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Glued Lap Construction

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Why would you want to build a traditional design glued lapstrake? Contrary to popular opinion, the best reason is not so that you can build the boat much lighter than it would be otherwise. Except for a very few craft (notably very small canoes) it's disadvantageous to build them too light because they will not sit down on their design load waterline, and so have a tiddley motion as a result. That's hardly conducive to having a good time on the water. No, glued lap really shines when traditional planking materials are unavailable to you, or should you reside where your weather would wreak havoc on cedar planking. Of lesser importance, but worthy of note nonetheless, is that many boats can be built without ribs or frames, making them easier to maintain. That's not always advisable if your boat will be rigged to sail, because framing helps counter the torque imparted by the rig, but for a pulling boat, open construction, as in the 14-footer shown below, works just fine. There are other reasons, of course, and those are discussed in most of our books covering specific wherries and double enders.

Glued Lap Construction started out as a supplement to our Duck Trap Wherry plans, written for those who preferred glued lap to traditional mechanically fastened lapstrake construction. It turned out to have wider ranging applications. Truth be told, nearly all of this information is useful for other traditional small craft designs you might like to build using the glued lap construction method. It's a short book, but the explanations are detailed and there are large illustrations on every other page. Text and drawings detail everything from the layout of a laminated keel through fastening the after end of the guard rail. There is even an explanation of altering the length of a design to suit your needs. The table of contents is arranged by paragraph as well as chapter so serves as an index to make locating details simple and direct.

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This is Osprey, one of the Duck Trap Wherries documented in Building the Duck Trap Wherry. And below is the very first 14-footer to emerge from our shop.
Both boats are glued lapstrake, though you'd never know it to look at them once finished.

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Chapters include...

    Glued Lap & Epoxy
    Lofting Differences
    Setting Up
    Planking
    Outboard Details
    Inboard Joinerwork
    Finishing

Glued Lap Construction
38  8.5" x 11" pages with 23 charts and illustrations, comb bound to lay flat, and with ample room for your own shop notes.

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