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DIY Wooden Boat – Things to Consider in Building This Beginner’s Boat

If you’re completely new to boat building, let me be the first to tell you that there’s nothing easier than a DIY wooden boat. This makes it the popular choice of people who wish to build their own boat armed with only basic woodworking skills and tools.

However, as with any other project, you must first spend some time planning before anything else. I couldn’t stress enough the importance of going over thoroughly the different aspects of boat building. It’s going to help you prepare for the task ahead and help you avoid unnecessary mistakes along the way.

During the planning process, some things you should consider in building a DIY wooden boat are:

BUDGET

Wood are one of the most cost effective material in building a boat. So if budget and keeping the construction costs low is an important aspect for you, building a wooden boat is definitely the way to go.

Also, it’s also good to have a clear estimate on how much you’re willing to spend on the project. This may be an important consideration in deciding the design and size of the boat as well as the quality of the materials you’re going to use.

BOAT BUILDING METHOD

Another thing you have to decide early on is what boat building method you are going to employ for the project. There are many methods you can employ.Two of the most common one are the stitch and glue method and the ply over frame technique.

Stitch and glue method has been a popular choice for beginners. Not only is the method easy to implement, its also very cost effective. For this technique, you will only be needing wood, copper wire for stitching and marine epoxy for gluing. Fiberglass will also be used to strengthen the attachments of the parts together. boat things

Ply over frame on the other hand, requires that you go through the additional process of building a boat frame over which the wood will be attached. The framework is the basic foundation of the boat thus, the extra strength.

BOAT PLANS

Whether you choose to build using either which method of boat building, having a good boat plans to follow is totally imperative. The blueprints will serve as your guide in the planning and your instruction during the construction process.

As such, I have always stressed the importance of having an easy to implement plans for you to work on the project to completion successfully. I’ve always found boat plans with lots of diagrams and illustration a big help in following the instruction to the letter. If you are a beginner, you will find this a lot of help too.

 

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