Help building a wooden flat bottom!

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by Wolfgang123, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. hoytedow
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  2. WesS
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    A 15hp godevil or mudbuddy would rock the world off a 14' jon. Anyway, if you go where a godevil will then your bottom will become splintered eventually. I am an avid duck hunter and run the crap out of some sloughs and mud. Good luck... try a kevlar bottom
     
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    PS- a 15hp godevil/mudbuddy will definitely blow your budget. Buying a used one is a wase of time. They are all beat to crap. Try taking care of one at 3 in the morning, crushing through ice, half asleep, cold as crap, and trying to get to your hole in time to clear the ice and set the decoys. Not saying they arent out there, but...
     
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    You should be able to find 8 inch wide 12ft long cedar planks at Lowes that would be lighter, last longer and bend easier than white pine. STEEL plate sounds like rust and moisture to me, some aluminum plate would be nicer, you can use narrow strips, say 2 inches wide to keep the cost down. 10 horse on a 10ft boat is flying, remember we sometimes run into things that make the boat stop but the operator keeps flying.
    Another option is taking measurements from a boat you like and copying the dimensions with your own build (but there are copyright laws). Good luck searching, I would buy a proven set of plans.
     
  6. Wolfgang123
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    Hey thanks for all the responces guys. The surface drive I plan to use is going to be homemade as well. I am much better with metal than wood, and I have never had anykind of experiance with boats, but I have been around motors and such all ny life. I can decide if I should buy and old 10 foot aluminum jon. Or make one. The only thing is cost. I feel it might be cheap to just buy a boat. Making one would be fun but I just don't know yet.
     
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    10 ft boat...9.5 horse motor...26 mph clocked.
     
  8. Wolfgang123
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    cool ok guys looks like i wil go with a 10-12 footer then, my goal is to be able to do 30mph so with a 10 ft boat and 15-17hp motor maybe i will be able too.

    :)

    and this site is cool:
    http://www.bateau.com/products.php?cat=16

    but at an average cost of 50 dollars for one set of plans i think i would have money but just buying a jon boat. those things go for like $200 in my area.
     
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    Dang boy! 30 mph in a 10 footer. Be carefull!
     
  10. Wolfgang123
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    haha i know i will. i have a little minibike right now that does 65mph. you start to get the death wobble when you get going like that, fast and fun as hell though.
     
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    You gotta be careful with a flat bottomed chined boat. If you take a turn too fast the edge can catch and you " trip" on the chine. Instant flip over...at speed. That is the reason that the Coast Guard rates flat bottomed boats at a lower hp rating
     
  12. Wolfgang123
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    ohhn thanks i didnt know that :confused:
     
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    Wolfgang, don't fool yourself. It's not cheap to build a boat, particularly in terms of time. There is no way you can build a 10' boat for $200.
     
  14. Wolfgang123
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    ohh yea i could it just wont not be a good/nice boat. haha yeah i figured that out thats why i kinda let the thread go, i did relize that. :(
     

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