Definition of clinker-built in English:



  • (of a boat) having external planks secured with clinched nails such that the bottom edge of an upper plank overlaps the upper edge of a lower plank.

    Compare with carvel-built
    • ‘Nowadays, these wooden clinker-built dinghies are equipped with reliable outboard motors which means you no longer need forearms like Popeye to go afloat on Leven.’
    • ‘But not everyone who visits this exclusive little port considers it prudent to spend the equivalent of the cost of a clinker-built dinghy on a single night's accommodation.’
    • ‘The roof here is constructed almost like a clinker-built boat, again reflecting Barry's other great love, sailing.’
    • ‘It's a 14 ft, wooden, clinker-built boat, upside down and in need of some varnish.’
    • ‘The clinker-built whaler lay trapped between the twin worlds of darkling sea and shadow-limned night.’
    • ‘The clinker-built construction of overlapping planks secured by clench nails conferred great strength with flexibility.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most interesting of these were the clench-nails, as these were used to fasten the overlapping long planks of a clinker-built vessel together.’
    • ‘Well preserved remains of Viking ships show they were clinker-built of overlapping planks and measured between about 17.5m and 36m in length.’
    • ‘These were clinker-built - that is, with timbers overlapping and not laid flush - with flat bottom, straight stem and stern posts, a stern rudder and a single sail.’
    • ‘The most popular was the clinker-built dinghy.’
    • ‘The felling of strakes used in its clinker-built hull has been dated by dendrochronology to the 880s.’


Mid 18th century: clinker from clink ( northern English variant of clinch).