Tuesday Tales from the Archives – Carvel or Clinker?
January 30, 2018
aThTwo traditional methods of building hulls are carvel and lapstrake or clinker. The photo to the right illustrates a carvel hull, the surface is smooth. The hull planks touch each other when attached to the ribs.
To the right is an illustration of a lapstrake or clinker style hull. The edges of the planks overlap and are usually nailed together.
Both methods come with challenges. Carvel hulls require caulking. Clinker hulls often require joints. By the way, the planks are also called strakes, hence the alternate name lapstrake hull.