Plans to build the 14' Minuteman Ultralight Boat
The Minuteman is a 5 plank bateau dory of the type originated in colonial times in New England. Back in those days there was no plywood so the 5 plank bateau offered a moderate beam in a boat with the available lumber and the fewest number of joints, so the lowest probability of leaking. Bateaus were the standard boat of America in the Revolutionary war days. That famous painting of Washington crossing the Delaware river should probably have shown him in a bateau. Bateau is simply French for "boat". The modern 5 plank bateau is easily built of plywood by the stitch and glue construction method. You can row it or tack on a mini gasoline or electric trolling motor.
Free Study Plans for the Minuteman Ultralight Boat
Our study plans are two of the actual construction drawings. They're not enough information for you to build the boat, but they do give you the overall boat size, shape and construction methods. This is a pdf file readable with the free Adobe Acrobat pdf file reader.
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About Ultralight Stitch and Glue Boats
The Stitch and Glue boat construction technique, evolving over past thirty years or so, was simultaneously developed by a number of innovative boat designers. The technique resulted in simple, easily built boats with beautifully sweeping lines and light, tough construction. These plans include all dimensions for all parts of the boat and easy to follow instructions for assembling the parts. These boats go together without any jigs or fixtures, so anyone can build one in your garage or back yard. Many are little more than a dozen to twenty hours of work.
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