Boats

Livingston boat ramps and dolly

June 11, 2020

Not long ago I acquired a free 9 foot 160 pound double hull fiberglass Livingston boat. Unfortunately (or fortunately) it came without a trailer or wheels to move it around once on land. My truck has an 8 foot bed, and after taking some measurements I realized the boat could fit in the bed. The boat…

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Mini Catamaran II

March 22, 2020

This was me tweeting the original Mini Catamaran. I decided to have the motor in the rear figuring the prop wash would pass by the ends of the pontoons hence giving me more responsive steering. But instead of facing forward, which adds complexity to the steering and throttle, I decided to face sideways similar to…

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Coro Mini Catamaran

February 12, 2020

  I wanted to see what a 4ft by 8ft sheet of fluted plastic would look like folded origami style into a water tight pontoon for a Catamaran boat. After making a paper model I calculated the sq. ft. interior space to determine the waterline loaded with 200 pounds. I wasn’t too pleased with the…

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Coro Speed Boat II

January 9, 2020

This was the first of my gas powered fluted plastic boats. I called it the Speed Boat. PVC was used for the Gunwales, but this proved to be a poor choice to secure an upper decking. Also the light weight 1.2 HP Gamefisher motor was used. The fluted plastic was folded for the transom, creating…

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Fin propulsion boat

April 12, 2019

There was this small boat I saw on the internet called the Thistle that was fin propelled. I thought I’d try to come up with a low tech version of the boat. I opted to have the foot powered with the pilot sitting backwards. I thought this would be a great position for fishing. The…

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Coro Kayak

April 11, 2019

For PDF plans, click here! The Coro Kayak is made with one sheet of 4mm thick fluted plastic. Releasable zip ties are used to make this a foldable boat. The seat is Made with extra material. Once the seat is attached to the hull it acts like a bulkhead keeping the sides from coming inward.…

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Coro box boat

April 11, 2019

For PDF plans, click here! The Coro box boat was a design that created more buoyancy than my first ‘V’ hull motor boat, the Coro Speed boat. At first the steering mimicked the Speed boat but then it went thru an evolution. On the next version a front storage area was included. A ‘V’ bar…

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Coro speed boat

April 11, 2019

For PDF plans, click here! The Speed boat is basically a 4×8 ft sheet of 6mm Coroplast, better known as fluted plastic. The boat folds are similar to a Chinese to-go food box except the fluids are kept outside instead of inside. Because of these folds, all that’s needed to keep the structure together are…

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Lil Dipper paddle boat

April 11, 2019

    Unlike the 6mm thick hulls of Sparky, the Speed Boat or the Box Boat, The Lil Dipper was made using more common 4mm fluted plastic. I installed grooved (tables saw) inexpensive 1×2″ pine boards along the edges to fortify the hull. Others were added to support the mast and to act as foot supports.…

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Little miss Sally electric boat

April 11, 2019

For PDF plans, click here! This is Liberty, the first wood boat I designed and made. The sides and bulkheads are Made of pine boards. The deck and bottom from one sheet of 1/4″ marine plywood. It started as a kayak, then a spinnaker sail and rudder was added, and finally a small electric trolling…

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