A Manual of Plywood Boat Construction for Larger Craft
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This manual covers the construction of boats using modern ply on frame techniques - the stitch and tape method of construction is fine for boats below 18' or so although I have used it for larger craft, but in larger boats it gets expensive and is not necessarily the easiest method to use. So, for boats over 16 or 18' I tend to use a combination of methods, often based upon a basic framework of slotted ply components - ply frames/bulkheads and fore and aft girders (egg-box construction) and use epoxy only where it is appropriate and cost effective.
This book describes the construction of larger yachts and motor craft (above 18') using various different types of framework and planking processes from the pure stitch and tape, through clinker to hard/multi-chined and of course, ply on frame construction.
Several of the methods described can be used for all sizes of craft where the builder does not want to use epoxy.
The construction of decks and cabin tops/superstructures is also described using various methods - plywood, strip plank, vertical staving etc and the manual concludes with the various ways in which you can finish your boat - these chapters are also relevant to other forms of hull construction - strip planking, cold moulded etc.
Note - The Manual of Fit-Out for Yachts and Launches will be an excellent companion to this manual and will help you complete your boat.
1.1 Traditional Frameworks for Ply Over Frame Construction
1.2 Modern Frameworks for Ply Over Frame Construction
1.3 Epoxy Fillets vs Wood Filleting for Joining Plywood Components
1.4 Notes on Using Epoxies for Bonding Wood Components
1.5 The Choice of Design
The Work Area
2.1 General Comments
2.2 The Size of the Workshop
2.3 The Tools You Will Need
2.4 Basic Marking Out
Common Wood Joints
3.1 Solid Wood Joints for Frame Construction
3.1.1 Typical Joints for Solid Wood
3.1.2 The Scarf Join
3.1.3 Solid Wood Joints for Chines
3.2 Epoxy Joints for Frame Construction
3.2.1 Replacing Wood Fillets with Epoxy
3.2.2. Replacing Wood with Epoxy Joints between the Plywood Frames/Bulkheads and Hull Skin
3.2.3 Epoxy Joints for Chine Seams
188.8.131.52 The Simple Epoxy/Glass Chine Join
184.108.40.206 The Combi Epoxy/Wood Chine Join
220.127.116.11 The Edge Girder Chine Method
4.1 Solid Wood for Frameworks
4.2 Plywood for Frameworks
4.2.1 Can I use cheaper exterior plywood for the frames and bulkheads?
4.2.2. If I sheath the boat can I use exterior plywood for the hull planks/panels?
4.3 Glues & Adhesives
4.4.2 Gripfast Nails
4.4.3 Other Marine Fastenings
Setting Up the Framework
The Planking Process
6.1 Preparing the Framework for Planking
6.2 Planking the Hull (General Notes)
6.2.1 Multi-layered Plywood Planking
6.2.2 Joining Plywood Plank Lengths
18.104.22.168 Butt Joins
22.214.171.124 Scarf Joins
6.2.3 Planking for Stitch and Tape Hulls
6.2.4 For Plywood Plank over Frame Hulls
6.3 Finishing a Plywood Hull
6.3.1 Painting Only
6.4 Clinker or Lapstrake Planking
The Hull Exterior
7.1 Fitting Gunwales, Rubbers etc
7.2 Skeg, Deadwood and Wood Keels
7.2.1 Fitting Skegs/Deadwood
7.2.2 The Outer Stem
7.2.3 Bilge Runners
7.3 Marking the Water Line
7.4 Turning the Hull Over
8.1.1 The Deck Structure
8.1.2 The Cockpit
8.1.3 The Deck
126.96.36.199 Sheathed Deck Covering
188.8.131.52 Teak Deck Covering
8.2 Coachhouses, Cabin Tops and Superstructures
8.3 Companion Hatches and Typical Deck Joinery
Painting & Finishing