Re: [AtkinBoats] Re: plywood Rocking Chair
- Wooden decks on a metal hull has been done many times. You've got to be
careful at the joint between the deck and hull to make sure it's watertight.
Any joint between metal and wood is going to be a potential rot spot, so
Even though I'm the one who brought up metal construction, I think if I was
building one of the houseboats, and it was going to live in the water, I'd
do it plank on frame. I like working with wood better than metal, and the
relatively thick wooden planking is a good insulator.
On Sat, 06 Mar 2004 03:32:25 -0000, Alan wrote:
> Yes, sounds pretty good to me. From what I've learned in the first
> few hours of my crash course in aluminum fabrication it's more akin
> to wood construction than steel. Setup shouldn't be all that
> difficult. How do you reckon it would work to do the cabin AND the
> decks all in plywood/timber and use the aluminum for the hull sides
> and bottom only ?? There's something a bit raw about aluminum decks.
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- jkohnen@... wrote:
...."Even though I'm the one who brought up metal construction, I think if I was building one of the houseboats, and it was going to live in the water, I'd do it plank on frame. I like working with wood better than metal, and the
relatively thick wooden planking is a good insulator."
Another way would be to do a composite construction with steel frame and wood planking and decks. Legendary Yachts in Washougal Washington makes some very fine Yachts using this construction method.
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--- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, jkohnen@b... wrote:
I think if I was
> building one of the houseboats, and it was going to live in the
> do it plank on frame. I like working with wood better than metal,
> relatively thick wooden planking is a good insulator.
Coincidently I have returned to favouring wood construction ---
after several days of infatuation with the idea of building in
aluminum. I discovered that, broadly speaking, the cost of materials
alone are similar for aluminum and for HIGH QUALITY timber plus
For aluminum I would have to hire skilled labour, but not for
timber. And of course, I can make do with less than high quality
timber. Taking these factors into account the cost of timber is
about one half that of aluminum. More important, using aluminum
would have encouraged me to get more fancy and fussy than I want.
The original idea was to have a simple boat built to a workboat
standard, that could be finished in months, not years.
The construction I now have firmly in mind is epoxy glued plank
(18mm) on frame covered with a layer of plywood and then epoxy
glassed. From the inside the appearance would be like cold moulded
plank on frame (better resale value, better looking, etc.), but the
outside would have all the benefits of glass sheathing.
And I like working with wood best as well :)