Small Fishing Boat build advice

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Small Fishing Boat build advice

Post by Zzaya » Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:07 am

Hello, this is my first boat, boat build and my first thread. I am looking to build a fishing boat out of plywood or other easy to use material. I have a few questions that i have foreseen but I would appreciate the insight of you guys. I am not going to spend tons of money one this boat but not super cheap maybe 300 for wood total of maybe 5-600(not including motor). i would be fishing two people in electric only lakes and other calm waters.

How long should it be and how wide and what should the depth be? Trailers?

What motors should I need and use or just row it?

How to keep it from flexing to much?

Nails or screws and what glue to stop it from leaking?

What design? I am thinking essentially a box?

How to put seats in?

How to keep it going straight and not spinning?

Anything else a beginner would not think of when building a boat.

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Re: Small Fishing Boat build advice

Post by BentRod » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:16 am

Quadfather from this site built a wooden pram a number of years ago. Here is a link to his thread. He's still around, so you can reach out to him as well.


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Re: Small Fishing Boat build advice

Post by The Quadfather » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:53 am

I’m no expert, but as BentRod said, I’ve been down this path. Send me an email @

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