A while back I was reading through old posts and saw someone selling an older weekender. He said in the post that it was built of luan. Here is a quote from the post:
"The hull was made of Home Depot luan covered in Raka cloth and epoxy, which seemed to work very well".
The name of the boat was "Fandango" and the builders name was Adam Plourde, the post was dated May 4, 2006.
So can luan be used for the hull or not? Is this one of those things that the Stevenson's say everyone has an opinion on or has luan been found to be unacceptable for hull construction? I'm not trying to be a hack here, but man, if I could avoid putting up my house, kids, and cats to buy the wood for this thing it would sure be nice.
I understand that there is a point of diminishing returns but the reason I am building this boat is to have a great experience with my kids and have fun doing it. It would be hard for me to realize this goal if I have to write a check for a couple of thousand dollars for primo plywood.
I think that like in most things in life, there are a variety of sensibilities in a given group of people. Some of us are interested in building something of superior quality, finish, and don't mind the cost if what we end up with is a finished product that will stand the test of time. Then there are others among us who are looking to build something as quickly and affordibly as possible, as long as it is safe, looks good, and will last for a reasonable number of years then the particulars of construction materials can vary somewhat. And there are a whole bunch of us somewhere in the middle.
Does any of this make sense or am I just confusing the issue?