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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 08-07-2011 02:44 AM

In this case, fir, pine or cedar could be used. Not much of a difference.

The techniques are pretty dated in comparison to modern plywood boat construction.

The plywood could be improved on. If available, I would go with a real marine plywood for longevity. Better plywood would also allow you to go thinner and lighter and still be stronger. At least baltic birch or other well sealed hardwood plywood with exterior glue. If you go with the fir ply, you will need to glass the whole thing because the fir ply will check.

Epoxy is easier to work with and more forgiving than Weldwood.

I would also add some enclosed flotation to have something to hang on to when that puppy goes airborne and comes back butter side down.

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