Newbie needs some clues.

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by troutrunner, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. troutrunner
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    troutrunner New Member

    Hello all,
    Please treat me gently as a first timer, I have a lot of good quality 1/4inch ply and thought it might be possible to use it for a smallish river/canal boat.

    I am thinking of one in the region of 18/20foot long, a friend has one in glassfibre and thought it could be copied and made with ply. Has anyone any ideas on how to work out a plan taken from his boat, I have some thoughts already but would be gratefull of any comments and ideas.

    I'm in your hands, regards, Paul
     
  2. alan white
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    alan white Senior Member

    To build a plywood boat, choose a design that is hard-chined. Copying a rounded hull is difficult for obvious reasons. In fact, even talented boat designers don't find it particularly easy to convert curves to facets. Give yourself a break and buy a set of plans. They won't cost much if the boat is small and simple.
     
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  4. troutrunner
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    troutrunner New Member

    Thanks Richard for your welcome.

    I'm new to the idea of boat building but not so new to working with wood, I have an idea, perhaps not conventional but want to try.

    All comments will be taken on board (pun intended), over a period of time it will become clear to me if my thoughts are practical.

    Thanks for your thoughts and plans so far, I look forward to many more,

    Paul
     
  5. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    You can use plywood to build a round bilge design, but these would be a rare find as most are chine as Alan has mentioned. Also, most round bilge designs of the size you desire, would incorporate 3 mm (1/8") plywood, in two or more layers, rather then 1/4".
     

  6. Ike
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    Ike Senior Member

    Plywood is perfect for stitch and glue boatbuilding. Find a set of plans that matches what you are looking for and have at it. I am sure there are plans available that come very close to your friends boat, but have chines rather than round bilges.

    Try http://www.devlinboat.com/

    or http://www.bateau.com/

    and http://www.glen-l.com/

    Or do an internet search on stitch and glue boat building.
     
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