Boatbuilding Tips and Tricks
I've been compiling this blog of boatbuilding tips and tricks, plus launchings and in-progress boatbuilding projects for over five years now. The vast majority of the questions I receive by email have already been asked by someone else, so if you take the time to read through the archives, you'll probably run across many the questions you may already have plus find answers to questions you haven't thought of yet. You also get a chance to look through many of the projects that others are building. I try to include as many of the photos I receive from builders as well, some from facebook pages.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
I occasionally get emails letting me know that I've made an error on my drawings because the slots I recommend to cut out for the keelson are too wide. This is intentional. These are called "Limber Holes" and they're there to allow water in the bilge to have a pathway to flow between frames. This is so one pump at the lowest point of the hull can remove it and you don't leave puddles on either side of the low point when you bail the hull out. So when you're looking over the plans, and notice that the keelson slots are too wide for the keelson, now you know why.
You can download the actual step-by-step construction manual that comes with all of my ply on frame boats for free without needing to buy any plans here: Illustrated Guide for Building a Spira International Ply-On-Frame Boat.
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Please don't be embarrassed to send in photos of your projects. I get a lot of emails from people who tell me about their build but never send any pictures. I'd love to see them, as would all of the other people who are either building a boat or thinking about it. They need all the encouragement they can get.