14 ft Homemade Flat Bottomed Skiff

Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by Bubberdini, Feb 17, 2018.

  1. Bubberdini
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    Bubberdini New Member

    Moin moin!
    Want you to check out my homemade flat bottomed skiff!
    Really curious ´bout what you´re thinking...

    Just to invite myself:
    I´m a non-professional boat builder from Germany. First I was looking at the internet to get a used boat. Like you know I guess, there´re lot of ruins at it for a whole lot of money. So I came to build a boat by myself.
    I like the flat bottomed because of flat water advantages and the (quite) easy way to build.

    So here it is, my white "Alice":



    check out all my vids to get a close look at it and tell me what you think!

    Ahoi!

    Bubberdini
     
  2. rwatson
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    rwatson Senior Member

    Frankly, while flat bottom makes an easier build, the end product lacks some major benefits.

    If you only go on flat water, it will be fine, but once you get into any kind of sea or chop, flat bottoms are really, really problematic.

    After you have done your "beginners" project, you are now able to create a craft that is a lot more useful.
     
  3. jorgepease
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    jorgepease Senior Member

    Nice looking boat )
     
  4. Bubberdini
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    Bubberdini New Member

    Absolutely correct! Her favourite area is a calm lake!
    My first intention was to build a jon boat, but whilst drawing and building models, it came to that.
    Jep, lets see which project is next.
    Just can´t wait for it....
     
  5. Bubberdini
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    Bubberdini New Member

    Thanks a lot, jorgepease!
     
  6. Ike
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    Ike Senior Member

    I like it. It is a good boat to build for a first boat building project. it is a very good looking boat. Good choice.

    Flat bottom boats are fine for small lakes, rivers and estuaries where the waves never get very large. They are stable and can carry a good load for their size. They are even easy to row. I built one about 12 feet in length (3.7 meters). I use it for fishing on a fairly large lake (about 4 miles long) but try to keep to the calm end of the lake (the wind is usually a southwesterly so the southern end of the lake never gets very rough) and I have had it out on open water on Puget Sound on a calm day. However, I did once get caught out in a high wind, and about 1/2 to 1 foot waves and it did all right (scared my wife though), with us sitting in the bottom, not on the seats. A small 2.5 hp (1.8kW) outboard works fine. It carries two adults with ease.
     

  7. Bubberdini
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    Bubberdini New Member

    Hey There!
    It´s exactly how you said. A small outboard engine, like you see on my videos with 6 hp, can
    put on plane if it´s balanced well. My first intention was to put a 15 hp Honda on it. But unfortunately the environmental regulations in Germany and especially in Bavaria don´t allow to go on a lake with a gasoline engine.
    You just can go by rowing, sailing or electric. Only on big rivers and at the northern coast you are allowed to use a gas engine.
    So I decided to buy a 12-Volt-trolling-motor first (Rhino BLX 70). And if the spring arrives finally, I can test it how it works with this boat.

    In the meantime I can adjust my trailer etc... There´s always something to do! ;-)

    Ahoi!
     
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