Hi all,

I was just looking around for articles on clinker repairs and found this document from West System.

https://www.westsystem.com/wp-conten...and-Repair.pdf

It espouses epoxy filleting between the planks on old clinker boats to prevent leaking. In another section it talks about gluing splines between adjacent planks on a carvel hull, affixed to both planks, to create what is essentially a monocoque timber hull. It also recommends using splines made of timber that is as hard, or harder, than the existing boat planking.

So, without wanting to start too much of a debate, it seems like this guidance is intended to encourage the use of lots and lots of epoxy. Surely treating a clinker boat like itís made of plywood (as in the above repair) and completely gluing together a carvel hull is likely to result in catastrophic failure when the timber tries to move with variations in moisture and temperature? Am I missing the point?