Here are some boaty terms, some may be true to the industry as a whole while others may just be how we use them around the shop. It may not be perfect English, but it will help us in speaking the same StanCraft language. They are not in alphabetical order, maybe they will be some day. If you don't find the word you are looking for or think I am missing something important please let me know.
Part of the internal components of "plank on frame" construction, the buttons. As seen in the picture they really define the shape of the hull sides. Fastened with both a stainless steel #10 screw and 5200 glue to the notched out frames that are 20" on center they are the backbone for each of the planks. As the planks are put on the hull they are fastened along the buttons and down the frames. The battons in our boats are white oak vs. mahogany for the screw holding strength.
A term we used for our decking patterns. If you look closely at the photo you will see how from the center line or king plank, each board out matches the board on the opposite side as if you were to open the pages of a book. This is done by re-sawing a board down the middle so the two boards formed are mirror images of each other. Just another detail in how we build our boats.
Opposite of the stern, this is the front of the boat. A bow light has two colors, red and blue/green. Red is for the Port side, and blue/green is for the Starboard side.
All of StanCraft's hull bottoms are built in this manner, and boats 30' or larger have their hull sides constructed the same. This method is identical to our normal "plank on frame" however for double planking we incorporate a 1/8" layer between the frames and the outer planking of 1088 marine grade plywood. This adds a ridiculous amount of strength to all of our bottoms and to those larger hull sides. The photo shows a StanCraft hull already bottom planked and the hull sides being double planked as well.
With this term we are describing the height of the sides of the boat. More "freeboard" just means we have added more height to the hull sides. An example of a low freeboard boat would be the Torpedos that sit very close to the water, while a boat with tall freeboard would be the African Queen (shown in the photo on the left). Some models like the Deluxe Sport Lowboys, we have simply added freeboard to create a Highboy to just give the feel of more lumber around you.
The keel is the backbone of our boats. It runs from the stem (bow) to the stern of the boat. Every frame typically from #3 frame back is mechanically attached to the keel as is every plank attached to the bottom of the boat. For all you fathers of daughters out there, look up the term "keelhauling", as my father-in-law explained to me a long time ago, it will place lasting memories in any young man courting your daughters!! (in the photo, the keel is the top-most piece running from the stem straight back)
This is simply the method of construction we have used for our 82 years, and has been in use for centuries. This is a tried and true method and for us if it ain't broke don't fix it. We have boats from generation one that still not only float but win boat shows. There are many methods of boat building out there, this just happens to be probably the most reliable and tested method of wooden boat building in the world. We think that's a pretty big deal.
Oldies but goodies, and somewhat important. If you are in the bot facing the bow (front end) of the boat the PORT would be on your left side, and STARBOARD would be on your right. Also, as far as navigation lights go, the bow light (front end again) the PORT color is red, think of it like port wine is red, and the STARBOARD color is blue. (in the photo attached, you are looking at the PORT side of the boat, notice the red lens in the bow light)
Simply, the back end or aft-most portion of any boat. Opposite of the bow. Another family anecdote; Son to dad, "is it ok if I call my sister a stern face?"
This is the jig or tool of which the hull is built upon. In the photo you can see the A-frames made of 2"x10" framing, holding up the center frame strong back that forms the shape of the keel and the bottom of the hull.