Plans to build the 11' Mission Bay Ultralight Boat
Back in my commercial fishing days I worked on a Rock Cod boat out of Mission Bay in San Diego. One evening a Halibut boat pulled in behind us and four kids ranging in age from about 8 to about 15 ran out onto the docks to greet their older brother, an older teenager. After unloading, the five of them piled into a little flat bottomed skiff, and the older brother, standing up and facing forward, started rowing them across the bay at an amazing pace. With all five of those kids milling around and the oldest standing and rowing, that little ten footer was amazingly stable and maneuverable. Well it took me nearly thirty years, but here's my version of that versatile utility skiff.
I wanted a stable little fishing boat able to handle two or three adults, cartoppable with ease, and able to handle a small outboard or oars. The modern stitch-and-glue construction means this boat is substantially lighter than the old framed ply skiff I first saw in Mission Bay. All it takes is three sheets of 1/4 Lauan mahogany ply, a sheet of 1/2" Lauan (actually 7/16ths) ply, and a couple of moldings to build the Mission Bay. All are available at any warehouse home center you find just about everywhere in the US.
Free Construction Photo Essay for the Mission Bay Ultralight Stitch and Glue Boat
I also have put together this construction photo essay for the Mission Bay. Have a look at the pictures of one being built and you can gain a better understanding of how you can do it too. Just download the free pdf format e-book by clicking on the image below.
Free Study Plans for the Mission Bay 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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