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I have a question concerning making up margin planks or covering boards for a schooner from 1850. Would the joints be scarfed or butt joints. In this diagram from Chapelle's Boat Building page 321 it would appear that a butt joint would be appropriate, especially with a nibbed deck. Would this be appropriate for 1850?IMG_0086(Edited).thumb.jpg.45367a90f7fbc8264e1f989526e3f053.jpg

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Russ, 

I looked at Pete Jaquith’s Newsboy and Eagle build and it appears he has butt joints and he is a marine architect and both ships are from the 1850s. I shot him a PM so I’m hoping to hear from him. I think it depends on the size of the vessel, larger ones are scarfed for sure.

I’m hoping it’s butt joints for obvious reasons.

 

Kurt

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Russ, You’re correct of course, the margin board would be alongside the covering board and nibbed, but you can also not have one and nib directly into the covering board. I think it depends on the size of the vessel and whether its naval or merchant and a question of the strength required. I’m thinking of a pilot boat. I really should be calling it a covering board..

 

Kurt

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