I know this is a very old thread but I am looking at elon jessup too as my next one. Would it be feasible to use 6mm ply for sides and two layers of 6mm for the bottom? Glued lap per Hill and Oughtred. Closer spaced side frames and an open inwale and outwale system? I am hoping that the closer/more frames and gunwale system will compensate for some of the lightness of the lighter ply. All I have is 6mm ply left over from my last boat ( not an Atkin design) and really can't afford to buy more ply at the moment.
How many other Atkins boats not specified for ply are suitable for ply construction? Which ones? I am hoping to build HAVEN someday, anybody know of any that have been built. I reall like RUSSELL R too but HAVEN really lights my fire. Thanks for any help.
--- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, jkohnen@... wrote:
> A friend of mine just launched a boat built like that a few weeks ago; a
> little dory built cross-planked skiff style, but out of plywood. Here are
> some photos that might give you some inspiration. It only took him a month
> from dreaming up the design to completion! You'll have to sign up with
> another Yahoo group to see these:
> 1/2" ply on the sides and 3/4" on the bottom is awfully heavy construction!
> I agree with Steve that 3/8" on the sides and 1/2" on the bottom is plenty.
> Run the grain of the face veneers of the plywood across the bottom for best
> Epoxy will hold the laps fine.
> Years ago Wooden Boat ran a couple of artcles about building a flat-bottom
> skiff that cover the construction quite well, in numbers 30 and 31, which
> are out of print. They may still sell a booklet with the articles in it,
> look for something about building the Yankee Tender in their catalog.
> On Tue, 24 Feb 2004 05:59:43 -0000, Andrew wrote:
> > Boy am I glad to find this site!. Several years ago I purchased plans
> > for John Atkin's Elon Jessup 16' flat bottomed skiff from the
> > By-the-Sea website. Trouble was, despite being a lifelong cabinetmaker
> > and woodcarver, this was my first wood boat project and the plans came
> > with no "instruction book", just plans. None of my boat building
> > books covered the building procedure of an athwartship plank bottomed,
> > lapstrake sided boat, so I shelved the plans untill I had a clue how
> > to proceed.
> > ...
> > I figure I'll use 1/2" okume ply for the sides, as John Atkins
> > allowed in his comments, and 3/4(18mm) okume ply for the bottom.
> > ...
> > What I'm the least sure about is the
> > fastening of the plank laps and the side frames. Mechanical or epoxy?
> > ...
> John <jkohnen@...>
> One boat just leads to another.
> <John Kohnen>