Just curious if there are any competitive home-built plywood A-Cats out there. Building a couple of hulls over the winter would make for a good project if it were worth it.
Not all Paper Tigers are ply. My father bought one around 30 years ago and it was a foam sandwich construction.how about a paper tiger - 14ft - all of them are ply as far as I know but with a few fancy bits to make them exciting (like Boyer rudders).
Do have any technical links for foam strips?When I came up with the foam strip plank build method for the LR2 and LR3 it was derived from a cedar strip A CAT I did 20 years ago. Glassed that one with 4 oz. inside and out. Heavier than it had to because cedar is 5 times the weight of the foam. Process makes of a fun home build method and is much more accurate than the stitch and glue plywood.
For us hopeless nutcases who actually like working with wood, would you share your ideas? Is it different from LDCs process?For my two cents:Yes it is possible to build a wood A cat that would be competive with a carbon composite boat, but it will be very labor intensive and require a whole lot of craftsmanship and will most likely be more fragile than the carbon composite boat.
So while it is technically possible, I don't see it as an attractive project.