Last tuesday I ordered the plans from DN Goodchild for the "Compact" a raised deck outboard cruiser, designed by Chester A. Nedwidek.
This is my first boat building project, so I'll have lots of questions along the road.
I don't know yet, but I assume that it is built from plywood.
But I would like to build it with the cross planking method (2 layers criss cross and the outer layer for and aft) using European Larch (Larix Decidua), for the following reasons:
1) I wil obtain a very sound hull, I will also laminate the keel stem and transom to keel knee(s)
2) Good boat building timber, certainly in large dimensions is difficult to come by and very expensive.
3) Believe it or not using larch is about 10 euros per square metre cheaper than using okoume plywood, I might use up some more epoxy but than again I can buy 7.5 kg of epoxy for 100 euros.
4) I think that using the cross planking method is more forgiving and easier to handle single handed
5) I read that larch is a very durable rot resistant wood.
Now come the questions:
I can buy the larch in beams of 150 * 50 mm, I plan to rip it in 50 mm strips.
What thickness should I rip the strips for the laminating jobs, and what thicknes for the cross planking.
Note I will rip 50mm because in that case i will end up with more or less quarter sawn wood.
All advice or tips is welcome.
Also on a side note I tried to google facts about the N.A. without much succes, would anybody know more about him, after all his name pops up with a lot of his designs or as part of a design team.
Wil post pics as soon as I got something to show.