Wood has always been a favourite building material for marine craft large and small, for the amateur and professional builder. Despite the advent of fibreglass and steel along with the increasing difficulty of obtaining suitable length and large end section durable timbers, it is still a favourite with the amateur. The development of marine plywood, epoxy adhesives and stitch'n'glue techniques has made boatbuilding by the amateur much easier. In order to provide guidelines for timber selection Australian Standards publish a standard AS 1738-1975 Timber for marine craft.
The PDF below is the State Forests NSW Technical Publication on Timber boatbuilding. This publication provides excellent information for the amateur boat builder to make appropriate judgment when selecting the correct timber to use.