Saturday, October 22, 2005

The Plan

How does one actually go about building a boat? The design I've chosen is quite simple, actually. For a small boat, the method results in a good looking boat that is strong, yet simple to build. In this case, pre-cut sections of mahogany marine-grade plywood are curved and "stitched" together using copper wire twist ties through closely-spaced holes drilled in the edge of each piece. The joints are then filled with an epoxy to make them strong and waterproof. Then, the hull is sheathed in a layer of fiberglass to add strength. Finally, the boat is finished with layers of epoxy and then varnish or paint.

As one who has gone before me, Daniel Alverez shows on his web page how this is done. The boat he built is very similar to what I will be doing.


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