HOWB 117 – Interview the Expert | Iain Oughtred on Glued Plywood Lapstrake Construction

by admin on December 26, 2013


This episode is an interview with renowned small boat designer Iain Oughtred of the Isle of Skye in Scotland.  To listen to a previous interview with Iain about his life journey to designing and building small wooden boats, listen to HOWB116.

Iain has over 100 boat designs to his credit, most of which you can buy online at  There is also a biography about Iain titled – A Life in Wooden Boats.

During this Interview the Expert recording, Iain and I discuss the following points on Glued Plywood Lapstrake construction:

  • Description and history
  • Skill level required to utilize this method
  • Cost of this method versus other building methods
  • Time to build versus other methods
  • Special tools and materials required
  • Pros and cons

Click on the green player button above to listen to the full interview with Iain.

Here’s some pics to enjoy:

SEAL @ 21-'6''  –  built Wolfgang Friedl in Austria copy

21-‘6” Seal designed by Iain Oughtred and built by Austrian Wolfgang Friedl. Photo courtesy of Iain Oughtred.

Oughtred GUILLEMOT  12' built by High School Students.  Photo courtesy of Iain Oughtred

Oughtred GUILLEMOT 12′ built by High School Students. Photo courtesy of Iain Oughtred.

Thanks Iain for taking time to record the interview.  Best to you all in your wooden boat adventures!

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