The idea for the 1 Wedge1 Sheet Wedge came from my desire for a simple, low cost, yet useful small portable hull design. It includes an ample beam and freeboard, decent volume, seating for one, and optional safety buoyancy. It is sturdy, easy to build, very portable and utilizes paddle, oar or a standard trolling motor power.
To have strength and yet be lightweight, the plans use some non-traditional methods of assembly, specifically the "Tape & Glue 2" construction process developed and incorporated by the designer. This provides a durable, yet truly portable, finished boat, and the building process is easily mastered by the home handyman and amateur boat builder. As a result, only hand tools, a jig-saw, a power drill and a large carpenters square, scissors, and tape measure are all that will be required throughout the assembly process.
Be selective in your choice of materials. Use plywood that is preferably exterior rated. Marine Plywood is very expensive, so the use of ACX Grade is recommended, but be choosy. It is important to note, the final choice of materials is the decision of the builder. We have made specific recommendations, but if the builder has previous experience with different methods and materials, that is their choice, and we respect that decision.
Certainly, minor changes in design are encouraged, to provide a 'custom' boat to satisfy a builders specific needs. We do not make changes to the drawings. This would be up to the individual builder, and their responsibility. Also, it is very important that none of the basic design parameters be drastically modified, as this may adversely affect overall boat safety or performance.
Seating choice is also up to the builder. I have folding seat plansavailable for free on the website. It should also be noted that the hull modules can be glued and screwed together, for those that do not have limitations of storage or transportation.
The hull is constructed using 1/4" plywood, for greater durability, but the exterior could also be fiberglassed,
allowing yet thinner and lighter (4 mm) plywood hull building material.
Any questions or comments regarding the construction and/or design of this project will be responded to in a timely fashion.
Note, these plans are hand drawn one line at a time, not CAD, and as such are prone to minor flaws.
Thank you for your interest, and for downloading these plans, and good luck with your project.
And don't forget to visit www.PortableBoatPlans.Com for new designs and updates.
Ken Simpson, Designer