Planking vs Ply and Glass for a trailered boat
by Alan DeForest
(Wilmington, NC, USA)
I am restoring a wooden Harkers Island (see Salty in 'Your Boats' Section).
The bottom needs replacing and I have been leaning towards plywood and then glassing the hull.
The purest would say you’re dooming the boat to a slow death.
I understand their concern, but I will be trailering the boat and if I plank conventionally the boat will dry and then need to take up again at the next use.
This would be most inconvenient and thus the ply and glass approach.
I was wondering about an alternative that would use an elastomer or caulk that I could use between the planks in lieu of traditional cotton and or oakum then putty.
The planks could move with the moisture content the hull would maintain its integrity.
When I first got the boat the gaps between planks was a 1/8 of an inch at worst.
Has anyone gone this route with success?
I’d like to hear suggestions.
PS: I posted a while back that I was going to use yellow pine for the floor frames and I got feedback that it was a bad idea.
Well, I’m going to use cypress instead and found a reasonably priced source.
Every project has a budget.
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