duck boat plans consist of detailed step by step instructions with templates
for the nose pieces, main ribs, deck support ribs and decoy rails. My plans are
for a 14 foot double-ender (pointed on both ends). The construction is 1x and
2x lumber frame covered with 1/4" plywood then hand laid fiberglass. Width of
the boat is 46" with a profile of less than 12". The cockpit is 7í x 28" and is
9" deep. The weight of the boat will vary with the materials and how much
fiberglass you use. My boats will weigh in at 110-115 lb. Of course that is
before it has mud, shotgun shell hulls, and portions of several lunches
underneath the floorboard. A person with modest construction skills can build
this boat. The biggest stumbling block for some folks is the process of
applying the fiberglass. You do not have to be an expert to apply a functional
covering of fiberglass. A little practice will give you the techniques
necessary for a functional and adequate covering. It would be helpful if you
know someone who has some experience. If you donít, talk with someone that
works at a body shop. I purchase some of my supplies from a body shop. Along
with that purchase you can get a lot of expert advice.
11. Hand plane cockpit side deck support
cost for the boat will vary, but generally run between $350 and $450. The
fiberglass materials have a wide range of price. Polyester resin may be
$40/gal, but can be found for around $25/gal. or less. Epoxy resin is $60
to $90/gal. Some folks are interested in using a motor on their boat.
Personally, I prefer to pole, but if I were in a situation where I had to pole
long distances or cross a large expanse of deep water I would modify my
design. Several people have modified my plans to a square stern boat; it
is not hard. I have also built smaller boats in an effort to reduce
weight. The small boats were lighter at 85 lbs., but they didn't pole as
well, were not as stable, didn't have the load capacity and drafted deeper than
the 14 ft. double enders. I decided to stay with the 14 ft. design and
modify a trailer to handle the heavier boat (see trailer page).
Plans can be ordered from:
KARA Enterprises, 310 W. 8th St., Carrollton MO 64633.
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