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Re: Building my own dingy

I would be suprised if there wasn't someone with a supply in AK. OTOH, they may not have 4mm Okume.
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Re: Building my own dingy

Reality is, you could do it with ACX plywood, as long as it had exterior glue. One does not need to use okume plywood $$$$$$

One the other hand, if you wish to cover with a varnish equal, so you see the teak grain in the plywood, Okume is the way to go. But any 1/4 dg fir based marine ply or ext grade glue plywood would work.

Make sure you get the plans with full size patterns. Otherwise, you will spend a lot of time drafting things upward!

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One the other hand, if you wish to cover with a varnish equal, so you see the teak grain in the plywood, Okume is the way to go. But any 1/4 dg fir based marine ply or ext grade glue plywood would work.
That is basically what I found. Exterior grade plywood works... my boat didn't sink (has been going strong for 5 years). However, because of the internal voids, there is severe checking. The wood breaks down from the inside. Protecting with a layer of epoxy and painting won't keep this from happening. Maybe a layer of glass would. I think if you are going to spend the time to make a boat, spend the extra $100 and make is look good and last.
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Re: Building my own dingy

Oh, one more thing about Okume: For the same strength okume weighs a LOT less than exterior ply.
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Re: Building my own dingy

I built a 10' Spindrift 10N nesting dinghy out out Okume plywood. It was my first building project and it was a lot of fun. It's an awesome dinghy that stows nicely in front of the mast, rows, well, motors well and tows very well. Some day I'm set her up for sailing.

She was quite usable after a winter of slow building, but I'm still finishing her up.
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Re: Building my own dingy

Besides the fact I need a tender for my boat...I have finished all the big projects. A friend was building a nesting tender for themselves but then didn't need it so was going to sell it to me, but this one is so easy to build and I can customize it to my boat. Also it's away to use up alot of the left over lumber I have...so why not.
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