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Copper Nails, Roves & Sheet

Classic Boat Supplies stocks copper materials needed for sheathing wooden hulls to protect them from worms and marine growth.  Copper sheathing  is a technique developed by the Royal Navy in the 18th century which allowed ships to remain active, at sea, for greater lengths of time.  Non-sheathed boats required more regular dry-docking for hull-scraping.

Sheathing involves cladding the below-the-waterline hull with overlapped sheets of copper and fastening them with flat head copper nails, or tacks.  Normally the copper nails are smooth-shanked to allow the copper to be easily replaced when the time comes - normally every 15-20 years or so.

It's unusual for a new boat to require copper sheathing since the materials available today, such as fibreglass and epoxy resin, are superior and cheaper than copper sheets.  However for a truely-authentic new build, or the faithful restoration of antique boats, copper sheathing is still practised.

If you don't see what you need please contact us - we can source a wide range of copper products at good prices.  Also we are happy to quote on smaller or larger quantities of copper sheeting and nails to suit your particular project.

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