small power boat plans and stitch and glue

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  1. Damian3716
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    Damian3716 Junior Member

    Hi there,
    I am looking for some advice on buying some boat plans. I want to build a boat, and as this will be my first attempt, I was thinking that a small stitch and glue design would be a good idea. also, this should hopefully keep the costs to a minimum.
    Has anybody got any ideas for a nice outboard power boat design, maybe up to 10' ish. A planing hull would be preferable but I would consider tunnel or hydroplane. What I'm really looking for is soemthing small and simple that I can get the most fun out of with the least amount of power (again, cost is an issue). I have been trawling google for plans and have a few options but I thought, what better place to go than here to get great advice and ideas?!

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Glen-L.com and Bateau.com are the first places to start, though small powerboat plans abound.
     
  3. Damian3716
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    Damian3716 Junior Member

    Thank you for the advice, guys. I have already trawled the glen L catalogue but didn't find anything that was exactly what I was looking for. I did consider the dyno mite but I'm just no sure about it.
     
  4. Deering
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    Deering Senior Member

    I've built a couple Bateau boats that I've been pleased with. Another site to check out is Devlin Boat Design. Plans are a bit pricey for a simple small boat like you're talking about, but still probably a minor part of the overall cost.
     
  5. rasorinc
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    Look at this 12' not S & G but look at the size and you can carry friends. I built this as my 1st boat in high school wood shop in 1958. http://www.boatdesigns.com/12-Flying-Saucer-twin-cockpit-runabout/products/324/ I put an old 35 hp Even rood on it and it went like hell. I always had more fun with others aboard. I'm sure someone out there could convert the plans to S & G for not to much money. FUN BOAT............................SIMPLE BUILD.
     
  6. Damian3716
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  7. Wayne Grabow
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    Wayne Grabow Senior Member

    Just a question: Are you sure that S & G is the best way to "hopefully keep the costs to a minimum"? Epoxy resin is rather expensive, and stitch and glue uses it liberally.
     
  8. Damian3716
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    Damian3716 Junior Member

    Your're right there, i guess. But it's the cost of the hardwood that will really hit ,e here in the UK, and I figured that stitch and glue boats would generally use less of this. I'm guessing, due to the abundance of forests and great variety of hardwoods available in the states that timber (or lumber as I think you call it) is fairly cheap. Over here, I've seen single 6-8 foot by 1 foot boards selling for £50 -£100, depending on the quality etc. maybe somebody can tell me if I'm getting it wrong?
     
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  10. wet feet
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    wet feet Senior Member

    Have you looked at the Selway Fisher range of plans?Being British based they are more likely to specify material you can source easily.
     

  11. Damian3716
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    Damian3716 Junior Member

    That's not a bad shout, actually. I have had a quick look previously, but after your post I looked again and quite like the look of the 8' skiffle junior motor boat. I wish I could see some photos of ones people have built, though. Anybody on here any thoughts on this little boat? It's got a nice little shape, I think.
    http://www.selway-fisher.com/Mcup16.htm
     
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