Boat building method questions

Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by The Rooster, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    If I had a $1,000 budget, I'd make a simple plywood boat, likely a skiff for the best performance bang for the buck, substituting taped seams for triangular logs at the chines and a few lengths of 1x2's for seating supports and bracing. I'd use a couple of gallons of epoxy to insure it lived a while and some porch and deck enamel to make it pretty. A half a dozen sheets of 3/8" Aquatech (BS-6566) for 55 bucks each, another hundred for goo, $50 for 1x stock, $50 for paint, etc. Good materials, good goo, crappy paint that can be touched up cheaply . . .
  2. The Rooster
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    The Rooster Junior Member

    Well, for $1000 I think I'm just going to buy a new 12' aluminum boat, a new trolling motor, and battery. I even believe I can get the registration paid for on that budget. I was only interested in a build for cost purposes. Since finding out it always costs more to build, well, I'm just not as interested. Thanks all for the input.

  3. hoytedow
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    hoytedow Wood Butcher

    Look for a used jon boat and save, even if it has a leak.
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