The first thing you need to decide is whether you want a planing or displacement type hull. Depends on the size and structure of the lakes you fish in and how you'll haul the boat around.
For large lakes and small bays I think the carvel Poulsbo Boat is the best design ever made. Both the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle and the and the NW Maritime Heritage Center in Port Townsend have plans. Or for simple and inexpensive you can build a simple flatiron or sharpie skiff like the one on the right my family used to build 6 at a time for fishing camps.
This rugged and able outboard-powered dory combines beauty with practicality and is easy to build.Designed by David RobertsLOA - 16'Beam - 5' 7"Draft - 6"Displ. This construction sequence starts with building the ladder frame, on which we will set up the molds, transom, and stem.
Since this will be a lapstrake boat, we'll build it over molds and put the frames in after the boat is planked and right side up. After we installed the skegs and sternposts, we coated the bottoms with a mixture of epoxy resin and graphite powder. After we rolled the boats over, we installed frames, a center seat with flotation, a stern deck, two circular blocks to support pedestal seats, and finished the gun'l.


The boats will be oiled with Cetol on the interior and painted Forest Green on the exterior. We are located on the Snohomish River in the Pacific Northwest, about 20 miles north of Seattle. If that is the sort of boat you are looking to build, I call your attention to the Lowell Dory Skiff. If you only want to go 3-5 mph, then a displacement hull, such as the one in your last post, will be easier to build and row, and will be more stable for the overall size. If you want a boat that is reasonably fast under power ( say 9.9 hp or more) then a planing hull is the way to go. I have some Western Red Cedar left over from my last strip canoe and an old 5 hp Evenrude laying around. Since this is a small boat, we built the ladder frame on legs above a ladder frame for a larger boat. In that case, a 3 hp motor will propel the boat at virtually the same speed as a 10 hp, for reasons that are a little complicated to go into here.
Here we have the molds and stem clamped or screwed to the ladder frame, and the bottom plank installed on the setup. This specialized epoxy coating will make a very slick, durable, and rather scratchproof surface for skidding the boats up and down the beach.


This one will mount properly on the stern and be remote controlled by the pilot sitting in his swivel chair.
We were in a big rush to get these boats on the truck for delivery and weren't able to get finished photos. Notice that the grain and scarfs in the bottom planks run athwartships, meaning at 90° to the length of the boat. Fine entry and almost flat at the stern and short of the Great Lakes during the gales of November , fairly seaworthy.
We did that to make the bottom stiff enough to walk around on even though it will have no bottom frames. A lot of the other boat plan companies sell designs that are obsolete by today's standards. I should also mention that building your own boat allows you the opprotunity to do some pretty neat things with the interior such as building in a live well, adding amenities like specialized lockers for fishing gear, customised seating ,Etc. There are hundreds of plans available for the home builder, its just a matter of finding one that suites your budget and building skills.



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