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Thanks for the informative link, Smoke.
It's obvious that this method will provide a very strong flat board.
But if you try to apply the method on to shaping the 3-dimensional hull on a boat, I think you will get more hard challenges than you really want to deal with.
For my part I would stay with the cross-planking and (maybe) just put a thin sheet of carbon fibres in somewhere between the layers. This can easily be done without vacuum bagging, as carbon fibres are very stretchable.
Why choose the most difficult solution, when the "simple" way is sufficient?
Again: Just my humble opinion.
You are very right woody, it is bit tricky to get a seal on the non flat boat hull. But an overlay of the carbon fiber on top of 2 layers of 45 degree planking should provide a strong base and using vacuum bagging technic gives optimal resin to fiber ratio which from what I understand is up to about a 35% strenght increase of hand layups.
I believe I have always done things to the inth degree, I believe I was born stubborn...lol
your idea of putting the carbon fiber ontop of the cross planking and under the final layer of length planking is spot on to what i want to do. The only reason to put myself threw vacuum bag curring of the carbon fiber is because there is almost no way to judge the carbon to resin ratio when rolling it on and from my research into DIY-carbon fiber the ratio is what takes the strenght from more than firberglass to a strenght of KSI=644 ; where 1 KSI= 1000 PSI, or 1 PSI= 6.89 kilopascals. The only reason i would do both cross planking layers first is to doubly make sure that i would have an air tight seal for the vacuum bagging. Also, once i am set up for vacuum bagging, i could use it on the final Veneer layer planking and not have to use staples, screws, filler... and just give the final layer a quick sand and clear the living crap out of it with a spray gun...
the design of the deck and other parts of the boat make using the stringers an other things much needed IMO...
I really think that you are getting too scientific about something that could be done "simple".
I would never do the vacuum bagging, as I am sure that a good cross-planking will do the job to your full satisfaction.
If you want a scale look on the outer planking, just use small nails, remove them and put wood filler in the holes. Real wooden boats in 1:1 also have wooden plugs covering the screws, and by doing this you just add some more scale look, as the wood filling will imitate the wooden plugs.
Please do not challenge yourself too much. The risk of failure rises with the challenge - and for what?
Advise from a learned boat-builder.
Cheers and best wishes!
OK, ok... I think that you guys are right about the carbon fiber thing cause, well any type of scale boat build of this caliber would not see more than 40mph anyway, due to weight and air flow...
I still wanna vacuum bag something in carbon fiber and make it go really fast...LOL
For me though i dont care for the riggers as they seem to have no style... i wonder what is out there that goes fast and has style?....
You just build that beautiful runabout (mono). And I agree with you. I don't like strange "unboatly" constructions like riggers etc.. Admitted they are very fast. But only on dull flat waters of ponds. (Sorry Marc and others )
In my world a real boat is a sturdy mono able to take some fresh chop offshore, and the true challenge is to build such a boat will be making it run steady, avoiding flip-overs, diving and chine-walking.
BTW: Don't bother too much about the weight issue. A well balanced offshore mono will run better with some extra weight and a powerfull engine.
what do you guys think of this as a fast wood boat design?
Of course this would be a 1/3 scale build or about 64"L*20"W?
and a secound carbon fiber idea hit me...
i could carbon fiber laminate the 1/32"H*1"W*... planking strips thus not needing the crazy full hull bottom layup between the planking and the finishing veneer...?
the strenght would be enough to let me run twin RCMK600s for a total of 28hp and 8lb/ft torque. Thus oldschool beauty and craftsmanship with new school tech and real fast speed enjoyment...
Seems you have some difficulties deciding what to build.
So here's my opinion.
About scale-boats: The Zephyr is ugly compared to a beautiful runabout / ChrisCraft type. Just know that none of them will do good neither in racing on ponds or off-shore.
Deep Vee Monos: The right thing for real off-shore racing. Build it rough and heavy, and set it up with a powerfull engine like a 10-14 hp blata.
Pond Racers in any form: Light weight is the issue. Typical set up with a Zenoah or likely.
My advice? Forget the scaling, and go for a simple and sturdy Deep Vee Mono with a huge engine. This will be what the Pond Racers call a "Fun Boat". And they are right: It's much more fun to run a solid bullet splashing through some chop.
Just my opinion.