All have been designed, or based on traditional designs, often, as in the case of the faerings, dating back centuries. Most have been built using time-honoured materials and methods; some methods have been brought up to date, but still keeping with tradition. As the old saying goes: if the vikings had had glassfibre, they would have used it (although I am not so sure...)
It is ironic that, having been so scathing about plywood and epoxy, I have at last come around to accepting the method, if not the materials. I still have little love for epoxy, for its mess and mixing and waste, and rot-cut marine ply I will maintain looks horrid under varnish, and is better painted, so don't waste money on the super duper stuff.
But if I had to build in plywood and glue, then this is the method I would choose. Collano/Vendia lapstrake.
Instead of epoxy I have been using Collano Semparoc for some years now, and recently I discovered Vendia, a lovely Finnish laminate made from pine, of which Finland has vast, inexhaustible forests. And it comes in handy sized boards, not 8 x 4in monstrosities.
|12ft skiff; Vendia pine or solid larch?|
And to illustrate the full circle, I put together a selection of some of the boats I have built over the years, both traditionally built and not quite so. Here they are:
|15ft fishing skiff in larch and oak|
|Atkin Ninigret launch (Robbins Elite plywood)|
|15ft Scottish type lug sail|
|Viking faering, in larch|
|Arctic Tern in larch/oak|
|19ft, 1930s sjekte and little 12ft sister|
|15ft Norwegian-type rowing boat|
|Tammie Norrie pulling boat|
|Karsten Ausland, 1930s racing sjekte|
|Sailing lugsail double ender|
|Caledonia Yawl in plywood/Vendia lapstrake|
|Gartside 16ft skiff in Vendia/Collano|
|Faering for Viking re-enactment society|
|Francois Vivier Breton sailing boat in plywood/Collano|