Topic: building a wooden ok
I have purchased a set of plans and am keen to build a wooden OK. I would like to build a boat as stiff as possible, to min weight, with close to max correctors - I would like a competitive boat, its just that there person sailing it might not always make it go the right way!!! Having a fast boat is one thing, but a fast helm is another.
Obviously there are trade offs here in terms of weight, stiffness, ease of build, cost, etc so I would like to hear people's thoughts on a number of areas:
1. Plywood thickness - there seem to be a range of thicknesses used for various panels, ranging from 6 - 9 mm for bottom panels, cb case and bulkheads, through to 4 - 6 mm for top panels, some of the bulkheads / transom, deck
2. Stringers / hog / framing - any suggestions for size or do I just stick to plans / cutting list? In terms of wood, is the recommendation for spruce or western red cedar or some other. Weight, stiffness, ease of working etc are the issues.
3. General advice, such as position and construction of mast step, stringers, deck beams and side construction, fit out and other thoughts would be welcome. I have downloaded most of the information from the technical manual, some of it is quite old, but it is all useful, but I would particularly like to hear of peoples more recent experiences of building.
I would like to boat to be competitive and have a reasonably long life. Obviously plan to coat in epoxy, etc etc.
I am building a wodden OK i a GIG ... it is a brand new design where all parts are lasercut ... When you asempelt in a gig you are able to go close to the margins in the class rules.
If you are interested I can give you an offer for a boat and gig as well.
I have all ready asemple a OK this way 2 years ago - but now I have made a new design together with the designer of the old boat.
I have a lot of fotos which are showing how the boat is asempelt
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