what material better wood metal etc

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Garth, Jul 25, 2006.


what material to use

Poll closed Aug 18, 2006.
  1. wood

  2. glass

  3. metal

  4. other

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  1. timgoz
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    timgoz Senior Member

    Sorry Poida,

    I got off the question and never found my way back:(

    A small steel aux. sailboat has been a part of my longterm plans for some time. Hopefully the above will become a reality.

    With that said, I have done a considerable amount of reading/study on the subject, veiwing full plans for a half a dozen such vessels. For me at 6'2" tall my lower limit would be the 26' Robert's Thom Thumb. There is also a 24' version (the orininal) and a 28' version. They are quite roomy considering their size. These vessels are all steel ie. hull, deck, & superstructure oppossed to some who have wood/ composite decks ect... The later lack many of the important advantages of all steel construction.

    There are a number of excellent books on the subject out there. I have a number but would recommend Bruce Roberts book on Metal Boats and one called "Steel Away" (excellent) as a starting point if interested.

  2. chandler
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    chandler Senior Member

    The composite deckings are extremely heavy and very expensive for what they are,
  3. cburgess
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    cburgess Junior Member

    Wood....in a recreational boat...

    Easier to repair than any of the other materials...

    Stress cycles are less of an issue...

    Maintenance is no more than the more modern materials...

    Can last for several generations...long after the rest are scrapped.

    The only material I design for and build in...
  4. Poida
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    Poida Senior Member

    Thanks Timgoz
    I'll see if I can get copies of those books. I was looking at the Glen-l designs on the web especially the "Union Jack." However I have a problem with the beam because I can make in my backyard but I can't get it down the side of my house without knocking the carport down.

    Are the Bruce Roberts boats on the web? I will do a search.

    Thanks again timgoz.

  5. Poida
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    Poida Senior Member

    Got the website, I like the Coastworker 25/28.
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