mini boat building.

Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by joco, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. joco
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    joco Junior Member

    i do love to fly fish and i was looking to get myself on water and have something that is small.

    so i found that link.

    i love it..but there no way i can afford this.

    there must be some people or some model that look like it i could build mysel;f for a lot less $$$

    right now i love my kayaks to fish but mabe a little boat like that to stay up to fly fish would be better.

    anyone in you guys did something similar..????

    thanks for any info

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  4. Lurvio
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    Lurvio Mad scientist

    If you want to build something like that, plywood stitch&glue would be the way to go. Get a couple of sheet of good quality ply. Cut the bottom shape, get a couple of friends to bend the side plywood into good looking shape and draw a pencil line where to cut, do the same for transom. Cut both sides pieces simultaneously to get them identical. Then stitch, glue (fiberglass if you want it to last) and paint.

    As a carpenter I would go to the trouble of replacing the stitching with wooden chine log, 2x2'' wood blocks (shorter pieces to make curves) glued and screwed to the bottom plywoods edge (1/2 - 1'' over the edge) and shape it to the angle of the side. Then screw on the sides with similar wood blocks as a stem and transom-side corners. Some reinforcements for the sheer and a paint job and you have yourself a boat. Shouldn't cost more than a $100.

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  6. Ike
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    Ike Senior Member

    Look through the boats at Instant Boats.
    Don't see what you like? then try
    There are others. Do a search on boat plans. The point is buy plans, then build the boat. There are many simple, easy to build boat plans available.
  7. joco
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    joco Junior Member

    thanks for all response guys thanks a bunch.

  8. liki
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    liki Senior Member

    Some other options, unfortunately the pages are in Finnish. But the plans are free, and I reckon you can get by with only the dimensions.


    the 2. through 4. could provide enough stability for fly fishing, I'd doubt the 1. one as I fly fish also. You could also find the link the most helpful.
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  10. tunnels

    tunnels Previous Member

    wow what a range of need little boats !!my choice would be the Micro Auray Punt This is one really nice looking and very practical wee boat
    could even sling a 2 hp motor or a trolling electric unit as well

    Fir me being a glass person i would make it the same method but make glass panels and do stitch and tape to put it together . but basicly the same method of assembly !.
    :D :p
  11. Herman
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    Herman Senior Member

    The boats of the first link the TS gave seem quite overweight to me. 45 kgs for a 2,1 meter long boat! We already struggle to get an "Optimist" to reach the required weight of 35 kgs. Does that chair weigh 15 kgs??
  12. tunnels

    tunnels Previous Member

    If you build using plywood weigh the sheets you are wanting to use , its amazing how much weight differance there is in a stack of plywood of the same type !.
    :p :D

  13. ancient kayaker
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    ancient kayaker aka Terry Haines

    The hull of Dace, my 10' sailboat, weighs only 60 lb and rows quite well. I used 4mm marine ply for the sheer planks and 6 mm marine ply for the bottom. It is great for puttering around a small river or lake, and the low weight makes it easy to cartop, although I would not use it for sea or ocean!

    I did not use stitch and glue, that method can involve a lot of sanding until you develop the skill of shaping the fillets, and requires glass tape at least to reinforce the chines.

    I used chine logs as described by Lurvio, but not as heavy. The chine logs were 1 x 1 softwood (actual dimension not dimensional lumber from a hardwood store which is smaller) and I glued them to the sheer planks while they were flat and then bent them around the frame and transom. This made the sheers a bit too stiff and I had to slit them halfway through every 2 inches to get them to bend: if I had to do it again I would use about 3/8 x 1 softwood chine logs and inwales glued to the sheer planks while flat, chop up a 3/4 x 1 strip into 2" blocks and add them to the inside of the chine seam after gluing the bottom.

    The building of Dace starts of post #41 of
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