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About Strip Planking

Strip planking is a method of constructing a timber boat using thin strips of cedar glued together and covered with Epoxy and glass fibre sheet. Strictly speaking this method is called composite boat building and was developed largely by the Gougeon brothers in the 1960’s.

Used for building from the tiniest dinghies to very large sea going sailboats and trawlers it has proved to be the most versatile of methods.  Especially suitable for home building many thousand beautiful boats and canoes have been built by people with no background in boat construction.

Originally the strips used were square edged but nowadays cove and bead type strips are usually specified.  This gives a cleaner hull form needing less fairing afterwards.

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