Boat kit

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by slsmallcraft, Aug 5, 2019.

  1. slsmallcraft
    Joined: May 2019
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    Location: Spring Lake, MI

    slsmallcraft New Member

    I recently retired and purchased a 4x8 CNC Router. I want to make a small dinghy kit that is easy to build and relatively inexpensive. On the first boat I'm using marine ply but went with Hydrotek (Meranti) as opposed to Okoume as it's a bit less expensive. The designer is calling out hoop or Oregon pine for the softwood components (gunwales, seat supports, etc.). I understand "hoop" or "Oregon" is essentially Douglas Fir (the real stuff, not SPF). Is Cedar an "OK" alternative based on availability and price? Or is there something else...DF is probably fine I'm finding the local lumber suppliers dont really have DF. It's a small 8' pram style dinghy.
    Thanks in advance for your comments....
    Dan
     
  2. Ike
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    Location: Washington

    Ike Senior Member

    Cedar is a good alternative. It's light and rot resistant. Of course I am talking western red cedar, or white cedar. Eastern Red cedar is probably not as good but certainly can be used. Cedar has a plus. It keeps the bugs away.
     
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