Strip Planked

Strip Planked Timber

The hull is built from one layer of timber planks, normally starting from keel, and working outwards towards the sheer line. Each strake of planking is progressively glued to its predecessor on the jig. This construction is suited to hulls of shell thickness over around 15 mm

The adjoining edges of planks are normally shaped by router to a curve, inwards one edge and outwards on the other edge. This allows planks to be joined to their predecessors with  changes of angle as they wrap around the hull shape without generating V shaped gaps between planks. These V shaped gaps will need filling, and also generate lines of hard glue/filler between the softer timber planks, complicating the eventual smoothing of the outer surface of the hull.

After the completion of the planking, the outer surface is smoothed and faired. Exterior finishing can be as any other timber options. A rein and fabric finishing  is often attractive to add durability and weather resistance.



BICTON BELLE has a layer of strip ply over the main strip planked hull, finished with Dynel and epoxy paint.



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