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Re: [AtkinBoats] CHOOSING OUTBOARD SKIFFS

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  • John B. Trussell
    Many skiffs are now designed with plywood bottoms. This is certainly one way to go, but in my opinion, plywood is a floppy, limp material and it needs more
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 15, 2005
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      Many skiffs are now designed with plywood bottoms. This is certainly one
      way to go, but in my opinion, plywood is a floppy, limp material and it
      needs more framing than it normally gets.

      John T
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      From: "rljssn" <rljssn@...>
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      Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2005 10:03 PM
      Subject: [AtkinBoats] CHOOSING OUTBOARD SKIFFS


      > Guys,
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      > It sounds like the double planked bottom glued well might be my
      > ticket in a drysailed environment. Was the Yankee Tender intended for
      > this type of service? My interest is peaked and I need to check that
      > article. I let my Woodenboat magazine subscription lapse. oops.
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      > Just for the sake of discussion and curiosity. Suppose I double
      > plank, or cold mold, or just use plain plywood for the bottom. Now we
      > have a solid water tight bottom. The bottom side plank is the only
      > one left that gets constant water contact. Can I expect trouble with
      > this plank even if fitted and fastened well?
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      > John Gardner recommends soaking the plank stock with hot linseed oil
      > and turps to minimize the shrinking and swelling. Anyone try that?
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      > I think I can talk myself into the double planking bottom but I'm not
      > sure what to use on the plank laps. If the boat were going to be in
      > water I know the planks would swell shut. What are people using these
      > days to seal plank laps?
      >
      > I get a vacation here soon and a chance to get over to my cedar
      > supply guy. This may all be moot if he doesn't deliver the goods.
      >
      > thanks guys for all your input!
      > Russell
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