Hey Rick, The strips are 3/4" wide x 3/16" thick by 16' long, When I built the boat I made them over hang both ends then trimmed them afterwards. All the strips have a bead on one edge and a cove on the opposite edge so the glue has a troth to set in while you are doing the glue ups and the strips can form themselves to the ribs better. If you go to my web site you can many pictures of the boat being built. adirondackbuilt,com As long as you are not going to use the boat you intend to build in a rocky river or stream you should be OK without placing fiberglass on the out side of it. My guide boat is only used on lakes and deep water rivers. I had a blast with it in the adirondacks this past summer.