Tips from a Shipwright - Watch Master Shipwright Louis Sauzedde explain why he uses plastic replacement frames instead of oak while working on his latest wooden boat repair project in Tiverton, RI the 47’ FINAST KIND II.
Although he doesn’t claim to have invented the concept, Sauzedde is also the go-to guy for plastic framing in traditional wooden boats, whether in new construction, repair, or restoration. He knew a lobsterman who had sistered some frames with plastic, and that gave him the idea to frame entire boats this way. He uses high-density polyethylene sources directly from plastic manufacturers, and his frames have been proven to be flexible and unbreakable. They hold screws well, require no paint or finish, and most important are 100 percent impervious to rot. “I’ve been subject to tremendous amounts of ridicule over the plastic frames, but some boatbuilders and owners who initially ridiculed me for it have since been doing it themselves.
- WoodenBoat Magazine (no. 239) July-August 2014