The Sheathed Strip Alternative
Daniel & Thomas MacNaughton
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|This article is a general description
of the most advanced and efficient wood and epoxy boat building
technique available today. It describes why it is so much
superior to cold molded construction. A great many people
assume that wood and epoxy boat building essentially means cold
molding, but nothing could be further from the truth. Since we
came out with the first version of our Scantlings Rule for Sheathed
Strip Construction, this method has been available in a form in
which people could have confidence and it is gradually taking over
the market for wood and epoxy boat building all over the world.
This article analyzes what people are looking for in a good construction method and goes over the specifics of why Sheathed Strip has advantages for most owners and builders today.
It is also one of those rare methods which is efficient both for the amateur builder and for the professional.
Though the basic concept of a hull shell composed of longitudinally laid square section strips sheathed inside and out transversely with either glass fiber and epoxy or carbon fiber and epoxy is quite simple, the reasons that make this structurally superior and extremely cost effective may not be immediately obvious.
This article will help you understand the method and evaluate
whether you or your naval architect should be using it. It is
a very easy sell to boat builders today, who often meet with us
prepared to argue for it, without being aware that we are one of the
chief firms supporting those using this method. Once you
understand the method by reading this article you will probably want
to immediately try working up scantlings for your favorite designs
using our "Sheathed Strip Scantlings Rule". (6 pages in