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Restoring traditional Australian workboats. USL Code. storerboatplans.com

FAQ USL Code for rebuilding and restoring traditional Australian Boats.

[Translate] Where restoring a traditionally built boat it is important to replace parts of the structure of a similar size to those that are being replaced or missing.  Those sizes are termed “scantlings” The dominant source of this type of information for traditionally built workboats in Australia is the USL Code.  It would probably be […]
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Plywood boat building – scarfs or buttstraps

[Translate] Generally a designer will specify a range of joins that will suit the boat. Butt joins with Butt blocks for plywood boats. Also called Butt straps. I specify butt straps because they are simpler, faster and have a neat result for amateurs every time. But I do place them in the hull where they […]
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Minimal repairs to keep an old Mirror plywood sailing dinghy going

Melanie in the UK wrote to me. She has just bought an old Mirror dinghy and started sailing for the first time.Problem is that the boat leaks and she doesn’t want to stop using the boat until the end of the season.I have a philosophy of keeping older boats on the water and not pulling them off for months on end until you have the time to do the job.So the article here is useful to see what can be done with an old leaky plywood sailing dinghy to keep it going.It is perfect sailing weather at the moment in the UK and it is better she is out there learning but with the worst of the leaks gone.With a disciplined approach she should be able to get all of this done in a week or so. The general leaks fixed permanently and the rotted area reinforced so that the boat won’t break.
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Goat Island Skiff Plan - simple building and very fast

Q&A – Painting and Varnishing Epoxy

[Translate] Paint vs Varnish Paint is more durable and will protect the epoxy and timber the best. Varnish hides a rough surface better.  If you have done a rough job the timber grain will hide it.  Make sure the varnish contains ultra-violet filters.  It is a photo from the Goat Island Skiff Calendar put together […]
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Q&A Are Screws and Fasteners Required in Epoxy/Wood construction?

[Translate] One of the great leaps forward available to us when using epoxy is being able to eliminate fastenings (screws,nails, bolts etc) from the structure. Many builders now only use fasteners to temporarily hold things together while the glue sets up.The temporary fasteners are removed and can be re-used many times. Eliminating fastenings also speeds […]
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Q&A – Fast boat repairs with no fasteners.

[Translate] Hole in Boat and More Fasteners in traditional construction are the ONLY way to go – whether metal or trunnel. But once moving over to glued construction there are certain advantages in eliminating the fasteners as far as possible. We’ve made a bit of a career of it over the last 20 years or […]
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Q&A Epoxy Resin vs Polyester Resin for Wood

[Translate] Should one fibreglass using epoxy or polyester resin over wood.  In this case it was to join the plywood panels of a stitch and glue boat. First, Woven fabric will give a smoother finish than chopped strand matt and is much stronger for the same weight.  It also requires less filling of the weave […]
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