The idea for the LONGBOAT came from a reader who wanted a simple yet useful portable hull design. It includes an ample beam, good freeboard, generous volume, seating for two, and safety buoyancy. It is sturdy, easy to build, quite portable and utilizes a standard trolling or small gas motor.
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.
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Be selective in your choice of materials. Use plywood that is at least 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 listed bench seats, which are movable and easy to make. 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 will be constructed using 1/4” plywood, for greater durability, and the exterior could also be fiberglassed, providing even greater strength and durability. Builders choice.
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Ken Simpson, Designer