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Latitude33 08-10-2004 03:48 PM

Boat building

Looking for boat building links that folks have actually utilized. The grand idea is for a father-son project and I''d prefer simple designs/plans that would be understood by an average 13 year old. Any guidance is appreciated.


paulk 08-16-2004 06:47 PM

Boat building
The Woodenboat forum is the place for you:
You can search the existing threads for family-built dinghy projects, or sign in and post your own question. There must be at least a dozen viable designs for you discussed on their construction/building section of the forum.

Jeff_H 08-17-2004 03:33 AM

Boat building
I would also ask what sort of materials are you considering and what general type of boat?

If you are considering wooden boats, Chesapeake Light Craft makes a variety of very attractive plywood kit boats that are well thought out and produce very nice boats.

If you are considering a sailboat, there are some older style one design classes like the Penguin, Mirror and Enterprise dinghies which are easy to build and produce nice boats for a 13 year old. Depending on where you live, Penguins are still popular and the wooden ones are still competitive and marketable. There is info on the Penguins at

I would think that your son would quickly out grow something like an Optimist Pram (Opti),Sabot or El Toro dinghy which are used for the most basic level Jr. Trainers.

There are also a number of websites that have old wooden boat designs that have fallen into the public domain. While the designs are free, most are very dated and many were not very good designs to begin with. One of the bigger free plans sites is Svensens.

I think that there are few father-son projects that can compare with working on a boat in terms of creating a bond between a parent to a child. My father and I started working on my family''s boats when I was just slightly younger than your son, and it created a close friendship that endures to this day and certainly took the edges off of going through my teenage years.

Good Luck

maxcontax 08-18-2004 01:32 PM

Boat building
Glen-L boats have good plans with tried and proven designs. Might try their website. I built one of their sailing prams without alot of fuss.

VIEXILE 08-19-2004 05:21 AM

Boat building
If you have the inclination, contact Woodenboat School in Brooklin, Maine, and find out what their boatbuilding instruction schedules are. For the cost of the tuition and (reasonable) cost of materials, they''ll house you, feed you, instruct you and provide you with all the funky tools necessary to build any of a wide variety of watercraft (your selection). In some cases, they raffle off the vessel built in a group class. In others, you keep the vessel yourself. All this in an idyllic setting overlooking Eggemoggin Reach with sailing dinghys to use, etc. Pretty cool stuff. KW

gunnyman 08-19-2004 08:52 AM

Boat building
Latt 33 drop me a message at as I may have something to interest you.

Latitude33 08-24-2004 07:57 PM

Boat building
Thanks for all the good suggestions. As to the question of materials, I should have stated wood. Our location is Southern California so Glen L is a short drive.

Thanks again.

Gunnyman, e-mail coming at you.

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