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Itís really a glass boat! The wood core provides the shape for the epoxy/glass shell. The epoxy/glass shell provides much of the strength and protects the wood core from the elements. This blends the best of new age composite materials with those traditionally used for by boat builders.

Wood Strip boat construction produces boats that are light, strong and low maintenance.

Wood has been used for centuries in the construction of boats. The image that comes to mind when talking about wooden boats is one of someone spending countless hours every Spring scraping sanding and varnishing. With the advent of modern materials like fiberglass and epoxy, we have seen a boom in recreational boat building. The use of these materials eliminates much of the traditional maintenance.

Wood has some great inherent features. It is light, and has great tortional strength. Tortional strength is its ability to resist being twisted under load. This allows it to be used to build objects that hold a consistent shape under stress. For example at one time skis were made of wood. With the advent of new materials wood continued to be used in the cores of many skis, but over time it was slowly phased out. Not because it was inferior, but it had become too expensive to use. It is still used today in some high end skis because of its excellent properties and ability to resist fatigue

Wood strip construction consists of a thin core of wood sandwiched between two layers of epoxy impregnated fiberglass cloth. When fiberglass cloth is soaked with epoxy, it turns clear, giving the illusion that only the wood core is present. The epoxy/glass layers provide two purposes.  First they seal the wood from the elements. This eliminates most of the maintenance associated with traditional wooden boats. Second, this sandwich construction is very strong and light. The epoxy/glass layer forms a strong rigid sheet. The wooden core holds these two sheets apart in the same way that the center vertical bar of a steel I-beam holds the top and bottom horizontal plates apart. The strength of an I-beam comes from these two plates being held apart at a fixed unchanging distance. This construction technique compliments the inherent properties of the wooden core. This technique allows for boats to be built that are lighter than their composite counterparts.

Maintenance is limited to repairing accidental damage, and protecting the epoxy/glass skin from the sun. Like most of todayís plastics and synthetics, the UV radiation from the sun is the single biggest thing that modern boats need to be protected from. Storing them out of the sun under a tarp or under cover is a good idea. These boats are protected with a polyurethane clear coat that will provide years of UV protection.