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Here is a magnificent example fo what can be done using quikstrip. It is a scaled reporduction of an 's square rigger which can be sailed. It was built using Boatcraft Pacific Quikstrip and our Purbond to hold the Quikstrip hull until it can be sheathed.
Most of the pictures on this page are of a build of the SFD Felix Steam Launch that is nearing completion at our old workshop. This has been built to a very high spec with all the fitting out in native Scottish Hardwoods. The Timber used for the planking was Douglas Fir so that internal glassing would not be required.
So cedar has longevity issues? I was reading the T thread, and it said some where made of cedar strip It is wooden core with grp overtop?
S trip planking is a form of carvel planking. The hull is built over forms using strips of wood, edge-glued, and edge fastened together. The strips are kept narrow so that there is very little shaping required.
The Strip Planking method of boat building could be described as a form of carvel planking. However, using strips is a form of construction which is much more suitable for the back yard builder. Using this method a beautifully round bilged boat can be built with less skill and tools than with carvel.
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Traditionally, the hull shape has had to be "lofted" drawn down full size and faired so that the frame or mould shapes could be accurately taken off the lofting. The frames or moulds were then erected on a strongback with the keel member etc and then the solid planking added - the planks had to be carefully tapered towards the ends and then the seams were "caulked". This is the traditional "Carvel" method of boat construction. Today, we can produce a lovely round bilged shape without many of the tools and skills required for traditional round bilged construction by using the strip planked method.
Strip-builtor "strip-plank epoxy ", is a method of boat building. The process involves securing narrow, flexible strips of wood edge-to-edge around temporary formers. The strips are glued edge-to-edge with epoxy.
Strip Cedar is a method commonly used today for kayaks and canoes but as one of the main advantages is that practical any shape can be created, some very interesting multihulls have been built with the same concept. The fact that it uses wood along with relatively simple techniques and tools, permits builders of minimal skill to have success. However, the system is quite labor intensive and therefore best for one-off efforts and the completed boat generally somewhat heavier than competing systems that use a lighter core. Basically, the boat is built 'core first', with a very simple building jig being used made up of station templates cut in plywood or chipboard from the designer's plans.