Strip building of boats has been around for a long time. In the past large boats were carvel planked with heavy boards attached to solid ribs using sturdy fasteners or wood dowels. Caulking of tar and fibers was driven between the planks and when the boat was launched the boards swelled, came closely together and formed a mostly watertight hull.
The Strip Planking method of boat building could be described as a form of carvel planking. However, using strips is a form of construction which is much more suitable for the back yard builder. Using this method a beautifully round bilged boat can be built with less skill and tools than with carvel.
Why did we use the cedar strip boat building technique to build our cruising sailboat Alacazam? For three main reasons - the superior qualities of cedar as a boat building material, the speed of construction of the cedar strip boat building technique, and the strength and lightness of a wood-epoxy hull. Cedar is a light dimensionally stable wood, with a very high strength-to-weight ratio.
Traditionally, the hull shape has had to be "lofted" drawn down full size and faired so that the frame or mould shapes could be accurately taken off the lofting. The frames or moulds were then erected on a strongback with the keel member etc and then the solid planking added - the planks had to be carefully tapered towards the ends and then the seams were "caulked". This is the traditional "Carvel" method of boat construction.
Here is a magnificent example fo what can be done using quikstrip. It is a scaled reporduction of an 's square rigger which can be sailed. It was built using Boatcraft Pacific Quikstrip and our Purbond to hold the Quikstrip hull until it can be sheathed.
Maritime Wood Products can supply all of your wood needs for hull construction, including the following products:. Speed Strip is the ultimate strip planking material for many applications in boat building, repair and restoration. It is the fastest, easiest way to build a strong, rigid, lightweight wooden structure.
Strip-builtor "strip-plank epoxy ", is a method of boat building. The process involves securing narrow, flexible strips of wood edge-to-edge around temporary formers. The strips are glued edge-to-edge with epoxy.
S trip planking is a form of carvel planking. The hull is built over forms using strips of wood, edge-glued, and edge fastened together. The strips are kept narrow so that there is very little shaping required.
Most of the pictures on this page are of a build of the SFD Felix Steam Launch that is nearing completion at our old workshop. This has been built to a very high spec with all the fitting out in native Scottish Hardwoods. The Timber used for the planking was Douglas Fir so that internal glassing would not be required.
Building Strip-Planked Boats. Let's get this clear from the start: it is a waste of time to build your own wooden boat. These days there are far quicker ways to get yourself on the water than going down to a basement shop, fooling around with a bunch of weird tools, making a big mess, and spending time being careful to do it right.