I have my stations in place for my Snowshoe 14 and so I'm keen to
start the boat building proper.
Firstly I'm wondering why the plans specify spruce or pine for the
knee but 3/8th ply for the knee. Does anyone see a problem using
wood and not ply for both pieces?
I used pine for the stems of my Arrow 14. I also didn’t
have access to plywood at that point. I had to join two pieces. With
plywood, you could do it with one piece.
Secondly, the plans call for 3/8 thick pieces for the stem and knee.
I can't readily buy 3/8 wood but have on hand 1/2 inch wood. I'm
thinking to go with the 1/2 inch wood but have the option of driving
about 60 miles to a mate who has a thicknesser. Are there going to
be issues down the track if I go for this slightly thicker wood. I
can't see a problem but I'm new to this and maybe have missed
I ripped the pine to make it 3/8. If you make it ½, you have to
compensate in various areas. Like the cutwater, etc.
Finally, the plans suggest structural epoxy for gluing. I don't know
much about glues, but it seems like a high strength polyurethane
glue (e.g. http://www.vise.com.au/boatbuilders_quality.shtml)
going to be just fine and probably much nicer to work with. Any
The epoxy that comes with the partial kit is really good. That
said, when I built the Arrow 14 in 2003, the partial kit included a bottle on
polyurethane glue called Excel. This was for the rib joints. The idea was
that the Excel was strong enough for the rib joints and easy to apply there,
but that the epoxy was for places where the fill was needed and where the
structural forces would be greatest. I.e. in all other places.
Platt abandoned the Excel. In previous posts, we speculated
that because the Excel expanded, it made the joints somewhat messy. Platt preferred
clean lines all around. I’m inclined to continue to use the polyurethane
glue for the rib joints on my Classic 14, if and when I ever get to them.
I wouldn’t use polyurethane glue for the entire boat.
Thanks in advance for any help.