Building my first Boat

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Rapp, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Rapp
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    Rapp Junior Member

    I'm looking to build a basic skiff for crabbing,I run traps and trotlines,I currently have a 14.5 ft carolina Skiff Utility Skiff and would like a similar boat.Looking for wide beam,16 ft maximum length,side console.Does anyone know where I can get plans ?Also iis there anywhere that will custom make plans or tell you how to alter theirs if I can't find what I'm looking for ? Thanks.
     
  2. Petros
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    there are lots of plans available, and lots of designers willing to design something for you.

    what material do you intend to build, wood, fiberglass, aluminum?
     
  3. Rapp
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    Rapp Junior Member

    I'm looking to go with wood,I'm an experienced woodworker,I have never worked with metal or fiberglass
     
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  5. Rapp
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    Rapp Junior Member

    Thanks Petros
     
  6. LP
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    Carolina Dory Plans

    Here is a link to some Carolina dory plans that another member is building.

    http://spirainternational.com/hp_caro.php

    They are a relatively inexpensive plan and I think the designer is available if you have questions.
     
  7. Rapp
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    Thanks,I'm looking for a square nosed one if you happen to see one,I'd appreciate it if you let me know.lots of stuff I need to store,floats, anchors. crab traps etc and that wide front area works good for storage.Appreciate your help,great forum
     
  8. gonzo
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    Try "Building Classic Small Boats" by John Garner.
     
  9. michael pierzga
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    Google maritime museum Maryland...I think Solomons island and they have plans for traditional Garvey type crab skiffs. Crossplank bottoms . Nice boats.

    Sometimes refered to a Barge. Perhaps put SHARPTOWN BARGE in your google search or Chincoteague skiff.

    Peter Culler also has some fine examples for timber construction

    Hylan of Maine has a beautiful 18ft skiff design

    http://www.dhylanboats.com/plans/pointcomfort18_study_plans.pdf

    http://www.dhylanboats.com/ben_garvey_plans.html

    Devlin has a nice ply Garvey

    http://store.devlinboat.com/honker.aspx
     

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  12. michael pierzga
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    Yes indeed. Put "PUNT" in your Google search
     
  13. Rapp
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    Rapp Junior Member

    Thanks I ended up going with him,I friended him on facebook and after going back and forth he's going to design a 16 ft version of the boat,I'm very excited and looking forward to building my first boat,and glad I found this forum,as I'm sure even as an experienced woodworker I'll have many questions.Appreciate the input !!
     
  14. Rapp
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    Rapp Junior Member

    He's actually designing a 16 ft version of a different boat,it has the square front.I mainly wanted that for the room,usually head out with traps and trotline equipment and the space gets eaten up quick.I found him very easy to deal with,and even easier to communicate with on Facebook.I really appreciate everyones input,and look forward to picking your brains and will prewarn yous,I'm a question asker,I hope I don't end up getting on anyones nerves
     

  15. michael pierzga
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    michael pierzga Senior Member

    Looks like a nice boat.

    Get busy building !!!
     
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