Framing a small boat

Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by Damian3716, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. gonzo
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  2. Damian3716
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    Thanks. I'll have a look. Sound a hell of a lot more reasonable.
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    Damien, I recently saw your old post ( Naval architecture by distance learning) and saw that you were once in the position I now find myself in. I was wondering if you could contact me so I can pick your brains about how you went on?

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    Personally I'd find it hard to use oak for most 'small' boats. On big stuff like Thames barges etc oak is common and often substituted with Iroko. For the type of thing your building I'm fairly sure Doug Fir would be fine if tight grain. Even the outboard mount pad can be made from this with protective aluminium pieces too. Unless you planning on 200hp....

    There are other hardwood timber merchants around but it is more difficult to locate them and you have to be prepared to travel. Try asking at a decent local joiners? I have about 3 or 4 yards available and for high quality Sitka I have to drive 200 miles away to give you some idea. However local hardwood(s) about 20 - 30 miles.
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