Fast lightweight plywood boat

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A fast lightweight wooden boat. Quick to build and get on the water and easy to carry on roof racks.  A 6hp outboard motor gave a top speed of 20 knots with 2 adults onboard.

Building the hull

This hull was built over a frame. The plywood was scarfed together first then cut and brought together around the frame. There was quite a bit of “torturing” to get the ply into shape but the final product was a tight and rigid hull with a nice form.

Plywood hull

First weeks in the water

I couldn’t wait to get her in the water!  I stuck the rego numbers straight on to the epoxy and after a quick trial with a 3hp motor I  decided to buy a 6hp Mercury twin cylinder 2 stroke. It suited the boat perfectly in weight and power, it was so smooth and so quick.

In the water

Here she is up in the everglades at the top end of the Noosa river a really beautiful place.  With 3 adults onboard and a full esky and safety gear she still climbed easily on to the plane.

Boat in 2 weeks - in the river

Under the bonnet

This boat had a lot more beam than the boat in 1-month that I later built with my son. This made also for a lot of room under the bonnet and tons of room inside. The white paint really made a difference to the look and feel of the boat too.

DIY plywood boat

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