Stripped Planked Boats

Strip planking is yet another type of wooden boat construction. It is a glued construction method which is very popular as it is quick, avoids complex temporary jig work and does not require shaping of the planks.

Often used for canoes and kayaks, but is also suitable for larger boats. The process involves securing narrow, flexible strips of wood edge-to-edge around temporary forms. The forms are cut as a series of cross-sections of the final design and set up along a “strong back” or other solid base. The strips are edge-glued to each other, being held in place with nails or staples to the forms.

When the glue has dried, the nails/staples are removed and the rough hull is sanded smooth. It is then covered with a resin/epoxy impregnated overlay of fiberglass cloth, which is sanded and finished before removing the hull from the forms.

The inside is then smoothed and similarly reinforced before seats, thwarts, and gunwales, are added to complete the boat.