I would like to pick the collective brain here for suggestions for a craft design suitable for a school project coming up in the fall.
My school, Community School of Davidson, (Davidson, NC) is offering a 3 day intercession in the fall for students. The idea of the intercession is to take kids out of their regular classrooms for a "hands on" learning experience. I am going to have a group of about 10 kids building boats. I teach our wood arts program, but have no boat building experience. We do have access to typical school shop tools.
Our goal is to complete a boat, within this time frame, that would be "marketable" enough to sell at our fall school fundraiser to offset the costs of construction and hopefully create further interest and partially fund a future boat project for my classes in the spring. (Public school so no money in the budget for this project. I'll personally be out of pocket until the boat sells and then reimbursed.)
I have looked at lots of designs (I'm thinking stitch and glue or polyurethane adhesive), and have some ideas, but lack the expertise to judge the feasibility of some designs in the limited time frame.
- Time limit is 3 days for construction and doing as much finishing as feasible
- Limited budget (think teacher salary)
- School is near an inland lake (Lake Norman)-Kids have access to the water for launching
- These are high school students and by and large really good kids.
- With ten kids should we shoot for two small craft so all hands are kept occupied?
- Should I pre-scarf plywood so we can get right into lofting and cutting?
- Although I would love to do a CLC type kit and stick to the family boat build time frame, I just can't swing the cost without feeding my kids raman noodles all fall. Consequently, plan recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
- What have I forgotten to ask?
I have looked at peace canoe, bevin's skiff, weekend dingy, etc.
My goal is to decide on a plan in the next two weeks so I can do a practice build over the summer and be ready for kids to build this fall.
Thanks in advance for any help offered.