KCStudly wrote:Gentleman's disagreement. Perhaps I should have suggested a foamie hybrid with wood in critical locations; such as spars and a thin ply layer in the floor of the loft.
The foamie concept basically boils down to minimizing unnecessary wood (and therefore weight and potential for rot) and the use of painted canvas skin as a unitizing structural element that is easier and cheaper to apply, less prone to leakage, and requires no trim to speak of. There are lots of variations including epoxy/fiberglass, and thin ply inner skins. Some people even cover their plywood builds with canvas... not a true foamie, but there are many lessons to be learned by looking at the forum.
Composite structures (the sum of the parts) are not weak, so don't discount them.
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