Finding the right wood boat plans

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There are a lot of beautiful wooden boats that can be constructed if you possess the plans. Whether you are concerned about building a small-scale wood boat like a canoe, or dream of building a large sailboat, the boat plans you start from will be essential to your success.

When deciding between the numerous wood boat plans you can find online and in bookshops, you need to bear in mind a few criteria to make certain your buy is worth your spending.

The first important element is that the designs must have been tested. It is important that the wood boat plans you are buying or using are demonstrated boat plans made by competent boat designers. Otherwise, you could end up wasting away your money and time, in addition to a lot of raw material.

Another point to consider is the readibility and usability of the boat plans you are considering for purchase. No matter your skills, easy and exhaustive instructions are preferred. They are particularly essential for beginners. Wood boat plans difficult to read or understand, or which neglect essential details will generate frustration, and in the end you may just surrender your project.

Last but not least, your boat plans should be affordable, and carry a money-back guarantee in the case you find them unfitted to your needs. Unfortunately, most boat plans are sold as single plans, which means that if you ultimately find the design or the level of difficulty not suitable to you, you will have to check other boat plans, provided you can get your money back on the first one. So, what is the best solution?

Luckily, after some research, I could find an excellent product which compiles hundreds of different boat plans. What was unexpected, though, is that they are offered for the usual price of a single plan! And this is not at the expense of quality. The author, Daniel Holden, lives in Denmark and has an extensive experience of more than 20 years in boat building. He is a true boat building enthusiast, and clearly knows what he's talking about. Let him introduce himself:

"Generations upon generations of boat building knowledge is the legacy that was passed to me by my ancestors. I have actual insight in the boat design that was used to grace the waters of Denmark with wooden boats for centuries. (...)

Imagine the awesome feeling of riding on the water on a sunny afternoon in the beautiful boat you built and people crane their necks just so they can get a good look at your boat."

If you would like to turn your dream of building you own wood boat into reality, Daniel's plans may very well be the best way to start your journey. Check Daniel's offer now on his website!

Photo by Simon Howden

Friday, June 18, 2010

Choosing the Right Bottom Paint For Your Boat

With all the different bottom paints out there, its hard to know which to choose. It seems like every manufacturer has something which in their opinion makes them better than the other guys. Not only that, but even different product lines by the same manufacturer can seem to contradict each other, each one claiming to be the best for your boat.

Truth is, the perfect paint for each boat differs depending on many factors. Type of water the boat will be used in, type of hull, how fast the boat will be going and a host of other factors enter into the equation making a definitive guide on which paint is best all but impossible. So why am I writing this, you ask? To tell you the process under which you can find the perfect paint for your boat and budget.

First choice to be made is brand of paint. Sometimes cost will determine this, but make sure you ask around. Everyone has their own opinion as to which brand is best, so ask people whose opinion you trust. Interlux and Pettit are two of the most popular, but there are plenty more. Once you have chosen the brand you want to use, check out the manufacturer's web site for helpful information on what the best paint is for your application.

If they get too technical, take notes and either ask someone who knows such things(marinas and boat mechanics, if you are friendly with any), or call the customer support line for the brand you are looking at. Manufacturer's web sites can be helpful after you have chosen your paint as well. They usually list important information like how many coats to use and which thinner they recommend.

Once you have processed all the information, you should have a pretty good idea about what paint you want to use. You may want do a Google search and get some reviews on that particular line, just to make sure you have all the facts. Just remember, don't be scared by a couple bad reviews, as long as there are an abundant amount of good ones.

Choosing the right bottom paint can seem overwhelming given all the different choices, but if you follow these simple steps you can make an informed decision on the perfect paint for your boat. Until next time, see you on the water!

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