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Posted: Aug 20th, 2015 at 06:42   |   Subject: Hull Constuction
Hi my name is Ben Farr, I'm an Englishman living in New Zealand. I'm building No 146, and I'm very much enjoying do so.I think the frames methodology is simple and accurate. I've made 3 frames, quite slow going as my 3 young kids are 'helping' me. I think your instructions are fantastic- very concise, even for a beginner like myself.

This may be a silly questions, but I'm a little confused. I've been reading through instruction book 2, am I correct in thinking that there are 4 'layers' (lapstrake,inner skin,fist diagonal $ second diagonals)that make up the hull. Or do I choose between ply lapstrake or cold-moulded wood-epoxy.

Thanks,I look forward to your response.
Posted: Aug 20th, 2015 at 12:39   |   Subject: Subject: Hull Construction
Sorry for the confusion.

There are alternative skin systems:

Lapstrake – a single skin of lapped 9mm ply planks, lands epoxy filleted inside and out. Section 18 of the instructions.


Cold-moulded – 6mm longitudinal close-fitted strips + 2 off 3mm diagonal veneers. Section 19 of the instructions.

Reading the instructions again, I can see that it really isn't very clear. I will change the heading of Section 19 to read "Alternative Cold-Moulded Hull Skin".

I'm glad you (and your children) enjoying building the boat. It's special that they are helping even if it doesn't speed things along much!

I would love to have some photos as you progress.

Best regards

Posted: Aug 21st, 2015 at 06:37   |   Subject: Thanks
Thanks so much for your prompt reply. I almost built a boat capable of withstanding a 'U' boat attack.
Posted: Aug 25th, 2015 at 13:24   |   Subject: Subject: Hull Construction
Many years ago we had an old 35' double-ender at the yard – a gaff cutter – she was traditional clinker but at some point in her life she had been carvel planked over the top of the clinker – so it isn't totally unknown! Bit tedious to accomplish.