Just a week later, it’s time to roll her over.


One man, a few straps, and a half hour, and she’s wanting the frames put in.


Again using low cost and readily available 2×8 fir lumber, cut frames to the dimensions and angles in the plans. It really is so simple that anyone can do it, even if you built a birdhouse once that was condemned by your local housing authority.

16 feet of spruce on each side stiffens the boat up and puts you at a real stopping point while clamps and glue do their jobs.


No, there’s no maximum number of clamps one person can own. Don’t even ask.

Get all the corners smoothed up, all the putty filled, then get out the primer.

Bolger has nothing on these skiffs for their instant construction.

So do you pay extra money for new paint for the boat, or do you rummage around in the paint locker and see what colors happen to be present? Yeah, I’m cheap. Of course you might see where the colors came from.

I suppose I do lack some originality sometimes, but my wallet doesn’t seem to upset about it.

The plans have dimensions for the console specified. I, being brilliant in my own mind, opt for a smaller console in footprint, but the same height. This boat needs big walkaround areas as it is going to be a full time work boat, with occasional fishing duty. Using leftover MDO scraps, a simple box is built.


The small amount of storage provided is remarkably useful.

Glue and screw it to the boat over the frame and into the bottom. Then a little paint, bugger in a hole for the steering system, and who’s looking all boaty and such?

Her good looks belie the simple construction.

Of course you have no idea how big this boat is for her length. Really, seriously, if you are considering it for a build, it’s the biggest 16 footer I’ve ever been in.

3 weeks after the wood comes off the truck:

And the only photo of a boat that matters?

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