Re: Have I reinvented the wheel again?
My two cents: I've built a kayak and a canoe that way. The problem is its not a very good way to get much initial stability out of your hull form. You are very limited by the limitations of how the wood will bend and curve, and it just doesn't distribute the buoyancy optimally. You end up with a mediocre sectional shape compared to the shapes you can get by developing each panel independently instead of out of a single sheet of origami paper. The only tortured ply hulls that I've seen that actually worked out really well were long, skinny multihull amas, hulls which don't need initial stability because they're multis. Otherwise, you're compromised with your stability curve I think it's an interesting exercise, but ultimately somewhat flawed in practice, which is why you rarely see it. I'm pretty soured these days on designs based on tricksy methods of construction rather than on optimum hull shapes.
Last edited by James McMullen; 06-26-2012 at 02:51 PM.
Amphibious Macroplankton Oughtredia doublendus
Mostly found frequenting the littoral and estuarine zones in the southern half of the Salish Sea, though sightings have been recorded both north and south of this area, and occasionally, but rarely, inland, in freshwater environments. This species lives on micro-brewed beer and dutch-oven biscuits,and displays brightly colored nylon and gore-tex plumage during the rainy season. Approach with caution!