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    Default ISO small kids boat that can support trolling motor

    Iím a small custom woodworker but have ZERO boat building experience. I donít know much about boats and im having a hard time finding a smaller sized boat that would be great for 1-2 kids and eventually fit the little boy when he get older to his teens or so. Something like 5-7feet long and however wide.. like a small Jon boat or bass boat? Need some serious insight as they want it for his birthday coming up in a few weeks! Any insight on design and maybe a plan or two would be great! Please pretty please and thank you 🙏🏼

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    Default Re: ISO small kids boat that can support trolling motor

    Welcome to the Forum.
    That short a boat, you need a pram dinghy.
    https://www.woodenboatstore.com/prod...-nutshell-pram
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: ISO small kids boat that can support trolling motor

    Quote Originally Posted by NGodwin56 View Post
    I’m a small custom woodworker but have ZERO boat building experience. I don’t know much about boats and im having a hard time finding a smaller sized boat that would be great for 1-2 kids and eventually fit the little boy when he get older to his teens or so. Something like 5-7feet long and however wide.. like a small Jon boat or bass boat? Need some serious insight as they want it for his birthday coming up in a few weeks! Any insight on design and maybe a plan or two would be great! Please pretty please and thank you 
    For 1-2 kids... for what purposes? Mostly sailing? Not in a jon or bass boat, I guess. All fishing? Multi-purpose? Some rowing capability... or just enough to trudge home if the small outboard dies? Etc. etc. As always, the more info you can provide about your intentions, desires, and limitations... the better advice you'll get.
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    Default Re: ISO small kids boat that can support trolling motor

    If you're aiming to have it _finished_, ready to go in the water, within a couple weeks, you are probably limited to boats that can be built in a day or two, as it'll take many days to finish & paint & let it dry (and, be careful with the paint -- e.g., latex paint dries very quickly, but shouldn't go in water for weeks; some marine stuff should be able to go in a lot faster).

    What about something like Bolger's Elegant Punt? Plans here https://www.instantboats.com/product...unt-7-9-x-3-7/

    If you want kids to be able to drag her around, you want to get light plywood -- e.g., occume or something similar -- one report says they built out of BC pine plywood and instead of the spec'd 50lbs, they got over 100 (https://www.duckworksmagazine.com/10...gant/index.htm).
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    Default Re: ISO small kids boat that can support trolling motor

    Alex Bogdanov (http://www.plyboat.com/boat-plans.html and also through Duckworks) has a range of small boat plans that go together quickly. Most rowboats are in the 6-8 ft range and 30-45 lbs. I built one of his Happy Hour skiff/kayaks in 3 weeks of part time work. His Dingo (below) is 6-1/2 ft and reportedly 28 lbs though I would add flotation. Also for use with a tiny trolling motor, I would add a reinforced transom and seating nearer the motor.


    Last edited by Jack Loudon; 08-01-2022 at 02:05 PM.

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