How to build a boat in 1 month

This tutorial is an overview of how to build a small boat. Over a period of a month, in our spare time my son and myself built a 3 metre plywood boat in a one car garage. For little money and some basic tools, we ended up with a fast stable craft that you could walk to the water. And in Queensland Australia, you don’t need a license and the boat doesn’t need to be registered.

So the boat started life as a sketch, with some dimensions on it. I used a free CAD program called Delftship, to create the boat in 3D. The Program generates a lines plan which is a layout of all the pieces that make up the hull. with dimensions on it. The material list for the boat’s not very big.

A few sheets of plywood and some pine framing from the local hardware store (Bunnings). The plywood’s scarfed together to make up the full length of the boat. I then transferred with pencil, the dimensions from the lines plans onto the plywood. Then we cutout all the pieces with the jigsaw. Once the pieces are cut, it’s really cool to see.

How quickly the boat takes shape. once you start bringing the pieces together. The shape of the hull on this is a little unusual. It was an experiment. Which, in the end didn’t really work out. But that’s OK. It was easy to cut and modify later on. (next tutorial) The pieces that make up the shell of the hull.

Are brought together around the frame and the transom. The flat plate at the back of the boat. The pieces are all screwed together temporarily with tangs of metal blocks of wood, screws, you can even use cable ties. It doesn’t really mater putting holes in the wood because you’ll fill after with epoxy. The whole boat is glued together.

And finally coated with epoxy resin. It’s all done with epoxy. Epoxy resin with a filler (cabosil) to thicken it, is used to stitch glue the wood together, in the beginning. It’s almost like spot welding in metal. Once the glue dries you can take out the screws. Once the boat’s been spot glued together and all the screws have been taken out.

And everything is square. Then all the edges can be filled with epoxy. The inside edges of the corners are filleted using something round (i.e. PVC pipe) The outside edges are sanded over to give it a rounded smooth edge. Fibreglass tape laminated over the external edges Pine framing was added around the tops of the sides.

Building Tiki 26 in 180 Days

For years I had been longing for my own boat while sitting at the sea or in the docks. I had bougth literature and magazines with a scent of see. I went diving, fishing and sometimes I drove a boat. I even bought two plans but I never had the guts to start. One day in a magazine called YU NAVTIKA I read several articles about catamarans. I was the most inspired by Milos Delac’s article describing a DYY 8 meter. It was love at first sight.

I wrote to the constructor and he sent me a brochure and after that i could not decide to build it for another long 15 years. To choose a boat is no picnic. There are many questions and the choice depends on several things the aim and the area of sailing included. A boat should be easy to carry around, it should not think too deep, there should be a lot of space on the deck, it has to be fast and of course it has to be low cost and easy to maintain.

The other day I was sitting at the end of the dock in the town of Izola watching boats sailing by thinking how it is all about three primal wishes: luxury, speed and low price. I was thinking how to join all of them and i was comparing boats along themselves. A luxury and fast boat cost a lot of money. A luxurious and cheap one is usually an old fart that gets you nowhere and there are high costs included and and unforeseen. Well, a quick, luxurious and chip boat. with a large deck. that does not.

Think too deep while sailing. even the transport needs to be easy. That could only be a catamaran! In the summer of 2003 it has all started. I sent 385 GBP to the constructor in Great Britain. After a week I got a huge envelope with construction plans in it. The next day I have already caught myself buying wood. The most i was wondering how can an amateur that knows nothing about.

Building boats can built a DIY (doityourself) catamaran. Probably it was because of this question that the majority never thinks of DIY. Well, it was no difficult, I just started and somehow it went. The constructor adapted plans to beeasyto read for those that have no clue what doit yourself means in the first place. The doityourself construction plan is actually a comic book including all of the instructions on how to use tools and materials.

It is meant as a construction of playwood, wood and epoxy. So the boat is easy, flexible and strong. I got all the material without a problem in Slovenia. I got oak wood and ocume playwood in a Slovenijales store in Setvid near Ljubljana that is usually imported by the Javor company from the town of Pivka. Even this company has its store in Ljubljana, however they want you to pay immediately. In Slovenijales they gave me wood in advance and a had it transported.

I bought epoxy in Mitol in the town of Sezana all other extras for mixing fillets and fabrics I got in the Mirnik company in Ljubljana and some of it in Trieste. We started to build the catamaran in the beginning of July on our home backyard. in three weeks the rough construction of the first boat was peaking aut of our home garage. It was finished in a month and a half, afterwards we started to build.


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