How to Build a Simple Outboard Boat
These plans are for a small 12 foot wooden boat to be fitted with an outboard motor. The boat is a v-hull design, which will handle waves better than a flat bottom.
From the article:
If you want a lightweight utility boat with a nice turn of speed and easy handling, build the "Banta". A boat like this has a lot to recommend it -- simple, inexpensive construction, a one-man weight of less than 150 pounds, practically leakproof -- she's a smooth, easy sailor on any man's river. Good enough for rough water, too. The v-bottom of the "Banta" makes her a much better rough-water boat that conventional flat-bottom plywood construction. She'll ride 'em!
Banta is built upside
down on a level surface, the most convenient
method of working being to make a building
platform, as shown in the drawing.
Planking for Banta is 1/4-in.
fir plywood of the waterproof, resin-bonded
type. Two standard 4 by 12-ft. sheets
are required. One sheet will make the two
side planks, while the other sheet will cut
the two bottom planks and the deck. The
side planks are applied first. Fitting is
quite simple since the half sheet of plywood
can be bent to the frames and held
with clamps while the shape is being
marked with a pencil. The planks are cut
off square at the stem and will provide a
flat of about 3/4 in. on which to land the
outer stem piece. The bottom planks butt
together at the keel and extend over the
side planks. All fitting should be done dry,
after which the permanent assembly can
be made with cold resin glue.
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