This is a flat-bottomed 16 foot dory that has a shallow draft and makes a great platform for fishing.
Whether dingy, dory, skiff, or duck boat, there are many simple and inexpensive designs available for small rowboats, some that can be sailed or accommodate a small motor.
A general outboard well is detailed with supports which will allow builders to easily modify it if using a short shaft motor or generally looking to change the aesthetics adding curves to the well area. This iconic racing boat was originally designed by George Crouch in 1924 and went on to win the 1924 and 1925 APBA Gold Cup. It has been said that the 16 foot Gar Wood speedster is, pound for pound, the most valuable classic production speed boat in the world. There are some 15 frames, 2 keels, twin hatch assembly, vertical cleats, gas tank fixing, drivers bench seat, breast hook, front and rear stems with knees etc. The plans I have looked at are the Selway-Fisher motor canoe, Ross Lilliston Fleet, and countless others.
Good luck in your search and I am in Fairbanks if you want to look at some potential boats. If stability is the only problem and the cheap canoe is big enough, why not just build a stabilizer or two for it? You can get epoxy at West Marine in Anchorage or at Plaschem located in either Wasilla or Houston.
If management will not approve a multi hull I think you're on the right track with the motor canoe. Long and narrow to make lifting as easy as possible but these are not ultralights and total weight starts to become a problem for cartopping.

The Peeler is intended for smaller outboards, 8hp to 15hp, and with clean lines it will be just the thing for crabbing, fishing, exploring, or just knocking around. The Peeler has a heavier fiberglass layup than the typical CLC rowing or sailing boat, to handle rugged use.
The doubled "sheer strake" or "wale" is another handsome feature, functioning to stiffen the rail and also help knock down spray. It features a wide beam, outboard well, stability at rest and can be customized to suit most set-ups.
The lower hull is designed to allow water to flow under the frames towards the rear of the vessel by using raised longitudinal battens. To get WoodenBoat delivered to your door or computer, mobile device of choice, etc, click WB Subscriptions. I build the Cheap Canoe this spring and it was a great experience but was to tippy for use with my two children under 6. I have been able to source BS1088 plywood locally, but still have to find who sells epoxy resin locally or the best place to order it from that ships to Alaska. The candlefish 13 looks good but concerned about the amount of material required and the method of build.
I have the Scott Bushman model and as stable as it is, I find it pretty narrow for operating the motor. We'll keep you apprised through the spring as we put Peeler #1 through sea trials, capsize-and-flooding trials, and of course lazy-Saturday-fishin' trials. Unlike most 14 footers, Banshee has 6 frames spaced at 2 feet and includes an optional bulkhead.

This winter I would like to build somthing that is cartop able, a tow vehicle is not in the budget, will fit on adult along with two children.
I know all boats are compromises, but the project will give me somthing to work on when winter hits with the little ones. The boat in the photos is a 16-foot a€?Prospector.a€? It has significant rocker which makes it very maneuverable and good in rough water. It would be used on the local lakes and rivers, and maybe in a pinch on saltwater or larger alaska rivers. If you can find something in wood that approximates that hull, it would be very stable for your family. Easily car-toppable it would be fine for most of the smaller interior lakes and would be fine on the Chena, as well. Our other stripper design is an 18-foot cruising boat with little rocker, which makes it faster and easier to control on flat water.
So the biggest danger on the rivers, besides the snags, are the jet boats that are going really fast. Altho small, I would think it would b well within your skill set and be big enough for an adult and two small kids.
The plans are free and while you save and plan for a larger boat for the future, you can be using this one.

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