The method is well known and has been recommended since the end of last century (or the other) by HERRESHOFF. Numerous architects have made use of it with only simple modifications according to the size and purpose of the boats, modifications also made possible by the improved quality of available glues. The timber varieties used are readily available, such as ‘Iroko’, Mahogany, Oregon pine, nordic pine, teak etc.
The strength of strip-planking (glued laminated timber) is far superior when compared to that of solid timber, the lighter structures thus built mean that for the same waterline length, the hull has a much reduced displacement. The improved resin based and epoxy glues also give unequalled durability to laminated timber and plywood, with maintenance costs greatly reduced.
The masts are also strip-planked and have a hollow centre. Contrary to what may seem, they are easy to assemble, as with most building tasks, by one person alone.