Hi all,

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


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?