Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
On boat building, a scarf joint is usually a 10 or 12 to one slope. You will not get the same strength from a dovetail.
If you go with a butt joint, it is necessary to glue or epoxy a backing board to hold the 2 pieces in line as well as together. I never tried a stitch and glue boat, it looks like it would be fun.
If you tell us what town/state you are in we might be able to help you find lumber and fasteners.
Are you building from plans or are you winging it? If by plans who's? I have built several boats from Glen-L plans and a small pram from my own plans. Funny story goes with that. Many, many years ago.
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx
Last edited by Tony B; 02-09-2020 at 08:29 PM.