Boatbuilding Tips and Tricks

I've been compiling this blog of boatbuilding tips and tricks, plus launchings and in-progress boatbuilding projects for over five years now. The vast majority of the questions I receive by email have already been asked by someone else, so if you take the time to read through the archives, you'll probably run across many the questions you may already have plus find answers to questions you haven't thought of yet. You also get a chance to look through many of the projects that others are building. I try to include as many of the photos I receive from builders as well, some from facebook pages.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Splash Wells for Spira Boats

If you use your boat in the ocean or on choppy water a lot, it's probably a good idea to build in a splash well for the outboard notch in the transom. These direct any water that comes over the transom back into the water instead of it going into the bilge. My offshore Pacific Dories have these wells designed in but most of teh smaller boats do not include that in the design. Nonetheless, they're easy to construct and are appropriate for any sized boat. Here's the drawing included in the 27' Sitka plans. Tis can be shrunk down using the same stock sizes as the frames are built of for just about any of my ply-on-frame boats:

Sitka Splash Well Drawing

Using this technique builders have added splash wells to just about all of my ply on frame boats. The space on either side is handy for mounting batteries, bilge pumps and fuel tanks as well. Here's what some look like after they're installed.

homebuilt boat splashwell design

wooden boat splash well design

wood boat splash well design

building a splash well for outboard motor

Hope this encourages you to try one out on your own build.

- Jeff

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