Planking Henry Red with the Sea Dreamer Project

It must be planking season because many of the backyard boatbuilders are doing the planking thing these days. Scott, who is building a trawler in his upstate NY boatshed, is finally to the point where he is attaching the first layers of white oak planking. It’s not the last of his planking layers – he’ll add 2 more layers of 3/8″ plywood on top and finally, he’ll coat that with epoxy and fiberglass. He’s also busy making templates for the tanks for water and fuel. The tanks are being carefully constructed and will be fit into place using the templates Scott has made. Templates are a great way to get precise fits just right – especially in tight quarters where these important tanks will reside. Climb aboard for some boatbuilding with the Sea Dreamer Project!

6 responses to “Planking Henry Red with the Sea Dreamer Project

  1. What’s the green solution you’re brushing on the inside of the planks where they meet the frames? It looks like CCA, but I didn’t think they sold that any more.

    Also, I started off wondering why you chose planks instead of plywood, and thought that maybe you were trying to be more traditional and/or avoid dealing with big sheets of ply as a one-man planker – only to find out that you are using it later. In that case, what purpose do the planks serve?

  2. Really nice work. I’ve built two plywood over frame boats, but haven’t tried planking yet. What weight of cloth will you be using on the plywood exterior of the hull?

  3. Is it a good idea to leave the ends of the planks hanging out in space? I’ve yet to do any plank on frame construction, but I’d think you’d want the ends of the planks to meet on a frame.

    1. Cuprinol, if you can get it ( CopperNapthanate) is an antifungal wood preservative to prevent rot in places where moisture may reside.

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