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Re: Australian- new member here: Handy Andy help please

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  • baileyje68
    It would appear the Handy Andy would be a good candidate for strip build. Anyone have any ideas about that? John
    Message 1 of 8 , Dec 24, 2010
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      It would appear the Handy Andy would be a good candidate for strip build. Anyone have any ideas about that?

      John
      --- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "JohnA" <jalmberg@...> wrote:
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      > --- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "JohnA" <jalmberg@> wrote:
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      > > > Hello to everyone, I'm new to the world of boats and sailing but am considering a boat building project. I keep returning to the wonderful Atkin plans and in particular the 'Handy Andy'. The boat's size 8x4 and its traditional look seem just about right to me. Generally it is to be used by myself as row and sail but with the ability to carry another adult. The only thing is the mystery aspect of the canvas covering. I have read a little about the Penn Yan co and the Handy Andy was apparently a prototype of sorts for them (well, according to the Atkin site). Could someone offer some advice for the first time builder. I was going to send off for the plans but am curious if it can be readily adapted for ply. Don't get me wrong, I am most happy to build in the designed method if this is feasible but just wanted to chat with someone who has done it. Thanks everyone and G'day from downunder
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      > > I've never done it, but there's a good explanation of the approach in Chapelle's "Boatbuilding". A short excerpt tells most of the story:
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      > > "The structure of these is basically a carvel-planked hull covered with canvas. The planking is very thin and is supported by wid, thin, closely spaced frames. No attempt is made to get watertight seams in the planking."
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      > > In other words, thin planking supports the canvas and the paint makes the boat water tight.
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      > > The canvas also stiffens the boat and makes it stronger than it would be, with just the light planks.
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      > > It's a cheap and cheerful method of boat building. No doubt some would say the canvas and paint should be replaced by fiberglass & epoxy. I'm not sure the planking would be stable enough for that.
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      > > Hope that helps.
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      > > -- John
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      > Whoops... suddenly realized the original question was 2 months ago. Wonder why it suddenly appeared in my email? Oh well...
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