Tiernan adds that the reason most boats for sale today are made of fiberglass is that they can be made by semiskilled and unskilled workers who are cheaper to hire than the skilled craftspeople needed to build a wooden boat.
Another is that when we build in wood or commission others to do so, we are helping to maintain an important tradition.
I wonder also whether the argument that building from wood is environmentally friendly has really been made. PS Fans of the US designer John Atkin will be interested to know that Tiernan is currently weblogging the build of a clinker-built Atkin Ninigret. PPS I’d draw your attention to some of the comments below, particularly those of West Country boat designer, occasional building and general sailing man John Hesp. Gavin, most of Tiernan's list deals with the engineering advantages of wood, as if we bought boats based on these facts. Trees have been growing, falling over, rotting, releasing CO2 into the atmosphere for years and it hasn't caused a massive increase in atmospheric CO2. I do see what you mean – it seems unreasonable to reduce these issues to numbers and engineering criteria when one of the key reasons we go boating is often to get away from such prosaic considerations.
Nevertheless, these issues are worth considering as I'm sure your inner designer will concede, and the environmental questions are much more subtle than most of us thought at the beginning.
And of course, carbon emissions are tightly connected to economic activity and human activity in general. On the other side of the issue, some fraction of whatever carbon there is in a plastic boat will remain locked in the material for a very long time. You don't think you've been led down the garden path by what sounds a rather journalistic BBC article?
Ironing and washing, to be fair – both need more heat where cotton shirts are concerned. One interesting little tidbit I read recently is that the meat industry in one way or another, contributes significantly more to global warming than transportation, worldwide.
One other nice thing about wooden boats, which has already been touched on a bit, but a nice one is gives pleasure to people, even when they aren't normally interested in boats. If the global warming cost of fossil fuels is added to that fuel we find ourselves playing a very different game. Did you know that one barrel of oil contains the same amount of energy as 12 men working for one year? Image coming back to shore after a day on the water on a foggy day in an aluminum boat and the oars are clunking against metal. Have you got news for us?If what you're doing is like the things you read about here - please write and tell us what you're up to.
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Follow me on TwitterLooking for something?This is a busy weblog, and what you're looking for is probably still here - just a little way down the list now. Our Faversham-based friend Alan Thorne can help with boatbuilding projects - constructing to plans in very tidy stitch-and-glue or more traditional techniques.
It takes a few days to build your small fishing boat and soon you will be rowing on calm waters, enjoying out of the way waterways and small creeks with the sense of satisfaction of knowing you built this small fishing boat yourself. However you choose to get your boat, building a small fishing boat for yourself, or buying one, they open up a whole new world.


What are those small metal fishing boats called that people just use to fish in like small reservoirs. 5) Almost all the newer aluminum hulls are welded, not riveted, so you don't have to worry about them working loose in 25 years. Boatbuilders teach each other, and the skills have long been conveyed by oral transmission. But if we only build boats out of oil, and keep a constant number of trees, there will be a nett increase in CO2. I became aware of this when a BBC magazine looked at the issue and decided that the heat consumed in ironing a cotton shirt meant that poly-cotton shirts were a better environmental deal; so it seems to me that we should consider all the inputs and outputs, not just the obvious ones. Gaseous hydrocarbons are often very powerful greenhouse gases, and if a boat needs eight coats of varnish every two years, what's the impact of that?
I wish someone would give me some nice, clear well worked answers that left me knowing where I was on all this, and that I could quote when the issue arises. I can guarantee that the energy expended per year ironing my cotton shirts is less than it takes to make a years worth of polyester shirts…. And it seems to me that I've never even owned an iron that got hot enough to iron a cotton shirt properly! We should use wood because we want to, and save our agonizing about our carbon footprints for the times when it really counts. I am not about to give up my roast lamb, but cutting my meat intake in half would do me good, and probably make a more significant dent in my carbon footprint than all the other little fiddles one reads about put together. The difference in the reaction of people when I am paddling some rental day-glo plastic fantastic canoe, and when they see me in my little varnished oak and pine S-O-F canoe is remarkable. I seem to remember writing about the issue years ago, and finding that the energy savings from triple glazing can take a century to pay back the investment.
What's needed is some sort of mechanism where the cost of dealing with CO2 problems are paid for by the sources of CO2, then triple glazing and the like would look a lot more attractive finacially.
If person A manufactures a triple glazed panel using oil based energy sources the cost of energy is very low but the CO2 generated is very high. The cost of the triple glazed panel goes up slightly because of the embodied energy, but the cost of the energy being saved over, say, 20 years is a very worthwhile saving.
Theres a tigermoth biplane at our local airport that is probably 60-70 years old with wooden wing spars that DO flex. Try scrolling down, clicking on the 'older posts' button at the bottom of this page - or try the search gadget! How to Build Wooden Boats: With 16 Small-Boat Designs (Dover Woodworking) [Edwin Monk] on Amazon. Your self- built boat is usually light enough to pop onto your car roof rack, so no spending out on a boat trailer. Here you must be careful, timber softens and rots over time and even aluminium boats will leak around the rivets as they age. You won't be going on the high seas with your small boat but you are still on water and must take care. If it is foam filled fiberglass and the motors size is not too big for it, it is perfect for your needs and when I say that I mean everything from transom height to cockpit size for your body to easily move from front to back without being too tight when maneuvering around a fishing partner while chasing a fish around the boat.
We recommend that you read this hardcover book - We will even give you a free copy - all you have to do is to pay the postage. With our busy working and family lives I have no hesitation in saying that we own and use at least one boat that we wouldn’t be able to keep up it on a DIY basis if it was made from wood.


For example, when wood eventually rots its breakdown must release carbon dioxide and the much worse global warming gas methane. If the returns are so small, I'd suggest there are likely to be other areas we could cut down on that would make more of a difference.
If person B manufactures the same panel using energy from photovoltaics the cost of energy is very high, but the CO2 released is very low. As you will see I have not really found a definite direction for this new web site, but I know where it will not go. A method that creates a strong and lightweight boat is the stitch and glue type of construction, using epoxy resin and fibre glass tape to seal the joins and strengthen the hull.
Be sure that you only bid on boats that you can see and physically check out, before committing yourself to a deal.
Make sure you have a lifejacket and are aware of any local restrictions on sailing or rowing. So what is the lifetime cost of a wooden boat to the environment compared with a plastic one? With regard to the maintenance I was referring to epoxy encapsulated wood like the Ninigret I'm building. The recession might have lowered energy costs, but I can see us coming out of it with soaring energy costs. Moulded plastic boats can split, especially if they have been scraped along the ground, causing serious scratches that become weak spots. The reason to me this boat hasn't sold yet is because of the 2 stroke motor but there are many very good boats on the market. Maybe plastic boat owners are more inclined to motor than sail, and maybe plastic boat owners are more attracted to resource hogging marinas?
Sure, we need a reasonably big car to haul the family around, but could we get away with an overgrown go-cart for the commute to work?
It started out being a great project for my son and I a Building a Small Wooden Boat - EzineArticles Submission - Submit . There are some good deals out there, just take all claims of "perfection" with a pinch of salt. Buying a 2 stroke is fully your use in ocean as many lakes commit to the two strokes inferior design allowing way too much bypass causing water deterioration. Just to add a factor that seems relevant, what is the contribution to global warming made by the drying of spirit-based paints and varnish? If I were buying another boat I would by it at fishing expo where show specials and last year models are marked way below the normal showroom price. I would also look for a good used boat that has seen limited use but because of the economy owners, possibly out of work are having to sell their pride and joy regretfully. But I would gladly use a center console on the bass tour and frankly I don't know why more anglers don't.
They (most all boat makers) for some unknown reason put a square or rectangular live well in them and within four hours the live bait have bashed their noses into the walls so many times they are nearly all dead way too soon.
If you have the choice to get one with a round (at least oval) live tank the bait will and do swim in circles and will last two days without killing themselves.



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