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Our Faversham-based friend Alan Thorne can help with boatbuilding projects - constructing to plans in very tidy stitch-and-glue or more traditional techniques.
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Roger Carroll Boat Carpenters offers a full range of projects from building an 18 foot Alton Wallace cedar planked skiff to wooden Catboat repairs, fiberglass repair or deck construction, transom replacements and cabin interior renovations. If you want to make a very elegant skiff Why not use " splined seam" cross planking ? Location: Eustis, FL The Monk skiff that appears to be wasn't file planked, but fore and aft and was a very typical traditional skiff build. The key to this type of build, is to stay away from the new or modern adhesives and sealants.
You sound like you're torn between the romantic notions of your youth and some modern goo's maybe saving the day on maintenance..
For example the dory laps may be held with thickened epoxy, but if you don't encapsulate the planking, it's likely a few years from now it's split, right above the glue line. One problem with work boats which use fore and aft bottom planking is they need frames and the bottom of the skiff gets cluttered with dead crabs , fish heads, eels and sand . Location: Eustis, FL Michael, once again, you should stick with what you know. A chine log would be a logical addition and it wouldn't add much be way of weight, a few pounds at best. I was just going to say some of the things Parr just said (on his first post) and he's the expert on this - I'm not!
Location: Cape Cod I am beginning to rethink my design choice with this feedback.
Location: Eustis, FL John Gardener was a fine soul and skilled designer, though much more a craftsman.
In this vain, the extreme vast majority of Gardener designs will be traditional plank over frames. What I'm trying to say is you can have your cake and eat it too, though not with a fully traditional design, if I'm following your desires properly. In the end (again) it depends on what you want from the design and what you expect in regard to maintenance. When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. As I sent off an email while preparing my Fulbright application to Italy, I had no idea what kind of reception I would receive from Salvatore Rizzuti, the Sicilian sculptor who would eventually sign on as my principal Fulbright mentor.  Nor did I know that I would inhabit a dilapidated parking garage in Palermo as my studio for a year while I was building a floating sculpture out of Sicilian fruit boxes.
I did know that many “Odyssey” armchair travelers or geographers have sworn that Odysseus rode the underbelly of a sheep down the slope of a Sicilian beach to escape the Cyclops Polyphemus.  I also knew that Sicily sits as a gateway to Europe for many non-Europeans and, as such, receives an influx of immigrants either from or transiting through North Africa. Before my Fulbright grant, my art practice had developed a distinct social element; I conducted art workshops in refugee camps and orphanages around the world while maintaining a separate studio life, producing ephemeral sculptural events that often took place on bodies of water. While trying to reconcile the two aspects of my art practice, I arrived in Sicily with three main goals for my Fulbright grant: to study traditional boatbuilding, teach weekly art classes to underprivileged children at a center called Jus Vitae and enact a psycho-geography of Odysseus’s time on the Island of the Sun primarily through building a large-scale floating sculpture that students from my workshops would help me design and which I would build, incorporating techniques from Sicilian boat builders. When I returned to Chicago after my Fulbright grant, I was included in a group show highlighting top emerging artists at the Hyde Park Art Center. If you are currently enrolled at an institution, make the most of working with your Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA) on campus. Choose a country that will stretch your comfort levels and ask: What cultural resources am I pursuing? Somewhere with boats and ships, most likely – if water-borne craft can be found, the old boat nut in your family will find them. Try scrolling down, clicking on the 'older posts' button at the bottom of this page - or try the search gadget! This would eliminate most, if not all the fasteners, plus you'd have absolutely water tight seams, but it would also mean lots of goo work.


Doesn't be fooled, the modern goos will not keep her tight, unless you make adjustments to the way she's assembled and of course use epoxy encapsulation and building techniques. As a rule these traditional build methods don't do well with partial modern build approaches. Edwin Monk does say the best thing for Dory plank is to be glued, and he wants the transom to be 2 piece spruce butt joined and clamped tight. The bearing area, additional longitudinal stiffness and taking the load off the edge of the lowest strake so it doesn't split (a common occurrence with this style of build). I have seen 5200 used on similar projects and the wood has been damaged either by the movement of the wood or the removal of the 5200 when it did not perform as hoped. Also the Coast Guard just flew One their Big boys low and slow over my house heading north into the Bay. He was alive during the golden age of sail and watched it change as dramatically as it did, in the first quarter of the 20th century.
Do you want the traditional build and have to pound caulk, reef out seams and tolerate the occasional leaks, which always seem to get worse each following year or a more modern design, that has tight seams and embalmed wood, but doesn't rot, though requires more initial effort and cost.
The planks may be mechanically connected to each other with copper rivets, bent over iron nails, screws or with adhesives. It is a glued construction method which is very popular with amateur boatbuilders as it is quick, avoids complex temporary jig work and does not require shaping of the planks.
Usually composed of a base layer of strip planking followed then by multiple veneers, cold-molding is becoming popular in very large, wooden superyachts.
This allowed sheet copper anti-fouling to be employed without the risk of galvanic corrosion of the hull fabric.
I quickly found the streets of Palermo to be a riot of frenetic activity; cars jumping sidewalks, people jumping cars, a mishmash of culture, history and busy, careening, gesticulating people to be maddeningly energizing.
I had also managed to float a shotgun shack sculpture down the river Tiber in a sci-fi ode to Huckleberry Finn, spend time at the American Academy in Rome as a visiting artist, and give a series of artist talks sponsored by the U.S. With the help of a residency and fellowship, I am currently working on a project to enact a fictitious immigrant landing with sculpture rafts on the city’s Gold Coast, populated by my students from ChiArts, the only public arts high school in the city. We custom finish many Down East hulls such as Duffy, Calvin Beal, WesMac, Northern Bay, BHM and Repco from Maine. You will have the most success with traditional caulk and seam compounds, plus oil based bedding compounds. I was thinking of using the clamping method from the Simmons Skiff to clamp the dory lap together.
I was fortunate to have met him a few times and he had a most unique sense of humor, which I'll never forget. His pulling craft and renditions of traditional craft mostly are remakes of types he enjoyed or found desirable, more then having original ideas or conceptual thinking.
He did eventually come to like plywood and he had good reason to not trust it, being he lived through it's early years without WBP glues. The finishes (paint and varnish) and hardware are the same on both types of build, just the initial efforts and continued maintenance differ. As such, it is a popular material for amateur builders, especially for small boats (of e.g. Carvel planks are generally caulked with oakum or cotton that is driven into the seams between the planks and covered with some waterproof substance. These hulls generally have one or more chines and the method is called Ply on Frame construction.[6] A subdivision of the sheet plywood boat building method is known as the stitch-and-glue method, where pre-shaped panels of plywood are edge glued and reinforced with fibreglass without the use of a frame.
The material requires special manufacturing techniques, construction tools and construction skills. In all that I am doing, I find myself talking incessantly about my Fulbright experience and how everyone should apply to be cultural ambassadors by incorporating some sort of volunteerism into their applications.
Attend Fulbright Information Session and webinars and always ask exhaustive questions whenever it makes sense to do so.
Service in your host community will open unexpected doors for you personally and professionally. I am not afraid to clench the planks coated with oil base paint first, But i would like to bright finish the inside and was thinking aesthetically here.
It takes its name from an archaic ship type and is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean. The material rusts unless protected from water (this is usually done by means of a covering of paint).


It is the lightest material for building boats (being 15-20% lighter than polyester and 30% lighter than steel). Extensively refined in New Zealand shipyards in the 1950s and the material became popular among amateur builders of cruising sailboats in the 1970s and 1980s, because the material cost was cheap although the labour time element was high.
My Fulbright year in Italy was a wellspring that will undoubtedly feed my art practice for years to come.  It gave me a framework in which my practice doesn’t solely mine or cannibalize history, philosophy and cultural moments, but also exists in and nurtures my hometown and host communities in sustainable ways. It is not particularly abrasion resistant and it can deteriorate if fresh water or marine organisms are allowed to penetrate the wood.
Cold-molded refers to a type of building one-off hulls using thin strips of wood applied to a series of forms at 45-degree angles to the centerline. The weight of a finished ferrocement boat is comparable to that of a traditionally built wooden boat. As the welding can be done very easily (with common welding equipment), and as the material is very cheap, it is a popular material with amateur builders.
While it is easy to cut, aluminium is difficult to weld, and also requires heat treatments such as precipitation strengthening for most applications. This method is often called double-diagonal because a minimum of two layers is recommended, each occurring at opposing 45-degree angles.
Keel and frames are traditionally made of hardwoods such as oak while planking can be oak but is more often softwood such as pine, larch or cedar. Both types of plywood construction are very popular with amateur builders, and many dinghies such as the Vaurien (ply on frame construction) and FJs, FDs and Kolibris (stitch-and-glue method) have been built from it. Also, amateur builders which are not yet well established in building steel ships may opt for DIY construction kits. Hulls built properly of ferrocement are more labor-intensive than steel or fiberglass, so there are few examples of commercial shipyards using this material.
I would go with nothing in between the side plank seams and a caulked chine log since this is what the construction was for the skiffs I had as a kid. The inability to mass produce boats in ferrocement has led there to there being few examples around. I fear chine logs will make her heavy for the design and converting her to Ply on frame would ruin the whole boat. More recently introduced tropical woods as mahogany, okoume, iroko, Keruing, azobe and merbau.[1]are also used. It is applied after sandblasting (which is required to have a cleaned surface) and before painting. Other composite types include sheathed-strip, which uses (usually) a single layer of strips laid up parallel to the sheer line.
Many ferrocement boats built in back yards have a rough, lumpy look, which has helped to give the material a poor reputation. As a kid I grew up using boats like this one and at that time they were 40 plus years old and still going strong. I can see plenty of well designed Plywood skiffs to build and they are great boats but lack the charm and some have yet to prove they can stand the test of time. With tropical species, extra attention needs to be taken to ensure that the wood is indeed FSC-certified. Optionally, the covering with the zinc layer may be left out, but it is generally not recommended.
These methods often give strength-to-weight ratios approaching that of aluminum, while requiring less specialized tools and skills. Properly designed, built and plastered ferrocement boats have smooth hulls with fine lines, and therefore are often mistaken for wooden or fiberglass boats.
In the spring we would take them to the marsh and sink them for about a week or longer to get em swelled up. It was a tidal area so we would have to put some bricks in them to keep em down and tie them up so we wont lose them to the tide. It was tough because some good citizen would pull them out of the water for us and flip them upside down on the beach, then we would have to sink em again. I had to go to the marsh right after school to check on them each day to make sure they stayed under.



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