How much does the boat weigh?
The boat weighs approximately 80# with
the standard cockpit box below the apron, and the use of epoxy. If
you drop the box or add the towing MV hull it will add another few
pounds. If you opt to use polyester resins instead of epoxy, the
fiberglass cloth weight increases to 10 oz instead of 6 oz and adds
another few pounds. Expect the boat to range from 80#-100#.
How much does the boat cost?
If you were to buy all of the materials
from the Home Center, paying retail for all materials, it would cost about
$400.00. To go to polyester resin and heavier cloth would save
approximately $100.00. If you have access to standard grade lumber,
you will save even more.
Do I need special materials or
marine grade lumber?
NO! The boat is not powered by an
outboard and sits stationary in the water. Materials are standard
construction grade lumber of 1x pine, 2x pine, 1/4" plywood,
3/8" plywood, and 3/4" plywood.
What is included with the plans?
Everything you need to know to build the
boat. Step-by-step instructions, notes, material list, pictures, and
options included for dropping the box for greater foot room and for making
a towing hull are all included with the plans.
How long does it take to build?
Depends on what tools and help you have.
Plan on spending at least 4 full days after the templates are cut out from
Will I fit into the boat?
I'm 6'-5" and weigh 250#!
Yes. The cockpit size is large
enough for most anyone at 7' long. The foot area generally is the
least comfortable and the plans show how to extend this area to provide
more depth. The plans are also very easy to modify for additional width if
needed but involves resizing the templates for the bow and stern
Do you have any details of the
hull modifications for towing?
Yes. The plans now include
sketches and drawings for the towing hull with the standard template
The plans call for 10 oz
cloth. Why so heavy?
To be safe. Polyester resins will
need the 10 oz cloth, but epoxy will only require 6 oz to be used.
Do I need to add floatation?
No. The bulkhead areas are sealed
watertight and provide ample floatation. The apron is wider than the
box and the weight of the water would not be enough to sink the boat
because of the apron displacement. Fully loaded and filled with
water it still floats above the waterline.
Why do the lines stop on the edges
of the paper templates?
The prints have a 1" border due to
the printing process. The original pieces on the edge utilized the
paper straightedge to eliminate some cutting of the patterns. Simply
connect the ends with a straight edge and draw the lines in on the few
Do the plans include instructions
for the spray skirt or coaming?
Yes. The instructions include
step-by-step procedures to make the coaming as well as material options
and hardware assemblies. Pictures and details are provided standard
with the package.