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  1. #1
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    Default First Time Build

    Hello, I'm new around here and have joined to lend some experience if that is o.k? I'm contemplating what to build and can't quite decide which boat to build. Any suggestions would be great also as I keep discovering new models (that throw spanners in the works).

    The boat that I build will hardly ever see flat water. It will mostly encounter 5-15 knot winds and .5 to 1.5m swell. It is the short chop that the boat will have to deal with I will need to take most into consideration. I am looking for a length of 4.5m to 5m and a beam of 1.7m to 2m, optimally it would be around 1.8, but overall design is more important. I am after a boat that will do what a 4.8m aluminium dinghy will do, but with a higher degree of comfort. I would like to be able to power the boat with 30-50hp, cc or tiller, depending on design. Above all, this is my first build, so it would need to be a relatively simple stitch and glue with not huge costs of ply involved. I will however most likely add quite a bit of glass to the design to cope with conditions, probably a minimum of 2 x 300gsm and 1 x 450gsm layers.

    Originally, I was contemplating building MB Marsh's Almaguin 500, but the 7.5 degree dead rise is not really enough. I also looked at building a lengthened Selway-Fisher Power 14, but lack of chine put me off.

    I have look at the Bateau range and a couple really catch my eye such as the Outboard 17, but it is just a bit too big for what I want and I think that I would have to double or triple the fibreglass and epoxy amounts to get the hull that I want and then the power would need to be above what I'm looking at.

    I quite like the Spira Newporter 16, but have some reservations about internal gunnel height in relation to my two small children, but this design looks good.
    I also quite like the panga from Spira, but the lack of vee and lack of a planing plank puts me off the design for what I want.
    I like the Marissa design, but the material total and complexity worries me. I have been in touch with them and asked if I can some how obtain a kit drawing for extra and am waiting on an answer.
    The Australian designs from Bowdidge are probably one level up from what I want in my first build. The look very good though, and would look at building one in the future.

    Any suggestions or ideas would be appreciated.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: First Time Build

    You are going to hear this from others I'm sure, but consider dipping your toe in with a smaller build to test out even the stitch and glue process. Lots start with a canoe or similar to get a hang of it before going into the size and complexity you are considering.

    That being said, I'm familiar with a couple of the designs you mention and feel confident in saying that if you follow the build and fiberglass lamination schedules of the designer without trying to "beef up" the glass, your product will be plenty strong and not over weight.

    The cost of the plywood is really minor in the grand scheme of things even if you discount your labor time to zero. I wouldn't let that be the limiting factor. If it is, then you might find you start a build without really being aware of the cost and complexity and taking on a project that doesn't get completed for want of funds.

    I know there is a certain pride in being able to say you built one of these boats from a set of plans and stack of plywood, but if you can swing anyone of the available CNC kits offered by several of the mentioned designers I don't think you would regret it in the long run. It doesn't take too many mis-cuts to quickly add up to the cost of a "kit".

    I have to admit an ignorance of the waters that you will be using your boat, so I'll leave the plan suggestions to others more knowledgeable. Sounds like you have done your research and both good plans and designers have made you short list so I think you will be happy.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: First Time Build

    Thanks JT for the advice. Yes, I agree. Cutting is the one area that I'm not going to tackle. I have a friend with a CNC manufacturing company that will cut for me from PDF format (manual?). I understand that I will have to do minimal cutting after this as the bulk will be done.

    Whatever I build will unavoidably have the bejesus beaten out of it occasionally, especially at this time of year when you have to put your boat in before work to pull cray pots around the 3 mile reef. This is where I will need a nice vee with lots of glass. Otherwise, I'm a fair weather fisherman mostly.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: First Time Build

    Try looking at Sam Devlins designs. His Duckboat type Cackler 14 or the Snow Goose may be ideal for what you are intending to do with the boat and his FDishing boat designs (candlefish 16) might be a suitable candidate. They don't need a lot of power (which makes for a cheaper engine and smaller fuel bills) which might sway your decision. Plenty of illustrations of the boats being built to give you an idea of the construction too.

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