A fun looking Instructable where a Gavin Atkin Mouseboat design (plans are free from Duckworks) is constructed from builders foam insulation. Wouldn’t have thought it would be tough enough, but he skins it with glue-impregnated cloth and it seems to work well.
(I didn’t know people built camping trailers from this stuff… they call them "foamies".)
A good Glen-L article giving an overview (with some really good links to other sites) of the use and recommended (non)-use of stainless steel fastenings in boatbuilding.
The obvious isn’t always such a great fit in the harsh climate.
I’ve seen "single sheet boats" plenty of time (where you build a boat from a single sheet of plywood), but I’ve never encountered a "single 2×4" boat before.
Very nice woodwork… a bit unstable on that first launch, but try, try again… 🙂
I wish this guy well… hand building a cedar dugout canoe – and then sailing the English Channel.
The Souquillou Project is not just about the building of a canoe, it’s a project about transforming a tree into a seaworthy vessel and get it about 150 km (about 100 miles) from the inland of North France to the white cliffs of the stormy coast of South England.
Check his video blog, also.
Carving a Cedar Canoe PART 1 from Bricobart on Vimeo.
OK, here’s a neat take on building a kayak… using 2" (or 1") EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam panels. Layer them like a cake and glue together, carved to shape. The builder calls it the Sawfish, and it looks like a fine craft.
And one that most anybody could build with minimal tools and space.
I do note that (like me), he finds that getting the supplies he wants is difficult. The standard local stores never seem to carry quite what you need (in his case 2" EPS foam), at least without buying a pallet of it.
The other day we had a Glen-L Goliath build in steel. Today we have another blog where a Glen-L Titan is being built in wood.
Similar boats, both designed by Hankinson, the Titan is slightly larger at 20′ while the Goliath is 18’6".
Glen-L has a ton of plans and great resources for the home builder. Their community of builders is a resourceful bunch and posts are worth reading.
"Aero_dan" is an active farmer who is building a Hankinson Goliath (in steel) in his barn. His blog is frequently updated with his latest endeavors.
I really liked the idea of using pipes for chines and having them double as a keel cooler.
The folks at SV Seeker are willing to jump in and do most anything, I think (check out there site). THey have built personal submarines and a 74′ steel hulled motor sailer.
This video series shows how they took on casting and creating the blades for their prop, after obtaining a Hundested controllable pitch propeller hub.
Check it out (this is the first of a series of videos).
A detailed video of a plain flat-bottomed boat. Plans available from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Plywood and Gorilla Glue.
From our friends at Glen-L.
What a pretty boat… great job!