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Larry Tytla
09-12-2005, 02:41 PM
I have an elderly 12' flatiron skiff with a bottom that needs attention. Can anyone suggest a source of information on the nuances of cross planking?

Bob Smalser
09-12-2005, 02:52 PM
http://www.woodenboat-ubb.com/ubb/ultim atebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=011590 (http://www.woodenboat-ubb.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=011590)

Some of them are caulked carvel style, and some of them are square butted with a tapered plank driven in every 4 feet or so to tighten the butts.

If yours is a driven plank all shrunk and open, and you want to trailer it, you can convert it to carvel easily enuf by removing the planks and planing in caulking seams, and adding just one new plank (or lay up a tad more width to an existing plank) to take up the shrink.

[ 09-12-2005, 04:15 PM: Message edited by: Bob Smalser ]

09-12-2005, 03:03 PM
Real simple construction, usually nailed (sometimes screwed)at the chine. They don't like drying out to much, carefuly reef the seams, some cotton & seam compound, toss it in the water, wait a couple of days, bail it out & you are set. There used to be cross planked rowboats (skiffs) for hire by the hundreds on the Jersey shore. When all the marinas changed their rental skiffs over to plywood & glass in the '70's you could buy any one of the old lapstrake sided, cross planked bottom ones up for $10 - $50 each. They would last for decades of hard rental use. smile.gif

09-12-2005, 07:14 PM
I built a cross plank flatiron skiff a few years ago. I used 1x4 lumberyard white pine, kiln dried. I spaced the planks with the back of a saw blade, per Pete Culler. No caulking. She took up fine after a day in the water. good luck.