Thinking about a way to achieve a maintenance free hull on small boats I came up with an idea.
What if we combined a cold molded hull with the plank on frame technique. If we take a round bottomed hull using say 1/2" cedar over steam bent 1/2" thick white oak frames we could start our planking with 1/4" planks running fore and aft followed by two 1/8" diagonal strips that could be epoxied and stapled with monel staples and possibly vacuum bagged. We could put string tape beneath our final layer of staples which could be pulled out once the epoxy kicks.
When complete we could drill from the inside through the frame and hull and later use the same bit from outside but with a countersink after which we could rivet and rove the hull to the frames after removing the hull from the molds using two people. Or... (and this is where things get creative) we could simply forget the rivet and roves and turn the boat over and drill a tiny (and a shallow 1/8") pilot starter hole in the oak frame. Next we could take a 1" long bronze ring nail and drive it into the frame and hull through a rove with the hat facing up at you the same as with a standard rivet and rove. Finally, we could peen the head of the ring nail and have what would appears to be a traditional plank on frame boat hull but yet with the mainenance freedom of a cold molded hull.
My only reservation would be that the ring nails might loosen over time as the boat is stressed while under sail.
Just a consideration at this point but I'm looking for feedback. If you have hot air, please don't respond but if you have constructive critisism, or heaven forbid praise, please do respond. Thanks...