Building your own boat from a kit or plans is a satisfying and enjoyable process. You will have a clear understanding of how the boat is constructed, and easily be able to make repairs if needed.
Another significant benefit is cost. By building from plans or kit you can substantially reduce the cost of owning a quality boat. The cost of a kit boat is approximately 25-50% of a fully-manufactured boat.
Mahogany Ply/Epoxy construction is actually one of the highest quality methods for building a boat. The sandwich of resin, glass mat, and marine mahogany ply is durable, stiff, and lighter than most types of composite construction. It is not a common commercial process because it is more labour intensive than composite construction or roto-molding.
You don’t need to be a carpenter or have special skills to build these boats. Anyone who is practical, has a basic grasp of hand tools and is able to follow instructions can build one of our boats. We provide step-by-step instructions to guide you through the process.
Most of the boats can be built in the space of a single-car garage, and only basic tools are required including a hand plane, drill, hand saw, tape measure, and C-clamps.
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