One of the challenges that comes with using boat plans initially published in the US in 1932, is that all the measurements are in Feet and Inches. That doesn’t sound too difficult and probably isn’t for those used to adding 7/8ths and 3/16ths, but for we metrically minded people there seem to be a few too many pauses as we loft the boat design on to the timber. Monk’s plans also specify standard timber cuts that are not available in Austria so we’ve used plywood and precut wood in the closest available size possible.
For example, rather than working with 3/8″, 1/4″ and 3/4″ thicknesses of plywood we’ve compromised and for the bottom, sides, bulkheads and transoms we’re consistently using a pretreated, sealed and waterproofed 12mm plywood designed for concrete formwork. There’ll probably be some compromises regarding the weight and flexibility, but presumably the waterproofing of the ply will save us a lot of time (and cost) when it comes to painting and sealing the punt.
The differences between American and old world timber types are also apparent, as is the availability of hardwoods such as mahogany and teak. At the local Bauhaus, the most easily available timber was labelled Fichte/Tanne, so we’ve ended up with framing timbers that will either be spruce or fir.
We’ve also learnt a more about how to use a circular saw when cutting gentle curves as our immediate inclination to use a jigsaw went rather wonkily wrong.
We will provide a more detailed shopping list describing the timber sizes, glue, paint and hardware we’ve used.