View Full Version : Ran out of projects, Time to build a boat(rookie here)

02-08-2010, 06:08 PM
Whatsup guys and gals,

My name is Gary and I got my sea legs while in the Navy for 7 years but have been a boat/fishing junky all my 31 years.

I enjoy woodwooking, love geometry, and have tons of tools and spare wood laying around. Mind you, the wood I have is all standard exterior grade plywood and assorted treated lumber and reclaimed old pine from 100 year old tobacco barns but lots of wood none the less soIi will not to worry about wood expenses, just sealer, epoxy resins, and a few sheets of marine grade I suppose.

The boat I have in mind will have to built strong as I live in the swampy river regions of south central Georgia and will have to deal with cypress knees, sand bars, submerged timbers and other glorious natural stuff that enjoys ruining boats that are improperly built or maintained. I will be putting a 3.5 to 5hp outboard on it for lake running but most of my fishing is done in swamps and extremely slow moving rivers so most of my running time will be with a minnkota most likely. Oh yeah, it will have to be strong side walls which shouldn't be an issue cause my favorite fishing hole has a ton of big azz alligators in it that are accustomed to idiots up at the docks throwing food in for em so they have no fear or reservations about approaching boats and have seen more than a few close calls in this lake im referring too with small boats lol.

I am wanting to build a cross between a Caroline style dory and a sloping flat bottom for shallow running(I am a die hard bass fisherman so accessibility is a must).

I am in the process of drawing up a basic plan for shapes on the computer but I have yet to begin the building process. seeking advice.

02-08-2010, 07:13 PM
Here is an extremely rough drawing of what I have in mind. I think it may be a little small though, let me know if you can't read it and ill will re-write it in here for you guys.


02-09-2010, 08:51 AM

Something is odd here, I am contacting the authorities.:)

02-09-2010, 09:39 AM
Gary I don,t know much about Boat design but that looks like a very stable platform ! . Charlie:)

02-09-2010, 09:47 AM
Welcome to the forum! Building boats is fun and rewarding, so good choice!

But, no need to reinvent the wheel here. There are dozens of suitable and well established designs to meet your needs.

Check out some of these:
Phil Bolger's Sea Hawk dory skiff: http://www.instantboats.com/downeastdories/showdory.php?dory=seahawk

or his 15' work skiff: http://www.instantboats.com/skiff15.htm
or the Diablo: http://www.instantboats.com/diablo.htm
or even his little Skimmer: http://www.instantboats.com/skimmer.htm

Or perhaps Jim Michalak's power skiffs -
JonsBoat: http://www.duckworksbbs.com/plans/jim/jonsboat/index.htm
or AlansBoat: http://www.duckworksbbs.com/plans/jim/alansboat/index.htm

For many other design choices, check out this link: http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/r/plansindex/skiffs.htm

Choosing which boat is half the fun!

Good luck!
Dave Gentry

And, yes, your pic is pretty darn small.

02-10-2010, 06:00 PM
thanks. i have owned several different makes of aluminum fishing boats to include tracker, polar-kraft, lowe and a few others. i had things about each that i liked, and things about each that i didnt care for too much so i decided to just build a boat based off of the likes portion of that list and learn via trial and error. been doing quite alot of reading and looking at other builds that are going on and all the cuts and trim out work looks quite simplistic to do and patience is a strong suit of mine so im sure i would be able to make one helluva boat. time is abundant as i am not working at this time and have all the tools and materials that i need and free access to more if i do need them.

02-10-2010, 06:05 PM
thanks for the links, i will be certain to check those out. i will end up pulling ideas for framing and stuff for the build to incorporate to my own design. i dont really want to build someone else's design, its a bit too much like plagiarism in my opinion. although the work would be my own, its just more satisfying to create something nobody else has done yet. that is the thrill of woodwork and metal fabrication to me. there is nothing quite like taking a simple drawing and putting a tape rule down to wood and seeing it come to life from a piece of paper to the finished product.

Rich Jones
02-10-2010, 07:19 PM
Check out Sam Devlin's stitch and glue Cackler design on the web. 14' garvey type. He also has a 17' version. I built mine years ago and use it for fishing on small lakes. It was designed for duck hunting, but makes for a very stable fishing platform. As for the gators, you can beef up the sides a bit. Good luck!

02-14-2010, 08:28 AM
all the cuts and trim out work looks quite simplistic to do...

Ha! Save this for a laugh sometime down the road... when you need one :)

02-14-2010, 12:03 PM
"Ran out of projects"

It just occurred to me I will never be able to utter those words.


02-14-2010, 02:17 PM
i have it pretty easy, all my "projects" are self imposed as i am single with no rugrats to worry about eating and spending up all my money. i plan to keep it that way lol, nothing like the freedom do do what you please, when you please without having to worry about whether or not you have the approval to do it.

finally got some good weather to start building but my tarp wasnt secured the way it should have been and alot of my plywood has gotten jacked up so ill have to wait for it to dry out and see what is still usable and what will have to be thrown into the burn pile.

Bob Triggs
02-14-2010, 02:38 PM
You might like to take a look at John Gardners book of "Boats You Can Build" He designed a great work boat called a "Clamming Skiff".I remember seeing a lot of them on the Connecticut shoreline being used for clamming, oystering and lobstering, mooring work etc. Very stable and handy under outboard motor power.