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  • JohnyM7@excite.com
    Oct 28, 2004
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      Thanks guys for the advice. Your words are valuable to the inexperienced builder. My principle obstacle to building a traditionally planked boat is steam bending. I'm afraid, perhaps too much, of getting a serious burn. It also sounds like a hot, miserable task.

      I was considering building a plywood boat, but after building a one man plywood dory, reading messages of other plywood builders and their problems, reading Sam Devlin's fine book on plywood boat building, and discovering that there were boats that could be built using sawn frames I decided on traditional construction. I will post at a later time my reasons for choosing planked construction over plywood, in case there are other group members who are still undecided as to which method they should use.

      Finding the At kin design catalog on line has been like striking gold. I consider approximately 5,000 lbs. to be the limit of what I can afford to build and also complete in a reasonable amount of time. I am leaning toward Lady Joan because I have a soft spot for double-enders in general and canoe yawls in particular, although I will also look at a couple of the other designs. Lady Joan is an especially beautiful example of the canoe yawl. Her modified full keel should make her more suited to blue water than most canoe yawls with their shoal-draft centerboard arrangements. Her three foot five inch draft should still allow her to be anchored close to shore. Building with sawn frames and using laminated frames where necessary should put her within my abilities. I will test both the wood and the glue by gluing wood samples together and then alternately boiling and freezing the glued wood twice.

      The dory I built required lofting. I screwed it up at first and ruined a sheet of plywood, but I don't find the process intimidating.

      George Buehler's book seems to be the most up-to-date, although Chapelle's book appears to be the most extensive reference. I will probably buy both.

      Thanks again for your ideas and comments. They are a big help.

      JohnM








      --- On Thu 10/28, Scott Holt sdholt@... wrote:
      From: Scott Holt [mailto: sdholt@...]
      To: AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 00:45:39 -0700 (PDT)
      Subject: Re: [AtkinBoats] Lady Joan

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      John is right about oak and epoxy does not mix well.<BR>
      You can use white ash, rock elm, and apitong in that<BR>
      order of preference for steam bending.� Don't<BR>
      substitute red oak for white.. That's big trouble.<BR>
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      "BOATBUILDING" by Howard I. Chapelle is excellent<BR>
      reference as well as Robert M. Steward's "BOATBUILDING<BR>
      MANUAL."� However, if you are building your first boat<BR>
      or a bit larger boat I would have to recommend George<BR>
      Buehler's "Buehler's Backyard Boatbuilding."� This is<BR>
      the book that George calls his shop manual.�� It gives<BR>
      step-by-step instructions from lofting (very simple<BR>
      the George way), laying the keel, cutting the rabbit<BR>
      line, frame construction, interior construction,<BR>
      building a mast, everything, and its fun to read, even<BR>
      if you're not building a boat.� Very clear, easy to<BR>
      follow with lots of drawings and photos.. I have all<BR>
      three..<BR>
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      Good luck and don't give up the dream....<BR>
      <BR>
      Scott<BR>
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