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3 Manuals are now available as ebooks.
Our New Basic Stitch & Tape and Clinker Plywood Manuals are available on Amazon for under £4* each
(No plans included in these manuals)
These manuals are based on 30 years of experience building and designing boats. Many of those boats were built using the Stitch & Tape and Clinker Plywood methods of boat building. They are both great ways to get a boat relatively quickly, cheaply and easily. There are many designs for these methods of building out there to choose from, including my own on this site. The manuals give general information which can be used to help build a boat designed for these methods taking you through the process in a logical sequence.
They suit a wide range of a wide range of types and sizes – dinghies, sailing boats, motor boats, canoes etc. traditional and modern. With both methods planks, frames, transom and other parts are marked out and cut from plywood sheets but from there, things start to differ with each method.
Stitch & Tape hull construction involves cutting out the planks or panels of the boat, stitching them together with wire or cable ties so that the planks adjoin the next plank edge to edge. These joints are then taped with a fibreglass tape laid over the joint and saturated with resin.
Clinker Plywood construction basically involves cutting out the planks and other component parts of the boat from sheets of plywood. A build frame of moulds, the keel and stem assembly plus the transom is set up over the moulds. Then the planks are attached on position, one pair at a time slightly overlapping the previous plank. They may need to be held in place with wire or cable ties before the epoxy fillet is applied in the overlap to hold everything together. This produces a strong monocoque type hull which is ready to be fitted out.
It is very rewarding when you see the results of your work on the water. All you need is a little DIY ability, a set of plans, a few sheets of plywood and some epoxy materials. A small dinghy can be built for as little as £150 using cheap plywood, maybe even less.
I have designed and built many boats using these methods. More have been built using my plans including some built by a charity boat building project I work with. I have enjoyed this for many years boyh as part of my business and also, my hobby.
The DIY Small Boat Building with
Stitch & Tape and Clinker Plywood Designs
!! includes plans to build a dinghy in both methods !!
This manual, as with the others, is also based on 30 years of experience building and designing boats using various methods of boat building and various materials. The methods explained in this manual are both Stitch & Tape and Clinker Plywood, great ways for the novice DIY builder to get a boat relatively quickly, cheaply and easily. There are many designs for these methods to choose from, including my own and I have included plans for the Iden Pram dinghy in each method, taking you through the process in a logical, step by step sequence.
These ways of building suits boats of a wide range of types and sizes – dinghies, sailing boats, motor boats, canoes etc. Basically, for both methods, the build process involves marking out the planks and other parts on sheets of plywood, cutting them out and assembling them. Once a rigid hull is achieved, it is all glued together using epoxy materials before fitting out, painting and then, its ready for launching.
They are very enjoyable ways to get a boat. It is also very rewarding when you see the results of your work on the water. All you need is a little DIY ability, a set of plans (included here), a few sheets of plywood and some epoxy materials. The small dinghy can be built for as little as £150 using cheap plywood.
I have designed and built many boats using these methods and others but I find the Stitch & Tape/Clinker Plywood the best for DIY builders. My plans are used by a charity boat building project I work with for 12 – 18 year olds.
I have enjoyed building boats using these methods for many years as part of my business and also, my hobby.
All this for around the cost of one set of plans.
Why not have a go to?
It is also available from Amazon for less than *£8.00
We have now decided to re-offer full printed versions of these manuals and they are available for £20.00 from here (click here to buy) or from Amazon
A PDF copy on a disc for £15.00 Including postage (click here to buy).
*prices can change but should always be lower than stated prices.
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