One of the things about flats boats is the wide variety of designs that are being built these days. Another alternative that some local guys have gone to is to look for one of those magnificent old Challenger hulls (the design was from the fifties, it was the first flats skiff) that can be purchased for very little, then completely re-done after being gutted out. The 15' boat I built wasn't a flats boat but you can estimate a rough cost from my materials. Where is that picture of the guy driving the upside down dining room table with the outboard attached when you need it??
I am repainting the boat right now, and I want to find a more elegant way to handle the problem. Another question , do you find that there is any problems with rigging the steering the way you have it? I know the way you have it is how everybody used to do it in the sixties, but then everybody switched to the tilt tube style. The topic comes up fairly regularly here, and one builder came up with a spectacular flats boat -- well worth a search.
Personally, I prefer frames but can't say I know anything about this type of boat or which might perform better. Bateau and Glen-L have many interesting designs, but I would usually choose a design based on the construction approach I used in my first boat above in post #4 .
Flat panel designs are much more reasonable in cost than complex curves in more sophisticated designs.
The flats flyer is a lot less work for sure and a lot less expense with good lines to the boat. Good advice above, you really need to analyze the type of fishing and the habitat you will be running in.
Most flats boats I have seen plans for are nice looking but not really functional for running and poling in shallow water. I have been asked by a friend if I could build him a wood (plywood) flats boat to be used for fishing here in SW Florida. A catamaran would be fine for a flats boat if it were designed for carrying a considerable load.


Not as quick to build as a skiff, but economical to run, can plane in six inches of water, and one would think that the wide stern would give enough stability to have a casting platform over it. Isn't there a photo of Blue Jacket floating in about an inch of water somewhere here on the Forum?
These boats are lightweight , narrow with good directional stability and meant to be poled from the stern.
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You can pretty much lay out the criteria you want and get a stitch and glue design that is extremely strong and will meet your needs. The main thing to consider is your area, really really shallow fishing and running, or open water running to the shallows when choosing flats boats. Then two gallons of epoxy, 20 square yards of fiberglass and two gallons of foam plus some additives like wood flour and microballons. If you want to do something that is not on the plans Jacques Mertens, the designer, will give you specific advise at his builder's forum. You might figure on doubling the foam since mine uses three air chambers and only two foam chambers.
Their stuff covers a lot of different construction styles while Bateau's stuff is all based on a single philosophy.
I assisted another build that the guy did sponsons added to the transom, which extended the boat and added additional storage space aft. For dimensional lumber I just used 4 nice pieces of 2x6x10 fir that I ripped and scarfed together for stingers and chine logs. It is a very strong, relatively lightweight hull that brings a certain amount of pride from having been designed and built in my garage.



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