Seeking plans for tiny marsh boat

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  1. EvelynRose
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    Greetings! I've recently moved just down the road from a marsh, and I want to build something quick and easy to explore the little waterways and lakes. I've been diving down the rabbit-hole of one-sheet builds (and an impressive rabbit-hole it is), and could use some help finding a plan that suits my needs.

    Must-haves:
    - Small and light enough for me to carry down the road and along a questionably-maintained forest path (I weigh under 140 lbs and don't plan on much cargo, so I can get away with a smaller vessel in exchange for ease of carry)
    - Shallow draft for marsh navigability
    - Narrow locomotion for marsh navigability (so kayak or canoe paddles ok, long oars not so much)
    - Cheap and easy build. (Say, under $100) I did a beautiful stitch-and-glue build as a kid and it took me years to finish all the glassing and sanding. I'm looking for something I can knock out in a weekend or so without a table saw.

    Nice-to-haves:
    - it would be fantastic if I could stand up and peer over the marsh grass, but that may be impossible with the size profile I'm aiming for.
    - Cute. Although they're more work than I'm looking to put into this, and probably too beamy to paddle, I love the half pea and baby boat: Halfpea | Free Boat Plans http://hvartial.kapsi.fi/dinghy44/dinghy4.htm, One sheet boats http://flo-mo.weebly.com/one-sheet-boats.html

    So far this is seeming like the right direction, but I'm hesitant to follow it directly where the builder doesn't seem to be a boat person: One Sheet Plywood Boat https://www.instructables.com/One-Sheet-Plywood-Boat/
     
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  2. DogCavalry
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    DogCavalry I aim to misbehave.

    Welcome to the forum, @EvelynRose . I'm from Meteghan, just across the Bay of Fundy.
    For propulsion, hunt around for issue 100 of Woodenboat magazine. There's a briliant article about sculls and yullohs.

    Have you thought about a stand up paddleboard? It would seem to meet your SOR (Statement of Requirements), quite nicely.
     
  3. upchurchmr
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    Skin on frame kayak does everything except allow you to stand up. At least I can't.
    Dave Gentry has a whole site on SOF boats.
    His method should be cheap.
    You can paint it to look "cute" with household paints.
    Quickest, cheapest kayak I built - 7 of them, especially compared to strip planked kayaks - 5 of them.
    Can be very light also.
    Gentry's kayaks seem to have a heavier frame than Yost kayaks.
    There are others of course.
    Good luck, and keep use informed in your progress - please.
     
  4. EvelynRose
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    Hi @DogCavalry ! Nice tagline :)
    I have looked at SUPs a bit, and they seem like a great option except for the cost. Every reasonable build I've seen requires a full coat of fiberglass/epoxy, which is well over $100 by itself :\

    Checking out skulling and yulohs now, super cool!

    And thanks @upchurchmr , I'll look into skin frame kayaks. I was also looking at coracles.
     
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    With prices going up on everything that $100 target will be hard to hit.
     
  8. BlueBell
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    SOF can be done for under $100, barely.

    SUP can be built for a bit more...
     
  9. DogCavalry
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    Foam platform, sculled with a long paddle. Tastes great! Less filling.
     
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    I agree with the foam platform!!!
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    Just substitute oars or paddle for the motor/battery.
    A shorter chair would help, and shape the foam. :D:D
     
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  11. Tiny Turnip
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    I suspect that stand uppable and (seated) paddleable are somewhat contradictory. But puntable?

    I'm a fan of Hannu's boatyard. I'd suggest that the micro auray Micro Auray Punt | Free Boat Plans http://hvartial.kapsi.fi/ossauray/auray_u.htm would give you a better boat than the half pea. If you carried oars, then you've got options to row, paddle or punt, depending on conditions. A little trolley might help with the walk in, but its still less than one sheet of 4mm ply...

    Or... would a small inflatable/ float tube work for you? Home made from an innertube?

    Kinetic Fish Hunter Float Tube Belly Boat Green, Waveinn https://www.waveinn.com/nautical-fishing/kinetic-fish-hunter-float-tube-belly-boat/138443151/p?utm_source=google_products&utm_medium=merchant&id_producte=14504837&country=uk&gclid=Cj0KCQiAk4aOBhCTARIsAFWFP9GeWAbS33RNx8bCmKJgCmjU2bGPKMFRJ_m7LDkC_W7-ODF2NzgLbM0aAuWWEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
     
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  12. EvelynRose
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    Well folks, it turns out sometimes the best way to get into a really shallow and densely-vegetated area is to wait for it to freeze over and walk XD

    After further scouting, I don't think I'll be able to get a boat of any description in there come summer. I'll have to contain my boating to the much more navigable lakes a bit further afield. (Possibly with a SUP >.>)

    Appreciate all the great suggestions, definitely got my gears turning and may turn into a future project yet.
     
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    Well, good luck anyway but take a day for yourself and visit the maritime museum in Halifax, N.S..
     
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    I love that place.
     

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    It's a great place. I was able to see it thanks to the generosity of viking north.
    I haven't heard from him lately. I hope he is well.
     
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