You would love to have a small boat of your own, but even a small boat can be expensive. Have you thought of making your own boat? If you are willing to do the work yourself, you can save money and be confident knowing exactly how the boat was made. Many people are concerned that building a boat is much too difficult to tackle or that it will be too time-consuming. If you start small, however, you may find those fears unfounded.
If you want to achieve your most desired results, realize that one of the most important decisions you will make will be about the materials you use. If you want a high-quality boat, you have to start with the same fine materials you would use in the manufacture of a FULL-sized boat.
For best results, find a guide that will walk you through each necessary step to build a small boat when you are ready to plan. A great place to find boat guides is ... you guessed it, the Internet! From free plans to downloadable libraries, you’re sure to find the right boat plan for you. Realize that a project such as this will take up a large chunk of time. Do not think that you’ll be able to finish it in one week unless it is a model boat! Determine if you will have enough free time to work on your boat before you begin. This is essential for your peace of mind.
Choosing which construction method to use is also crucial. If you are a novice, plywood boat-building methods such as stitch-and-glue may be best to start with. If you are looking for more of a challenge, a conventional wooden plank model may be just the thing. From there, you will need to choose which type of craft to apply the construction method to and the waters the boat will be used on.
For example, a Jon boat makes a good fishing vessel. If you would like a boat less than 10 feet in size that you will use in calm waters near the shoreline, a dinghy may be just the right boat for you. As a bonus, once you have mastered building small boats, you will be able to apply your knowledge towards building larger boats. In time, your small-boat passion may grow into a large hobby to enjoy for many years to come.
Watch this video to see how quick and easy it is to build a boat from quality boat plans.