Wooden Boat Building

Wooden Boat Building

Although wooden boat building is too labour intensive for wooden boats to compete commercially with their plastic counterparts, wood is still one of the best structural materials for small boats. Wood and epoxy are used to build some of the world's best multi-hull sailing boats, sprint kayaks and rowing shells.
Wood is up to 10 times stiffer than fibreglass by weight and nearly 6 times stiffer than kevlar-epoxy composite. Thus your energy is used moving the boat, not expended flexing the hull. Wood also retains its strength despite repeated cycles of tension and compression from rough seas and fast paddling: it does not get brittle with age as fibreglass and plastic can.
Marine ply boats are lighter than a glass or plastic version so they accelerate quicker, carry more equipment and supplies, and are easier to spin on wave tops and in surfing conditions. Ashore, lighter boats are also better: they are easier to carry above the high water mark or lift onto a car roof rack.
With fibreglass sheathed hulls to resist puncturing and abrasion, these boats are tough. All the wood is saturated in epoxy so that most of the maintenance associated with traditional wooden boats is eliminated.

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