What is in our kits.
Our kits consist solely of plywood parts for the boat you've ordered. Along with the plywood we provide a parts finder diagram, construction notes of things we think you should know about the build, and usually necessary, the scarph line-up diagram. Sample documentation can be downloaded below.
By default, we set up the planks in the kit to use plain scarph joints. However, we can also make the kits up with finger joints for a small additional charge. The planks are aligned using a very simple method which is highly effective. When we are designing the kit, we draw a line through three points, the middle one being in the centre of the scarph joint. The end points are at the edge of the planks. When the kits are cut, the points are drilled with 2mm holes, and these are used with pins to line the planks up. This is highly effective, and has been used successfully on a very large proportion of our kits.
Where frames are larger than can be fitted on a sheet of ply, we tend to use stepped scarphs, as these are slightly more accurate, but less resistant to bending as you get on planks.
We maintain stocks of Robbins Elite Gaboon/Okoume marine ply in the thicknesses which most of our kits are cut with (4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm). Robbins also offer various other types of marine ply such as mahogany and sapele which we can order in for your job. We normally receive a delivery of ply every couple of months, and special ply sheets can be added to these orders at no additional transport cost. If you want a kit cut in one of the special plywood types and cannot wait, we will regretfully have to add the cost of shipping to us to the order.
We can order in other makes of ply such as Bruynzeel. These plywood sheets will attract further charges for delivery, and can take some time on back order.
Various marks are desirable for the planks, moulds, and frames used in our kits. For lining up the scarph joints, we drill 2mm holes in the planks, usually at frame or mould locations.
On Moulds and frames, centrelines and datum lines are marked by small protrusions that are planed off once the lines are marked. These are fully discussed in the sample documentation.
What is not in our kits
We do not supply glues, paint, timber or fittings. We normally do not supply plans, but can do for some of the designers. There are a couple of reasons for this...
Firstly, we are a small business, and carrying stocks of these items would cost us money. With the plans, more than half of our customers have already bought the planset, and some of the designers we work with prefer to deal directly with customers purchasing their plans.
Secondly, and more importantly to us, most of the point of building a boat is to make something for yourself which is very individual to you.
You may want to get a boat together very quickly and at low cost, so you would use low cost timber, plain stainless steel screws and fittings, and ordinary outdoor paint (yes, many people do for boats to be dry sailed).
On the other hand, you may want to make your boat a work of art, with carefully chosen hardwoods, gunmetal fittings, and two pack paint for a long lasting finish.
Also, you may already be familiar with a particular epoxy, or have some left over from a previous project.
There are so many different variables in building a boat that we believe that we should leave those choices to you.