Q How long will it take me to build my own boat?
A Skill levels and wood working experience vary so much that it is difficult to give an accurate estimate of how long it will take to complete. I would suggest that to do a very good job allow 1 day a week for 5-6 months or full-time for 4-5 weeks.
Q What is included in the kit?
A All the plywood parts you need are in the kit, but nothing else. You will need to buy hardwood, epoxy, glass cloth, fittings, etc
Q Can I buy the Instruction Manual before I buy a kit?
A Yes, it is a good idea to buy the manual & drawing set and study them thoroughly before deciding whether to buy a kit or set of patterns. After reading the manual you will know exactly what is involved. For this reason the manual is offered at a very competitive price.
Q What happens if I get stuck halfway through the project or I can’t understand the instructions, what help is available?
A Technical support for boat building is available free of charge to everyone who purchases one of my sets of plans, patterns or kits. Either email or phone me if you need advice. I want you to be happy with your boat so don’t hesitate to contact me if you need help.
Q How much space do I need to build this boat design?
A I suggest a minimum of 2.4m (8ft) x 4m (12ft) for the build area plus space for a workbench and material storage. A single garage 2.4m (8ft) x 5m (16ft) would be ideal.
Q Where can I buy my materials from?
A Most yacht chandlers are a good starting point for epoxy, glass cloth, fillers, paint, consumables and fittings and many of them provide an on-line service. Plywood can be bought from Robbins timber in Bristol, UK.
Q What length oars should I use?
A I suggest a set of oars 2.1m (6′ 10″) long as ideal. You could use shorter oars, but don’t go any shorter than 1.8m (6′).
Q I have a 4hp outboard, can I use that?
A No it will be too powerful, too heavy and is likely to over power the boat, possibly causing a capsize. Even a 2.5hp outboard is a lot of engine for such a small boat and will require careful handling, so don’t go any larger than 2.5hp.