Modifying plastic outrigger for wood build...??..??

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by weedeater64, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. alan white
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    alan white Senior Member

    All in all, the side planks (up to 12" or slightly more) would be better off one piece if it means omitting a seam. The reason is the top of the board is allowed to move with moisture cycles. Thus there's not so much movement at the chine seam.
    Use quarter-sawn wood especially when the boards are wide. It has half the movement of plain-sawn.
    The boat design will dictate whether or not even wide boards will be wide enough due to the shape curving a lot. Some boats like bateaus can get away with single board sides. Many designs require more than one pplank per side in order to account for curvature. You can also glue up (with epoxy, e.g.) more than one piece of wood to align the grain with the run of the plank better. You potentially have a lot more waste that way but if you can omit a seam it's probably worth it.
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