Material Notes

What Port Townsend Watercraft uses in the kits

Port Townsend Watercraft chooses the best kit materials for the best possible results.


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PT Watercraft offers kits for new and unique boat designs that are efficient, functional, modern & attractive.

Our focus is on creating boats that answer the needs of serious cruisers, weekend camp cruisers and environmentally conscious boaters, sail and motor. Featuring: the fuel efficient 18.5ft center console , PT Skiff, Russell Brown’s modern performance nesting dinghy series, carbon marine hardware, water tight hatch kits, hatch toggles or ‘turn dogs’, adjustable wind shields, dinghy rigs, sails, dinghy foil kits, original PTW connective hardware, stitch and glue and epoxy instructional books, etc...

R&D by Russell J. Brown with various design collaborations with Paul Bieker and Eric Jolley of Bieker Boats, Jim Franken of Franken Design, Brandon Davis of Turn Point Design, Paul Zeusche of Townsend Bay Marine, Sean Rankins of NW Sails. Special thanks to our honorary consultants, John Marples, Dick Newick, Jim Brown, Brian Clark, Howard Rice, Tom George, Sandy Goodall, John Harris. Wood for our kits comes from Edensaw in Port Townsend, WA. Our preferred epoxy is WEST SYTEM  from Gougeon Brothers. Publicity thanks to Wooden Boat, Professional Boat Builder, Small Craft Advisor, Epoxy Works..+


We recommend West System Epoxy as being the best choice for this light-weight wood epoxy construction. We offer Epoxy kits from West System.

See this article ( for a look at the wood/epoxy boat building footprint.


We cut kits exclusively from Lloyds approved BS1088 Okoume Marine Plywood. Okoume Marine Plywood has become a favorite for this type of boat building. It is comparatively lightweight, strong and attractive. We have found the best quality from either Joubert(TM) or Bruynzeel(TM).


The lumber for the PT Skiff kit is hand picked, tight grained Douglas FIR.

Other kits may contain Mahogany, Sitka Spruce or Cedar parts.


We sell the recommended fiberglass weights and finishes best suited for Epoxy bonding.

There are three different weights of cloth used on the PT Skiff and on the PT Eleven.  We offer the appropriate amounts, delivered on tubes, not folded;

4, 6, and 8.9 oz cloth, chosen for compatibility with epoxy for the PT Skiff as a separately sold kit, and for the PT Eleven and the PT Spear is included with the kit.

The 8.9oz cloth, Hexcel #7725, was developed for composite aircraft construction and has excellent properties.

The 4oz cloth (Hexcel 1522) and 6oz (Hexcel 3733) especially finished (F81) for use with epoxy as opposed to polyester resin.This is something you have to ask for as many stores will not know what finish is on their stock fiberglass.

Peel ply (M05-1453 Econo PLY E 2.74 oz) also included in our fiberglass packages.

WEST SYSTEM® produced a brochure in 2000 that gives a good description about wood/epoxy construction. See the images, published here with their permission, below.


Precision CNC cutting by Turn Point Design in Port Townsend.

Our NW plywood supplier is Edensaw Woods.

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