Size (width) of bottom planking for 16 ft x 4 ft solid wood boat
I am getting ready to purchase the wood bottom planks for my DIY utility boat and would like suggestions for the width of the bottom wood.
My Idea is to use 1 x 6 wide pine or ceder boards.
My plan is to buy wood that is CLEAR, no knots.
But I could use 1 x 4 or 1 x 8.
I do not know just how wide I dare go before I could run into a problem of splitting.
The boat has 1 x 10 x 16ft Radiata pine sides, edge epoxied to 20 inch wide.
It has a 2x4 frame in the middle, a 2 inch thick transom and will have 1x2 bottom chines for extra support.
I have a 100 year old Gray marine 3 horse power two cycle engine for power, which is pictured (blue/red)in this web site.
This is my first attempt at boat building and I will appreciate any information I receive.