Plywood Boat Plans
Probably one of the easiest ways to build the boat of your dream is by using plywood boat plans. Boats can be built from a variety of materials ranging from fiber glass to metal, but plywood boats are possibly one of the easiest for home boat builders to build.
Plywood is wonderful for boat building for many reasons. To start, it is a very light and surprisingly durable material. This allows it to have excellent flotation, which is of course crucial for any boat building success.
There are two types of plywood suitable for boat building: marine and regular plywood. Marine is obviously the preferred choice. Marine has more plies (layers) than regular plywood and less open spaces where air and water can be trapped and cause rotting in the wood. However, if marine plywood is unavailable in your area regular plywood can also be used for boat construction as well – you will just need to be extra cautious to make sure the wood is fully sealed.
Plywood is also easily modified, making it easy for the home boat builder to use. Most plywood boat plans only require basic tool kits to build often quite beautiful and elaborate boats. Because plywood is such an easy and reliable boat building material, many boat building schools and hobby centers that teach boat building use plywood boat plans for their instruction. Everyone from amateurs to professionals will find building plywood boats to be and surprisingly easy undertaking and a very rewarding experience.
One element to keep in mind when selecting and using a plywood boat plan is that the boat you build must be completely waterproof and strong. This is often achieved by using a Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer on all exterior wood.
To have success with plywood boat building you need tried and true plywood boat building plans. One of the best sources of plywood boat plans currently available, are the affordable Plans4Boats complete boat plan package. There are hundreds of plans in this package, many of them plywood boat plans. This package was put together by the professional Danish boat builder Daniel Holden, who has over twenty years experience designing and building boats. Holden’s boat plan package includes over 254 boat plans plus many additional bonus boat building guides and instructions. There are literally thousands of pages of boat building materials in his boat building package. It is essentially an entire library of boat building materials from past and present, including numerous plywood boat plans.
With Holden’s boat package you will be able to build a plywood boat knowing that the plans you are using are tried and tested, and you will also be able to save substantially on materials as well using his building methods.
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