27094Re: Building plywood Boats...Cross Post
- Mar 11, 2013Just an observation but I don't see any obvious to me advantages to
these methods over the Michalak/Payson build books.
Their books do not require any building jigs, frames nor stringers -
just the bulkheads - which become a part of the boat and provide the
flotation or shelter. Maybe an additional temporary bulkhead at the
widest part of the hull that can be re-used to make the rudder and
leeboard. Less solid lumber framing, less sawing and less weight in the
And Payson shows not even requiring holes in the panels for ties in his
tack and tape method. Just some tacks (small nails) and masking or duct
tape to hold the panels in place prior to sealing the seams with goop.
Plus a temporary "Spanish windlass" to close up the ends and maybe a
temporary brace to hold them. But his designs use 1/4" plywood which
allows for easy bends. His second last build book is still a classic in
my mind. As are all his writings which is what got this whole thing
going along with the drawing genius of Phil Bolger
Not sure if Welsford's book has ever been available in North America.
His writings and plans are awesome, but maybe more work to bring into
reality. You end up with a classic whereas Jim's and Phil's are just
plain "plain" for the most part by comparison.
--- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, john colley <Helliconia54@...> wrote:
> I'll second that!,I have downloaded these bks and thay are quite
informative.When I built my "stormbringer" (17ft pirogue) i used the
information i found in John Welsford's book,The backyard boat
builder".It describes the boats in his catalogue and how they came
about, but in the first part of the book he talks of stitch and glue and
other things.Excellent read>
> "There is magic in the feel of a paddle and the movement of a canoe, a
magic compounded of distance, adventure, solitude, and peace."
> -Sigurd Olson
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