Build a 3 Piece Rowboat

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3-SECTION ROWBOAT \WHEN the three sections are taken apart and nested, this 12-ft. rowboat occupies a space only 6V2 ft. long, and by virtue of its thin plywood construction is so light that one man can easily stow it on top of his car, using a suitable cradle to hold it. The boat is designed along standard lines, and construction differs only in the use of %-in. plywood for sides and bottom. In fact, it is built up as a single-unit rowboat, and then sawed between the two double bulkheads to form the three sections. It is highly advisable to use waterproof plywood, if it is available. If not, the ordinary grade can be satisfactorily waterproofed by giving it three or four coats of paint or shellac, taking care to work it well into the exposed edges. If the wood is not thoroughly waterproofed, moisture will loosen the thin layers of wood and ruin the boat. In fact, all parts, whether directly exposed to the water or not, should be given two coats of paint or shellac before assembling lliem, and at least two more coats after assembling. Screws, also, should be seated in white lead. When not in use, the boat should be given an application of paint more frequently than an ordinary boat. First build the stem. Four wedge-shaped pieces are screwed to a central section of
%-in. pine having grain at right angles. The stem is fastened to a knee and keelson by means of galvanized carriage bolts, with heads countersunk. Next make the frames Nos. 1, 2 and 3, and the bulkheads. Note that there is a frame on each bulkhead. All frames are notched for chines, keelson and inwale, and frames Nos. 2 and 3 for the seat rail. The bulkheads should not be notched. In assembly, the keelson will be in three sections. Fasten the frames, bulkheads, stem and transoms to the keelson in their relative positions with galvanized or brass screws, and nail the keelson, with assembled frames, etc., temporarily to a plank in order to hold it rigid while installing the chine and inwale. Strips should

 

 

 

 

 

 

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