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WHAT IS CONVENTIONAL CONSTRUCTION?

There are two basic ways of building a boat from plywood - Conventional Construction and Stitch and Glue Construction. In Conventional Construction, the boat is framed, much like a frame house that is then sheathed with plywood. The basic framework of most boats consists of the transom, the across-frames and the stem which are connected by the longitudinal framing such as the keel, the chines and the gunwales. This framing determines the shape of the boat as well as the hull panels.

In Stitch and Glue Construction, wood framing is not used. The shape of the hull panels is pre-determined in the plans. When these hull panels are joined, the natural curved shape that develops determines the shape of the boat. For more information - WHAT IS STITCH & GLUE?.

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