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  • Boat Building
    Boat Building

Boat Building

There are plenty of boat building books and other online resources but when building a boat everything must be precise and handled with care to ensure that the boat is being built to specifications. Boat building is known as one of the oldest forms engineering and the construction should be solid, precise and it takes patience.


Before building your boat it is wise to become familiar with the parts of the boat so that you know what to expect. The bow is the front end of the ship, and it’s important that it’s built correctly to prevent water from washing over it and into the boat. This can be dangerous and if it’s not built to withstand certain conditions the boat could tip over.


The deck is another term that almost everyone is familiar with, and is the large surface of the boat where people might stand. This part of the boat is equally important as it keeps water out of the hull, and must be constructed soundly and sealed correctly to prevent the elements from getting in.


One of the most important parts that builders should become familiar with is the keel, which is a critical part of the boat’s structure. Those who are proficient at boat building know that this part of the boat is an important part of it because it helps the boat turn as needed. When the keel is built on a sail boat it merely helps withstand the winds as they bat at the sailboat from the left and the right.


The rudder is also familiar to many people who have seen pictures of boats or have seen boats in the movies. The rudder is essentially a steering device and is a blade that has the ability to turn while connected to an axis that is straight up and down. Without a rudder the boat would not be able to steer adequately, thus allowing the boat to get off course.


The material chosen for your boat building is also important, and wood is still today one of the most popular choices. Wood is the least expensive, is easy to work with, and is available almost anywhere. Wood is the best material for those who are new to boat building, and because wood is inexpensive it is easy to replace the parts when someone makes a mistake!


Steel may also be used when building a boat and it is extremely sturdy. It is somewhat heavier than aluminum and it’s important that it is sealed properly to ensure that it doesn’t rust. Steel is another rather inexpensive material, and those who are starting out on their first time building may find a Do-it-yourself kit useful.