View Full Version : Wanna build a carolina flare flats boat

07-24-2018, 07:17 AM
Sorry for it maybe old. But i have the same question with this topic but i don't see any answer. Thanks!

Yup, thats what i wanna do. That flare is as sexy to me a a woman with wide hips. I have a 25hp tiller handle i wanna use on it. I plan on going with a flat bottom aft, then curve the flat bottom up and building the sharp V onto to the bottom. The curved up portion of the flat bottom will become chine and the V will fade into the aft portion completely gone at the motor well. I love motor wells. I will stitch and glue then build the frame in. I will sketch it up later and post it.

Are there any flats boats with a carolina flare yall know of?


David G
07-24-2018, 08:04 AM
Sorry - don't know that design. Wrong coast. An example might be useful. Would any of Mark Bowdidge's work? Serious boats, but designed for the home builder.


Gib Etheridge
07-24-2018, 10:39 AM
You mean like this? I don't think it will be possible to do the flair stitch and glue. Maybe switch to strip planking or cold molding once you get there.

http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb379/klnhrpr/318522_266746946680507_158289334192936_906269_2698 25514_n.jpg (https://www.google.ca/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwj73L_3h7jcAhXjIjQIHVvxAH4QjRx6BAgBEAU&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thehulltruth.com%2Fboating-forum%2F443602-who-makes-custom-looking-bay-flats-boats.html&psig=AOvVaw2RL25r3PdZUbbVP-Jps0aP&ust=1532532838286631)

07-24-2018, 02:04 PM
Are there any flats boats with a carolina flare yall know of?

Gib's is a good example.Here's another perspective.

https://atlanticmarine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/16-Top-Photo-1.jpg (https://atlanticmarine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/16-Top-Photo-1.jpg)

I'll say this, the boat will be tough to pole. The flare that knocks down spray running through the inlet really lets the wind have her way with the boat--compared to less extreme flare--while drifting and trolling. ( I have owned two boats with Carolina Flare)


Tom Lathrop
07-24-2018, 02:47 PM
Gib is correct. The Carolina flare cannot be built in S&G as it calls for compound curvature in the bow side panels. It can be done in cold molded plywood or ashcroft plywood or strip planking. All of these are done locally in coastal Carolina but most use multiple layers of cold molded plywood over a form. A completely flat aft bottom can be dangerous, even with only 25 HP as it will skid badly in a sharp turn at high speed. A skid fin or skegs aft are needed to make it hold to the steered course. I have been tossed nearly overboard in a flats boat with 50 HP that needed a pair of aft skegs.

This is a short video of building a cold molded flats boat with Carolina flare. Looks great but lots more work than S&G.

Gib Etheridge
07-24-2018, 03:45 PM
It looks like you could build the flare flat and then fill in the curved underside with something light weight like foam or red cedar, either of which would then need to be glassed over. That might, probably would, be easier than getting into cold molding.

Dry is nice. I've been completely blinded by wind driven spray a number of times.

Tom Lathrop
07-24-2018, 07:39 PM
The current Carolina offshore fishermen style developed from the Rybovich boats originally from Florida. Local builders started to add more flare to the bow sections. IMO this was partly for style and partly to knock down spray from the sizeable waves in the Gulf Stream. Builders and buyers added more and more flare until it got so extreme that the view from the helm was of a rectangular forward deck and the flared topsides became nearly horizontal under the deck. Again IMO, some flare is not only effective but looks great, but I think it often became just a fad and sometimes got out of hand.

I think that a S&G flats boat can be built with enough flare to look great, be effective both structurally and in spray control. John Martin builds one that looks great to me. http://www.johnmartinboats.com/flats-boat.html