Scarfing plywood is not as hard as you think it is.


David Ryan

David Ryan is a boat builder and USCG licensed master captain. He is the owner of Sailing Montauk and skipper of Montauk''s charter sailing catamaran MON TIKI You can follow him on Twitter @CaptDavidRyan

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  1. Avatar Patrick Cahalan says:

    Just in case I haven’t mentioned this enough already, I love these posts.Report

    • Avatar David Ryan says:

      We were in high spirits at the boat-shop today. Monday we started the akas (crossbeams) that connect the port and starboard hulls. By week’s end we nearly had them done, and (as seen in the video above) we got started in on laying up the rudders. All of these are big pieces, and working on them and seeing them come together gives the build a wonderful feeling of momentum!

      Dave working on one of Mon Tiki's four crossbeams
      Dave working on one of Mon Tiki’s four crossbeams

      • Avatar Patrick Cahalan says:

        Just wait until you get to all the boring finishing work 🙂Report

        • Avatar David Ryan says:

          Most of the finish work is done before the boat is ever put together. The beauty of the cabinet scraper technique that we used to prep the interior of the boat’s skin and bulkheads is that those surfaces already have a glass-smooth finish.

          Just before those parts are installed, they’ll get a light sanding to prep them for primer. As long as we’re clean with our gluing and filletting on the assembly, we should be able to load up the air-sprayer and finish the interior with a minimum of fuss.


  2. Avatar Kolohe says:

    OT (except in the context that getting a maritime expert is harder than the press thinks it is), but as a boat guy, I think you’d appreciate the idiocy of the below statement-

    Mr Ward, author of the industry ‘bible’, the Berlitz Complete Guide To Cruising And Cruise Ships, said the tragedy would also bring into question the training of the ships’ navigators.

    He added: ‘Most new ships have fully-enclosed navigation bridges, and so there is more reliance on high-tech systems – no one knows how to use a sextant any more in the 21stcentury.’

  3. Avatar Trapez Sac says:

    Really good tips very educational ,thanksReport