Boatbuilding Principles


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Weston Farmer/ Anything that you understand thoroughly is always fairly simple. This is true of boatbuilding.

by Weston Farmer

Anything that you understand thoroughly is always fairly simple. This is true of boatbuilding.

Understand the basic principles of getting out a hull, and you’ll be pretty sure of coming up with reasonably good methods of getting the job done. And once you’ve built one boat, the principles will dawn on you. Then you can tackle almost any boat. But it does take work, and it does take mechanical horse sense. Mechanical horse sense is something no written word can supply. You’re either born a mechanic or you’re not. If you are mechanically gifted, you can do well building a boat. But if you have no gift for working with your hands, you shouldn’t try boatbuilding. If you can get good cuts with plane, saw, and chisel, you can attempt to make a boat with reasonable assurance of success. Thousands do it every year. Once your first boat is built, you’ll have the principles of boatbuilding. And after the first one, nothing seems to be too big or too tough for the skilled amateur to tackle. The fun of building a boat satisfies something primitive in man. And after launching his first boat, the backyard boatbuilder can go about dreaming up the next one, for he will have assimilated boatbuilding principles. These principles are few in number and can be easily illustrated and made clear. That is the purpose of this article.

13 pages, 2 plate(s)


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