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1 SHEET +  is an attempt to make a nice looking, good performing small boat out of a single sheet of plywood. The 4 + CORO-HULLS, is a combination of four different, but similar, plastic-hull designs constructed of 1 sheet of 4 MM COROPLAST material. COMPOSITE CRUISER - The primary purpose of this design was to build a small pram style boat that was ultra-lightweight, easy and inexpensive to build, was unsinkable, and used Coroplast plastic as the hull material. DUET Utility Boat - A two module transportable that has the capacity to hold a small family. EXPLORER 2 - Is a simple to build, 2 module portable boat, ideal for cruising small lakes, ponds and tributaries. FOAM BOAT -  A single occupant, two module nesting design that is constructed of 1 inch polyfoam sheets, and reinforced with fiberglass cloth. KAYAK+ - This was designed as a dual function boat that would be easy to paddle, and also be trolling motor powered. MINI-CAT -  This is a small twin-hull platform boat design, which was the Design Contest Winner for 2012. MPDR - MODULAR PD RACER was designed for those that want the PDR experience, but prefer not to trailer it.
POD-2  (Paddle On Demand) - This is a redesign of a very popular boat, expressly intended for the younger generation.
RIVER ROVER - This is a new boat, specifically designed for shallow water use, and can be constructed in different lengths and widths. TOTER DUCKBOAT -  Developed per a customer request for a duckboat that was hunting dog friendly.
A Marinekart Portable Lightweight Boat is a great solution to having some low maintenance fun on the water.
EZ CANOE is a 3 part canoe-like boat that paddles easily and nests to only 4' x 27" x 16" high.  Fits in most cars ! The concept for the 'EZ Canoe' was quite simple, and in line with other portable boats I have designed and built. This is the first boat I have designed and built that will not use an electric motor for propulsion. The construction method is a little unorthodox, however, and may require that the builder experiment with the 'Tape & Glue' process prior to actually starting construction.
This was a fun and challenging project for me, as I wanted to complete it in a short period of time, as the summer heat of Arizona was fast approaching (it's now 110F outside as I type this). The plans includes drawings, text and pictures outlining the complete assembly process, with hints and tips to assist the amateur boatbuilder, as well as the professional. For all those that purchased the Mini CAMPER-CRUISER Plans, there is  an Extended version plan available for free. Well, after less than 2 months of construction, the Pollywog has successfully completed it's maiden voyage. Some of the thought that has gone into this design is represented as 'Notes' in the body of the assembly manual, which I am attaching.
As you can see, much thought and consideration has gone into the creation of the Pollywog, so named after the small Amphibian that morphs into a Toad.
I am sure readers will be intrigued by the concept, which is an outgrowth of the Toter series of designs, this being the largest to date. Plans for the Pollywog are available now, and include many construction photos, as well as maiden voyage photos. The plans detail the SKIFF design (shown), the most complicated, but also apply to the a few others; Pram, Kayak, Jon Boat and Canoe as well.
Just a few simple steps from vehicle to water, then the easy part begins, safely cruising around your favorite water spot. The result is a 30 pound craft that is easy to transport and easy to paddle, and literally sits on top of the water. It folds in half, to a 4 foot length, a 28 inch width and a 2 inch thickness, so that it will fit in any vehicle for transport.
It can be constructed in one of two sizes, one only 9" high, strictly as a kayak, the other 12" for motoring, both with buoyancy compartments for safety.


Built lightweight, it can be transported by all trucks, vans, suv's and some hatch backs, and even a bicycle !  Stand up steady, it will make a great weekender for the sole hunter and fisherman, or woman. A boat with a capacity of 750 pounds on the water, converts to a 7 foot camper with accommodations for 2 adults.
This 3 module nesting version holds true to the hull design criteria, while providing a shorter length for transport and storage. It's forerunner wedge hull design is widest at the stern, where the heaviest load is placed. The unique aspect of the design is the foldable mast and boom, which all fits in the hull for transport. The two modules fold on top of each other for a transport size of 4' long, 3' wide and 2' high. With a mainsail and a jib, the boat is capable of some fun sailing, and it can accommodate 2 occupants. Based on the original Toter hull series, the inside aft of the hull was lowered to almost water level to allow the dog easy exit and entry of the boat.
You can think of these Marinekart Portable Lightweight Boats as Go-Karts since they weigh roughly only 120 pounds. After seeing people at local waterways cartopping canoes and kayaks, and struggling to get them off the vehicles and into the water singlehanded, prompted me to design a replacement, and the 'EZ Canoe' idea was born. This is similar to the stitch and glue method used by other boatbuilders, but without the stitches or epoxy.
The center hull section (occupant compartment) has a sealed hollow floor for added buoyancy. Construction took a little less than a month, but only because I had other projects around the house that kept interrupting construction time. As you know, I built this boat as somewhat of a universal, transportable, do-it-all kind of craft.
This 2 part nesting boat can sit atop the deck of a larger ship, consuming less than 20 square feet of space. The sailing option is in the construction phase, the centerboard slot already incorporated in the build, as the photos will show.
Plans for the sailing components, mast, boom, rudder, centerboard and sail, will be offered later as an option, when sea trials are complete. The boat is stable, and one can actually stand and walk around, albeit in a very small space. It was a fun and interesting project, and I look forward to the sail rig to be completed so that I can enjoy the gentle breezes that pass through here in the summer months. Easy to build and assemble at the water, it fits in all trucks and suv's, no trailer required. This is the third generation of the "wedge" hull shape design, and it incorporates the previous builders suggestions for greater freeboard, dry storage and a sail rig option. The single occupant hull is 8' long, with an additional center module it will seat two, and is 11' feet long.
Ideally suited to the novice sailor, it features many options, from foot steering and boom-less sail, to a unique method of keeping the hull erect in heavy winds. Approved by Shorty Routh, the PDR originator, the modular version has good interior room and can accept all PDR options, and it is class legal to race. Capable of accommodating 2 adults, it makes a great hunting or fishing boat, to get into those hard to reach areas.
All the attributes of the Toter 2 are enhanced with the sail rig, making the boat a true multi-tasker. The low weight make them easy to transport and you can get up to speeds over 20 mph thanks to the 6 hp outboard engine that attaches quickly to the bod and offers easy maneuverability. Weather conditions, heat and humidity, will affect the process application and curing times. The wood construction provides built-in hull flotation, and optionl, sealed, end compatments would further add to the overall buoyancy. Yet, morphed to 9 feet in length, it can transport 3 people, plus gear, to distant places with security provided by the built-in buoyancy and ample freeboard. Sail area should be approximately 40 square feet, supplying adequate power to the craft, but keeping within the easy-to-handle and safety requirement that the design embodies.


Costing about $100 to construct, and capable of a 6 foot 190 pound occupant, it can be many things to many people. With a 500 pound capacity and ample storage, it also makes a great fishing boat or tender, easily handled by a single person. Rugged yet lightweight, the Easy One makes a great utility boat, and with an added center module, can seat two in comfort. The hull design is unique for a boat this size, and utilizes my "skin on foam" construction process. But, the biggest new feature is the redesigned aft end that can now accept an optional trolling motor. It is also easy to paddle, and will accept a trolling motor for hours of leisurely cruising at 3 mph.
It gets it name from what it is: Simple-Inexpensive-Multipurpose-Portable-Lightweight-Easy to build. It also has built-in buoyancy, but still nests to store in less than 5 square feet of floor space. With built-in safety buoyancy and a short, wide sail, the boat is safe for almost anyone to operate. Then there's cool features like comfy eva cushion seating for up to four people, a removable waterproof bag, and a "unsinkable" sandwich build. The boat leaves virtually no wake, except for the paddle trail, and has proved to be quite effortless to paddle (or row if you so choose).
Other than that, everything is very straightforward, and a strong, lightweight boat is the end result. This is truly a workboat, weighing less than 100 pounds, that can go anywhere and do anything, and costing only about $250 to build. There is more than ample freeboard, which should dispel any fears that small boats can sometimes generate.
The built-in buoyancy and ample storage space, coupled with the optional sailing rig completes the design as a true multi-purpose boat. The boat, named after my Grandsons, is handsome, like them, and is easy to build from 2 sheets of plywood. With a cost of around $100 to build, plus accessories, it is a good boat for those just getting into the boat building hobby. Empty weight is about 130 pounds, plus gear, and it is easily fabricated with common shop tools. The sail is home made of white polytarp material, and should provide many seasons of enjoyment at very little cost. The 3 modules easily bolt together for fast assembly at the water, and the refined structure will provide years of service.
It's lightweight and 11 foot length provide good directional control, with ample storage area for whatever adventure you may have in mind. Construction options include gussets, additional decking and fiberglassing of the bottom, for use in harsher environments.
A boat built to the plans would balance even better, as a few dimensions were changed to move the CB slightly. Also available is a sail rig set of plans designed specifically for the Pollywog, see below. Just slip an end section into the dovetail guides of the center section, and twist the section clamps closed.
When he heads off, we watch him in the distance waving his arms around explaining to his wife and son. The rudder will be of a flip-up design, and the centerboard, which angles back 30 degrees, will be easily removable.
So good in fact, that I think that an XSCC (Extra Size Camper - Cruiser) would be really good.
Leave aft module the same length, as is already about the maximum easy weight for one person to flip over, but stretch forward module to 10’ long.



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