I have come to the conclusion that the first boat I build is going to be a small skiff. I don’t want to go overboard with something complex or I may get discouraged and never finish it. Also I have so many other projects at this moment that I do not want to take on something so large. Not to mention, a skiff will be a good companion of the Sea Sprite that we are currently working on rebuilding. That way if anything happens we could always use the skiff to get back to land. However, I hope that is never the case.
Given my current monthly budget, I will need to make this a super cheap project. Since the cost of fiberglass is a little higher than what I would like it to be, I am thinking of just using the fiberglass on the joints. Then keeping the rest of the boat wood and maybe using some marine paint to seal it. I don’t necessarily need this thing to last forever so I don’t think I need to worry about fiberglassing the entire bottom much less the entire boat. I am going to research it more before I make that final decision.
So the build I decided I will be making can be found at http://koti.kapsi.fi/hvartial/skiff12p/skif12p.htm It is a 12 Foot skiff made mostly of two sheets of plywood. The frame, seats, runners and any other extras shouldn’t be much as I can make them with cheap wood like 2×4’s or something like that. Currently I am in the process of studying the boat plans and making a daily plan for this build. I am attempting to limit it to a 7 day build. That is technically a LOT considering the guys on the build site says it only takes about 4 hours. The reason I am doing 7 days is to spread it out a little as my time is very limited these days. If all goes well day 7 will be launch day!
The reason I chose this build is because it isn’t a HUGE boat to start off with making AND it could possibly be converted into a small sailboat. There are photos on that same website of another person converting it into one. That will make things a lot more complicated because I am not sure how to go about making a mast and boom much less a sail. I think the rest I can figure out a lot easier. However, I am not going to give up on it just yet as I LOVE the idea of taking a boat out without the extra cost of buying a motor, gas cost, troubleshooting engine issues, etc.