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Designing and building a simple row boat or motor boat
A small boat/dingy that can be carried on top of a car that has many
uses including fishing, going to a mooring, to name just a few.

By Frank X. Didik, May, 2010

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  When first setting out to design and build any project, I have several things in mind including how to build it as easy as possible, how to make it as safe and effective as possible, and a realistic view of the cost of construction. Most projects, can be built better or faster or cheaper or look better, but there is a time-benefit factor that also has to be taken into consideration.

  In the case of this boat, I started with two 4'x8' (1.25x2.6 meters) sheets of marine grade plywood, one being 3/4" (2cm) thick and the other being 1/4" (.8cm) thick. I also had two cans of marine grade paint and several fixtures to assist in tying up the boat to a dock or for the boat to be towed. Most of the photographs are self explanatory.

  In this case, I wanted to bottom to be made of 1/4"/.8cm thick clear polycarbonate plastic such as Lexan or similar. Clear polycarbonate plastic is very strong and impact resistant, when compared to plain Plexiglass, though as with almost all plastics, the UV from the sun does have an effect, over time, on the plastic. However when I could not find a quick source of the polycarbonate material, I decided to simply use the 1/4" marine grade plywood.

Not shown: for added stability, 4 strips of 3/4" (2cm) painted wood were added that ran from front to back.

  The construction was in fact, very quick with the longest process being the time that it took for the paint and sealants to dry. The entire construction took only 3 days, working a few hours per day.

 

 

 

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Specifications

Weight: 120lbs/50kg without the engine.
Width: 4'/1.3meters
Length: 7'/2.1 meters
Total construction cost (without engine): About $120

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