657Atkin plans, how much detail and what come with them
- May 8, 2005Now that I'm started I can't stop putting in my two cents! <g> The Atkins
assumed that anyone tackling the big boats would be familiar with general
boatbuilding. A neophyte would be foolish to start in on a boat like Little
Ranger without having a smaller plank-on-frame boat under their belt.
Little Ranger will spend most of her life (all of it in mild climates like
the NW) in the water. If strip-planked, the strips will swell up and stay
sealed without any goop between the strips, so it makes little sense to go
through the mess and expense. If the boat ever fell into neglect and spent a
lot of time out of the water the strips would shrink to smaller width than
when they were new. If the 5200 was still sticking it might hold tight
enough to split the strips, if it failed, you'd have a whole bunch of s**t
to reef out of the seams. :o( Without goop, even if you can see light
through the seams after a few years on the hard, they'll swell tight again
when you get the boat back in the water.
I'd thought that strip-planking was newer, maybe arising in the 1920s or so,
but a fellow I know has a strip-planked rowboat built on Coos Bay in the
1890s. No goop between the strips of course. <g> There were lots of sawmills
around the bay back then and they probably used edge-cut scraps and resawn
rejected planks for the strips -- free or nearly so wood -- just like the
first strip-builders Back East...
On Wed, 27 Apr 2005 00:53:32 -0000, John D wrote:
> If a neophyte like me was building
> something like Little Ranger I'd want lots of advice and drawings of
> all structural subsystems like engine beds, mast steps, and very
> specific directions/drawings on how to assemble that keel, stem, and
> deadwood/shaft log. I'd probably leave it at strip planked with out
> sheathing of any kind with marine adhesive (3M or Sikaflex) between
> the strips.
One boat just leads to another.
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