Boatbuilding can be a fun but daunting task, especially if you are new to this. Still, it does not have to be complicated.
Even if you have no experience working with wood and everything needed for boat making, with determination and willpower, you can quickly get started.
However, to get started, you need some guidelines to build a boat. That is precisely what we are going to talk about in this article.
Here are some steps you can follow;
STEP 1: Type of Boat
First, you need to decide what type of boat you want to build. There are a lot of different kinds of boats you can make. For man-powered boats, you can choose to build a raft or a plywood kayak.
STEP 2: Finding Materials
Now that you know what type of boat you want to build, it is time to decide what materials you need. Boats can require many different kinds of materials, depending on what kind of boat you are making. Some of these include:
Used for traditional boat making, wood is widely available at a reasonable price. There are many different designs you can pick from. The most common type of wood used to make boats is plywood. You can find most woods at any carpentry store.
Aluminum is an excellent material for boat making. It is a bit expensive and also quite light but durable. There is no painting required for its protection. Aluminum does not even require much maintenance.
Fiberglass is a trendy choice when it comes to building boats. They are quite heavy and are very expensive.
Using fiberglass requires only some necessary skills that can be learned quickly. It is also quite easy to shape the material into any form, which can be quite helpful when it comes to building boats.
You can easily buy small quantities of fiberglass at any hardware store.
STEP 3: Methods
When the first two steps are done, you need to decide on the method you want to use. You are able to pick from a range of ways, including:
Stitch and Tape
Stitch and tape/ stitch and glue is the most basic technique used to build boats. It is not only comfortable but also very fast. This method also does not cost much, even though it has a plywood hull.
In this technique, you need to cut the plywood panels to shape and form a hull shape. This method is excellent because it does not require any special tools.
Carvel planking is a traditional construction method. It requires high sets of skills and the use of expensive materials.
For this method, each of the tapered planks needs to be an edge to edge and connected to a framework.
It is a form of carvel planking. In the case of strip planking, the hull is built using strips of wood.
You can take parallel strips of wood and stick them together in an edge to edge contact.
Ply Over Frame
This method does not require very high skills. It has a conventional framework, so it typically takes a bit more time than the stitch and tape method.
The way this technique works is that you need to glue the plywood over a stiff frame.
STEP 4: Finishing
After you have built your own boat, there is one last thing left to do, and that is applying a finish. Finishes are useful because they add beauty and protection to boats. Applying a finish to your project can transform it remarkably.
There are different types of finishes like paint, stain and clear coat. Paint is a common choice for woodworking projects such as plywood. If it applied lightly, you would still be able to see the wood grains, giving it a more natural look.
The clear coat includes wax, oils, and varnish. Oils are usually applied heavily at first and then wiped a bit. This makes them pretty easy to use.
The methods for finishing are quite simple.
As mentioned earlier, oils, along with varnish and shellac, can be wiped on using a piece of cloth. This is a fast-finishing method that makes the process convenient.
The spray method is usually used for paint and stain. These can be found in spray cans and are pretty affordable.
Brushing is the only method that actually requires cleaning. The brushes can also leave marks, so it is recommended that you buy good quality brushes.
No matter the type, most finish products can be found at any woodworking shop.
So, there you have it. These are some of the resources you need to build boats. If you follow these steps, boat making will seem a lot easier and fun and not alike a hassle.