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Why "Strip-Built"?


One of the biggest benefits to building a small boat with narrow strips is how accessible it is. While it looks intimidating, taking a bundle of small strips and wrapping them around a set of forms really is a matter of patience and not one of specialized skills. The tool requirement is minimal and the technique is very tolerant of mistakes. If you fail to make perfect joints between strips, the epoxy and fiberglass will fill them in and seal the mistakes.

If you are looking for a way to mass-produce wooden boats, strip-building is probably not the best choice. It is a time consuming method. More traditional methods of boat building tend to be quicker when performed by experience craftsmen, but that speed and ability to build a usable boat is largely dependent on the skill of the builder. The strength and water-tight integrity of the finished traditionally-built vessel is a result of the ability of the builder to make tight and sound joints. This takes skill and practice.

With strip-building, there is really only one woodworking skill that you are required to master; this is the ability to taper the end of one strip to fit between two existing strips. You must perform this step many times, but it is not hard and if you don't do it perfectly, it will be fixed later.

Strip-building allows you to reproduce virtually any boat shape imaginable, with a minimum of skill.