I am starting the planning process to build my first wooden boat. The design leading the race at the moment is Atkin's "Good Luck", planked with plywood as opposed to solid timber.
The marine plywood shouldn't be a problem to obtain, but the solid timber for framing might be a different matter. Where I live the choice of timber from the local suppliers is very limited - pretty much just radiata pine and the all encompassing "kiln dried hardwood" - so I am going to have to look further afield to find suitable timbers. I need some help to know what timber I should be looking for, and what I am likely to find here in Australia.
I did some research and found a few Australian timbers suitable for boat building, but this info was from a timber website, not a boat building website.
Unforunately I haven't got as far as purchasing plans yet, so I don't have the designer's recommendations to compare and find Australian alternatives.
From what I have read it seems that Spotted Gum should be suitable for most of my solid timber requirements. Any thoughts? Douglas Fir (either imported or plantation grown) should be available somewhere not too far from my home, is that going to be suitable for some parts of the boat (seats, deck framing etc)?
Any advice on Australian timber choices (or at least timber available in Australia) will be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks, Kirk