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    Default My favorite type of boatbuilding

    Building the Fairlie 55 at Fairlie Restorations in Hamble, UK

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDgKIPaW5xY

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    googe? seriously?

    if i'd have guessed i would have thought heavy carvel on sawn frames with intermediate ribs steamed in, or maybe welded aluminum would have been your favourite

    i will say, that fairley looks pretty well bulletproof when they are done
    they must spend enormous attention to getting the forms fair before beginning the strip planking
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    fwiw, my personal favourite method is explosively hydroformed cuprous nickle
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    Yes, seriously. Composite structures using wood as the fibre. Strong, monococque, thermal- and noise-insulating, and renewable. The frames are CAD-drawn & faired, then constructed and faired, then set up and faired, then the hull surface is faired. That's what it takes to get a world-class yacht hull. The folks at Fairlie seem to know a bit of what they are about, eh? I especially liked the upside-down build of the cabin trunk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    googe? seriously?

    if i'd have guessed i would have thought heavy carvel on sawn frames with intermediate ribs steamed in, or maybe welded aluminum would have been your favourite

    i will say, that fairley looks pretty well bulletproof when they are done
    they must spend enormous attention to getting the forms fair before beginning the strip planking
    Well there were three or four guys pushing a longboard in the background of one shot.
    Sawn with intermediate steamed ribs is the worst of both worlds. One or the other, but not both.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    Sawn with intermediate steamed ribs is the worst of both worlds.
    and explosive hydroforming?
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    and explosive hydroforming?
    If you can guarantee getting the thickness right where you need it. The mould will be a tad expensive though.

    Explosive welding is good, especially for dissimilar metals.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    ^ Right in there with the best of Blooie's posts, Paul.
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    you hurt me bro
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    Didn't Fairlie go out of business a while back?I have to agree that good cold moulded boatbuilding is about the best way to go as its not too hard for a one off and has none of the taking up inconvenience of plank on frame after launch day.

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    Then stop being silly or I will post a whole string of huge-ass wedding-cake megayacht pictures! <grin>

    Edit to add: John M., my enthusiasm for the construction method is related to the stiffness and strength-to-weight ratio without having to resort to exotic composites and technically difficult construction tooling & methods.
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    'Wolfhound' is a 64ft schooner built in cedar strip. She won this year's Classic Boat Award 2017 in the 'Spirit of Tradition over 40ft' category.

    http://mbyachts.co.uk/488/

    http://mbyachts.co.uk/mb-yachts-ltd-...ic-boat-award/

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    Tree of Life, designed by Ted Brewer and built by Covey Island Boatworks in 1991, is strip-cold-molded in epoxy. She has won many awards and circumnavigated twice. I did not work on her, but was at the CIB boatshop quite a bit while she was being constructed. Nice big boat.
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    Did the Vietnamese Tree of Life ever get finished?
    We don't know how lucky we are....

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