Budget boat build

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by Jasonswood, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. ondarvr
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  2. Jasonswood
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    I couldn't agree more I have never built a boat and wood works just basics like rebuilding a garage. But that's always why I was looking into foam and a flat bottom to start with I figured a deep v would be out of my league. Again out of curiousity it would seem that buying would be cheaper than building just to get out on the water for fishing. But my question is, is building any boat more costly than it would be to buy. Example if I wanted a Carolina style center console about 27 feet or lager would it be more costly to build oe to buy a proline or Boston, even a Grady, or some other brand im not aware of. For now I am happy and content with a simple flat bottom with or without a motor just to fish local rivers here in Michigan
     
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    i guess I'll have to look more northern.
     
  4. PAR
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    This is directly opposed to common and time honored boat building practice. White oak is about as prized a building material as it gets. The reds, aren't as useful, though for deadwood assemblies on larger craft and other pieces, certainly well employed.

    Jason, building a 27' as your first project just isn't realistic. A 9.9 HP outboard is enough to get a small skiff up on plane if lightly built and loaded. Covering foam with 'glass cloth is going to cost a lot more than a big box plywood boat.
     
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    Oh no I only want a 14 to 18ft jon boat. Flat bottom
     
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    Jon boats are a dime a dozen around here in different materials and conditions. A small one will do okay with a 9.9 HP outboard, though you'll probably want a 20 HP pretty quickly.
     
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    I was speaking in terms of thin strip plank , and yes for larger timber white oak is the way to go.
     
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    Except for very small craft (canoes, kayaks, dinghies, etc.) pretty much any species can be employed in one of the dozen versions of strip planking.
     

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    2 sheets of 3/8" fir ply, 2 sheets of 1/2", 6 1x3x14 pine, 1 2x4x12, two large tubes of PL premium, some ss deck screws can be turned into a skiff or john boat. You really don't need to tape the seams or use epoxy at all. I've got a 8 yr old skiff that's still going strong with no epoxy. Still easier to buy an old banged up sears john boat. I too have seen free boats on C.L. and some looked pretty good but others would make great planters..........peace................g
     
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