions

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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 keel 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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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 …

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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