boats on this site make use of the stitch and glue and strip
building method, or a combination of these, they are some of
the simplest ways of building a good looking boat in wood.
long it takes to build a boat varies from person to person,
the boat you chose to build, your skills, the level of finish
that you desire,the number of starts and stops along the way.
Even the space you build in affects your timing, a small
cramped space makes efficiency more difficult to achieve, as
does your start point, using a kit or from plans, will you cut
the cedar strips if needed or purchase them?
paragraphs below contain brief descriptions of the methods
used to give you an idea of what each method entails.
This building method involves assembling plywood pieces cut to shape using a CNC router if you purchased a kit or starting from plans laid out using a table of offsets and/or full size patterns depending on the design that you are building, then cutting out the plywood pieces. The panels then have a series of 1/16” holes drilled along there edges which are then used to ‘stitch’ the panels together using wire stitches.
When the panels are stitched together a thickened epoxy mixture is applied to the joints between the stitches to glue the panels together. The stitches are removed when the glue has cured; the spaces in the seams are filled with glue in the areas where the stitches have been removed. Once the seams are filled and the hull sanded, it is sheathed then the bulkheads are installed, the deck attached, and the hardware installed after the finish has been applied.
hull and deck on these boats are built using plywood, the
hulls are normally 4mm and the decks 3mm all of marine grade
plywood.The exception to this is that a couple of the smaller
boats use only 3mm plywood.
boats have hulls built in the same way as the entirely plywood
stitch and glue boats the difference is in the decks, these
are built of cedar strips or a combination of woods to suit
your creative urges. Using cedar strips for the deck allows
much more versatility in deck shape and greater creativity
during construction and greatly enhances the look of the
finished product. While the use of cedar is normal and this is
what is supplied with the kit, you can combine many woods, cut
and install them in a variety of ways to make sure that your
boat is truly distinctive.Even
when only cedar is used it can be installed in a number of
different ways, you can see some of these in these pages and
on our Facebook page.
The deck is constructed using the hull and any additional deck framing as the mold from which the deck is removed, the underside epoxied then the deck is glued in place and the outside of the deck is sheathed.
Building a boat from cedar strips is much different than building from plywood, inn place of the plywood panels you use narrow strips of wood. The strips used are normally ¼” x ¾” in size and slightly longer than the hull being built, most strips have cove and bead edges to aid in fitting the strips to each other particularly where the side of the boat curves into the bottom.
strip boats are constructed over a strongback with molds to
hold all those small strips, to properly shape the hull and
glue them to each other during the building process.
Strip boat also allow you to use a variety of woods to vary
the look of the boat and they also allow for the addition of
patterns in the wood by joining strips of different colors
into a single strip and combining these to form patterns in