How to Build a Boat

There’s nothing like a weekend of fishing in your own boat. So, you have the money, you have the time, but you don’t know where to start? The following instructions will show you how.

Materials and Design

When building a boat, it is important to consider the strength of the materials you will use. Stock up on strong, lightweight materials for your boat. You must come up with a design that is compatible with your materials.

Steps to Build a Boat

  1. When you are ready to build, start by sawing out the molds and nailing them to a plank. The molds are just guides to help you shape the boat. Thus, nothing should be nailed to them permanently.
  2. Tack the sideboards onto the molds. You have to bring them to a point at the fore end.
  3. Put in the middle bottom board and the stern board. Shave off the sideboards with a plane so that the bottom boards will lay on them flat. Take care when cutting out the measurements of the stern as wood cannot be reshaped. Merely gluing them together will weaken the whole frame.
  4. Attach the sideboards to the stern piece. At this stage, you should start to see how the boat will look like.
  5. You can now put in the ribs and the floor timber.
  6. You will also have to nail a long cleat to the ribs to make a seat riser. Place the seats on the decking at the fore end of the boat.
  7. Put in the blocks for the oarlocks. This will be the mounts for your oars.
  8. At this point, you should be able to attach the keel. Take a look at the bottom part and nail a hard board to the contours of your boat. This will help to protect the frame from sliding along a sandy bottom or scraping against a creek bed in shallow water.
  9. Paint your boat with bright colors so that you will be easy to spot in case of emergencies.