The lines of a 6' 3" pram

I was looking for plans to a very small pram. Since I wasn't able to find exactly what I was looking for, I had to try something else. I found a few promising pictures and even a quite close lines drawing (although several feet too long and too narrow in the bow area) and ended up drawing it by myself. The original lines were just shown as 300 x 150 pixel image so the drawing was merely a guideline. I made a 1:10 model out of the plans and seemed to have the lines quite accurately in place.

Linseed oil impregnation

Why should anyone impregnate a boat with any kind of oil?

The biggest problem of wooden boats is that wood is a living material and it expands and contracts with the moisture. To minimize this, the boatbuilder has to find means to keep the wood as stable as possible.

The use of epoxy in wooden boat building

To build a new wooden boat, you can use epoxy for ease of use and performance. Or then use the traditional methods which don't require using epoxy at all. If one has thick enough and good enough lumber I can't see a reason to use epoxy on a small boat. Everything can be done without glue, and if the boat is done without glue it's always easier to repair or replace a damaged piece when you don't have to fight with glued seams.That was the idea with classics: when something was broken you could pull the broken piece out and replace it. It just doesn't do with epoxied structures.


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