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post #1 of 21 Old 02-21-2018, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Self-Made Plywood Boat Project

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I built my first self-made plywood boat ever in 2016. More information and my boat project video here:

Hope you like it!
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Very nice. My parents' first boat was a Sears molded plywood runabout, about 15 feet long. Can't figure out how they mold plywood.

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Hello!

I built my first self-made plywood boat ever in 2016. More information and my boat project video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meBqyB66izE

Hope you like it!
Making a boat is something I have always wanted to do. I was thinking maybe a sailboat. I have waited too late in life to do it now. I am so glad you posted this. You really done a great job and showing pictures really is nice. I love the fishtail in the last picture.
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In my young days, I used to race a Fairey Firefly dinghy made from moulded plywood. Fairy also made a large sea going yacht using same method of construction originally used to make the Mosquito plane.

https://fireflyclass.co.uk/editorial_24/

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Nice. I suppose if it is waterproof enough, it will be OK. But the whole idea of using plywood for an application that sits in water makes me nervous. After all, plywood and water don't typically like each other, do they?

... turning perfectly good wood into firewood every day ... :smile3:
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Plywood is a really standard material for boats. From what I've read (I'm considering building a canoe this summer) you can either paint it thoroughly and expect it to last a couple of years, or fiberglass it and expect it to last as long as you take care of it.

I'll likely try for skin-on-frame if I decide to go ahead with it, but 1/8" ply is common.
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We had a molded plywood hull runabout boat for years in my teens. Shell made in eastern Canada.
As I can recall, careful maintenance and it looked like new, structurally sound.
I like the design of Vesimakara's boat in #1
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"How it's Made " had an item on marine ply today. Basically, waterproof glue and tropical hardwoods. Probably a video on Utube. Too expensive for us.. we used waterproof Masonite for decking and then complete construction. never a problem.
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Very nice. My parents' first boat was a Sears molded plywood runabout, about 15 feet long. Can't figure out how they mold plywood.
Thank you!
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Making a boat is something I have always wanted to do. I was thinking maybe a sailboat. I have waited too late in life to do it now. I am so glad you posted this. You really done a great job and showing pictures really is nice. I love the fishtail in the last picture.
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Nicely done!
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In my young days, I used to race a Fairey Firefly dinghy made from moulded plywood. Fairy also made a large sea going yacht using same method of construction originally used to make the Mosquito plane.

https://fireflyclass.co.uk/editorial_24/

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Nice. I suppose if it is waterproof enough, it will be OK. But the whole idea of using plywood for an application that sits in water makes me nervous. After all, plywood and water don't typically like each other, do they?
Thanks!

I drag my boat ashore after a drive, so it's not all the time on the water.
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We had a molded plywood hull runabout boat for years in my teens. Shell made in eastern Canada.
As I can recall, careful maintenance and it looked like new, structurally sound.
I like the design of Vesimakara's boat in #1
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Sort of off topic, but does anyone remember the stories of the guy who built a boat in his basement and couldn't get it out the door???

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That is great! Thanks for the video.

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Nice boat Vesimakara .

Here's some resources on plywood built boats.

http://www.clcboats.com/

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That is great! Thanks for the video.

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Nice boat Vesimakara .

Here's some resources on plywood built boats.

http://www.clcboats.com/
Thanks!

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