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On the left, strips of fir cut for the longitudinal structure. On the right I believe is the Western Red Cedar that is being milled down for planking. That's right, this hull will be planked with real wood! Using three layers of cedar, it should be easier to achieve the bends than with two layers of plywood. It should also be stronger as all of the grain is going the length of the plank. Plywood cut into strips loses half of its strength due to the inner plies of the plywood going across the grain and providing little strength. The cedar may also be less expensive in the end as there will be less waste. Did I mention it will also be lighter?

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