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