Re: Tahoe 23 project, Norway
Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:43 pm
I'm with TomB.
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Ah, well, not exactly, wood I-beams are highly engineered products. The top and bottom flanges are made up of a glue lamination of long oriented plies all running with the length. The web is "beaver barf" also oriented with the length. As the beam is loaded and bends, the flange plies go into tension/compression using long wood strands to provide resistance to deflection. The web to a lesser extent is in both tension and compression serves the primary function of keep the flanges apart. So all three components work to provide stiffness in one direction. Flip it the side and the I-beam becomes a fragile noodle since non of the wood fiber is oriented in that direction.I don't agree that plywood is weaker. Look at the wooded I beams being used for construction now. They have less spring than dimensional lumber and can span longer distances without deflection. The grain running in different directions helps, not hurts.
Good point Tom. But how did he manage to dent the stringers in the first place? He didn't cover them with the floor?TomB wrote:Toivo,
With respect to the motor stringers, we have been writing about strength and economy. Durability/abuse and rot is another important consideration.
Mark Bonkalla built and documented his mahogany runabout build about 15 years ago. He used redwood stringers and uses his boat for waterskiing. Anchors, water skis, other toys bounce off the stringers and dent the encapsulated wood. The epoxy flaked off and water infiltration became an issue. Quoting Mark, “The redwood simply coated with epoxy looked terrible after only one season.” He added a layer of fiberglass to protect the stringers from abuse.
The spruce/plywood idea might need some added protection.
Good questions.But how did he manage to dent the stringers in the first place? He didn't cover them with the floor?
I have other boats for that kind of use My Tahoe is gonna be for cruising, and boat gatheringsTomB wrote:Good questions.But how did he manage to dent the stringers in the first place? He didn't cover them with the floor?
Kids, water skis, anchors, fish guts, dropped tools dents. With a little luck, a good boat gets used.
I don't think he documented the floor. His website http://www.bronkalla.com/index_boat.html for his Riviera is still up and goes through his build step-by-step.