I finally got my lofting floor put together, life "stuff" got in the way, nothing tragic though, so it took a while. I am trying to build a decked sailing canoe. I am using the lines from a Forrest & Stream article from circa 1900. The article is the Foggy Dew article.
Note, I am NOT trying to make a replica! I am using the lines in that article and will use the 1/16" western Red Cedar veneers I have and 6 oz fiberglass cloth on inside and outside of the hull, much like a stripper canoe. Basically, the purpose of the project is to see if I can build a boat strictly from a lines drawings and use up materials that I already have. While I can't call the project free I can call it already paid for.
I was planning on 4 layers of 1/16" western Red Cedar at diagonals. So, I am wondering if a keel plank down the middle is necessary or not since I'll be cold-molding the hull and fiberglassing it and stripper canoes don't typically have them. They typically have just inner stems and outer stems.
Do I need a keel plank when cold-molding and fiberglassing a canoe-sized hull ?
Chris Kottaridis (email@example.com)