Carvel Planking, Part 1: Lining Off a Hull
Well lined-off planks are critical to the beauty and strength of traditional wooden hulls. Planking lines are influenced by many factors, such as shape of the hull, type of construction, planking materials available, and the intended use of the boat. How does a builder determine plank locations and width?
In this episode, host Rich Hilsinger and instructor Greg Rössel explain the various steps one takes to achieve fair curves from bow to stern. The discussion ranges from marking a fair sheer, measuring the girths of the molds and transom, determining the appropriate number of planks, and establishing the width of each plank at each mold. We’ll also demonstrate an alternative method of determining plank measurements with one of Greg’s ingenious homemade tools, the Amazing Diminishing Pyramid.