Plywood is a great boat building material. Building a plywood boat using the stich and glue method means that plywood panels are cut to shape and put together at the seams using glue and stitches. If you use this method you can “stitch and glue” together a boat in a day. The boat will be very light weight and strong. It`s a great method for beginners, like I was. The only power tool you need is a drill and a hand saber saw.
My first boat building project went well using this great resource I found for plywood boat plans, so I figured building a boat without a sail would be easier. I used plywood for this one, as well, and of course saved a lot of money compared to buying a ready made boat. I have enough boat building plans for a lifetime, thanks to this excellent website where a guy who has been building boats for 20 years is providing a lot of easy to follow boat building plans.
This is a picture of my second boat. Probably not the most spectacular boat you`ve seen, but building a boat this size was a great start for me, and I`m pretty happy with the result.
Plywood boats are easy to make. Plywood is quite light and also durable so it`s a great material to use for boat building. Especially marine plywood is an excellent boat building material. It`s stable, meaning that it shrinks and swells very little when exposed to changes in temperature and humidity. Plywood just makes building a boat much easier, especially for beginners. It`s also well suited for painting and gluing.
It was an easy decision to choose plywood as the material I wanted to use for building my first boat. I was a little intimidated about building a sailboat, at least as my first boat building project, because a sailboat is constantly “fighting” against the wind, tearing and wearing in the sail. A “normal” boat just has to keep the water out. I found a great resource with step-by-step, easy to follow boat building plans, and gave it a shot. By following the sailboat plan I chose, I spent just about one week building my sailboat and probably saved 50% of what a similar sailboat would have cost me if I were to buy it ready made. On top of that I now have a unique boat.
The amount of joy I get from building a boat, is indescribable. I`m sure you`ll experience the same joy. It doesn`t have to be related to boat building plans. Just the excitement of creating something useful for yourself and/or the ones you love brings out those good feelings. I built a miniature sailboat for my grand daughter and it looks just like mine (just smaller, of course ;-D).
When I was a little boy I always, as far as I can remember, wanted to explore the sea in my own boat and I wanted to build that boat on my own. I will never forget all the summers I visited my grandfather and we went on “pirate missions” with his boat. He didn`t live long enough to learn me the boat building techniques he knew, and as I grew older, and the years went by, so did my childhood dream of building a boat. When I retired, and suddenly had “all the time in the world”, and started thinking about a hobby, my childhood memories came back to me. I started searching on the internet for plywood boat plans.