Building something from scratch can be really rewarding, especially when you’re looking at a finished product. This is why, after some serious thinking, I finally decided to build my own boat. As you probably already know, I’m passionate about boats and water sports, so I have an additional motive for doing this, but I really believe that it’ll pay off even if you don’t intent to set your foot in that boat ever again.
The whole process of building is, of course, quite demanding and time consuming. You’ll also need some powerful tools. But to make it a bit easier for you, I’ll describe the basics of the process, just so you know what you’re getting into.
Decide on the type of boat you want to build
You can’t do anything before you’ve done this. There’s a huge difference between building, let’s say, a kayak and a sailing boat. If this is your first time, maybe you should choose the simplest option.
Choose the hull material
After you’ve decided on the type of boat, you’ll need to do some research about the material that you’re going to need to use. And regardless of whether you’re building a boat that you’re going to use, or one that’s going to be just for show, you should pick quality materials.
Cut the wood into previously measured pieces
This is where the heavy machinery comes in. If you’re opting for unprocessed wood, you’re going to need a log splitter. This is where I found mine: http://logsplitterpro.com/. It’s basically a tool that allows you to cut large pieces of wood into smaller ones. But before you start cutting, find a design online and get all the necessary measurements.
Make cuttings where the pieces will be connected
Even if you buy a quality log splitter, it won’t help you with this. You’re going to need a finer tool to make the cuttings. But before you do anything, make sure you’re planning on cutting at the right spot.
Fine-tune the pieces
I’ve personally used a shaving tool to get this done, but if you’re working with processed materials, you could even try sanding them down. Just remember to keep on going until the pieces fit perfectly. It’s important since there’s no coming back after the next step.
Use waterproof glue to connect them
My decision was to use only glue to connect the pieces, but you could also use nails. All surfaces need to be clean and dry before you start applying it, otherwise it will all fall apart in a matter of days.
Sand down the surface
After you’ve put all the pieces together, it’ll be time for some fine-tuning. Sanding it down allows your boat to glide through water and achieve a higher speed. It’s, of course, also a part of getting it to look good.
Apply paint and finishing
Both paint and finishing need to be applied to protect the wood from getting damaged by water. So choose your paint wisely, and apply it in generous, but not too thick layers.