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mike hanyi
11-28-2007, 10:40 AM
A buddy of mine is about to start a 36ft sailboat, and he said he is going to laminate the frames as the molds and the steam in the the others after the hull is formed.

I told him we restored several sixes all with laminated and steamed elm, because it glues well and is very strong.
He has his opinion.

so what say the forum?

Jay Greer
11-28-2007, 11:43 AM
Providing you are using the correct elm, it is excellent.
Wyche Elm is the preferred wood.
Jay

chainyank
11-29-2007, 01:53 PM
Providing you are using the correct elm, it is excellent.
Wyche Elm is the preferred wood.
Jay


Could you expand you answer in the interest of others, and well me, as to what some to the implied "wrong" elms might be, and why they would be no good. Do they not like bending, or do they not like swimming......

thanks,
chainyank

werner
11-29-2007, 02:47 PM
I asked a similar question on this forum concerning american elm
( rock elm) ,this seems not available anymore due to dutch elm disease. also a problem in europe seems to get the right species if you want to go for wyche elm (ulmus glabra).
elm is very rot prone... some time ago a historical sea fishing vessel was rebuild in Flanders using the historical correct elm planks .Now not many years later she has to be re planked with oak.
http://www.descute.be/projecten/Sint-Pieter-nl.htm