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Timbamford Wellington NZ

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This is probably the easiest boat to build in the whole web site and it's not the smallest one. If you ever thought of buying one of the aluminum utility boats sold by department stores, build this one instead. She will cost you less, look better and you can customize her easily to fit your preferences. She is designed for rowing and outboards up to 5 hp but a small 1.5 hp outboard will move her at hull speed. Plans for a larger version of this boat, 14' 6" LOA, are available: see the FL14.

The FL12 is a new version of our FL11. The FL11 plans were chosen by schools and youth organizations all over the world to introduce young people to boat building and boating in general. Thousands of FL11 were built. The FL12 differs slightly from the FL11. While the FL11 has always been a very easy boat to build, we found ways to make construction easier and improve the looks of the boat. The FL12 hull shape is almost identical to the FL11 but the assembly is now faster and easier. The butt blocks are completely hidden and we eliminated the upper part of the frames for a cleaner look. A prototype was built to test the new assembly method. Pictures were taken and this new HowTo file shows every step of the construction, from reading the blueprints to the final coats of paint..

Builder threads on our forum:

mickmac 9 pages, missing pictures
NW Trout 8 pages, missing some pictures
dewers 5 pages
mguel 5 pages, pictures
PrometheusNL 5 pages, pictures (model build included)
JBing 4 pages, pictures
enolja 4 pages, pictures
Trebuchet 4 pages, pictures
jay808 3 pages, pictures
JamesT 3 pages, pictures
dbldipper1 2 pages, pictures
JBing 2 pages, pictures
pblas 2 pages, gallery links
mchain 1 page, pictures
mattyg123 1 page, pictures

Specifications:
LOA: 11' 7 " 3,53 m
Max. Beam: 4' 1,20 m
Max. HP: 5 HP outboard
Designed weight: 95 lbs. 43 kg
Material: Stitch & Glue .

Building method:
This boat is built from flat plywood panels assembled with epoxy-fiberglass tape. The construction method is called "stitch and glue". For a detailed description of the stitch and glue boat building method, see our "How To" section where you will find a complete illustrated tutorial as well as information about epoxy, fiberglass and plywood.

Required Skills:
The FL12 skiff is very easy and fast to build, there are no plywood scarfs, we use simple butt blocks. The sides are cut from standard sheets of plywood.

No woodworking skills or special tools are required.

Options:
Except for the buoyancy foam, there are no options for the FL12 but many builders have customized her to fit their needs.

 

Bill Of Materials:
(Excerpts from our BOM)
The BOM list materials based on our standard layout and includes a 15% waste factor for resin and fiberglass. For plywood, we use standard sheets 4' x 8' (122 x 244 cm). Please read the building notes and see the plans for detailed specifications.
This boat can be built from inexpensive exterior plywood since it is completely coated with epoxy resin.

Plywood 4x8' (122x244cm)
1/4" (6mm) 2  
3/8" (9mm) 2  
Fiberglass (totals)
Woven tape 50 yards 45 m
Resin
Epoxy, total 1.5 gallons 6 liters

We offer an epoxy fiberglass kit with free shipping in the US. Our kit cost less than the same supplies bought locally. See the main page, top left panel.

Labor:
The average construction time for the hull is 20 hours.

More:
Visit our message board, help pages, tutorial pages and read our FAQ: most questions are answered there.

Plans packing List:

Printed plans:

  • 6 Detailed drawings, large scale with all dimensions required to cut the sides, bottom and the bulkheads from flat plywood sheets: no lofting, no templates required.
  • Drawing List:
  • B96_1 Plan & Profile
  • B96_2 Nesting
  • B96_3 Construction
  • D96_4 Stations
  • D96_5 Expanded Plates
  • D96_5 Full Size Patterns - Side Panels
  • D96_5 Full Size Patterns - Frames
  • B225_c Seat Lockers
  • The building notes for this boat cover 55 pages! They must be donwloaded for a link listed on the plans. The notes can also be seen at our technical support web site bateau2.com.
  • A Bill Of Materials.
  • Help files reference list and more.

Instant Download plans:

Same drawings but formatted to fit on letter size paper in PDF.
Full size patterns are included as PDF file to be printed on paper size A1.
A1 is an architectural standard paper size 594 by 841 mm (23.4 x 33.1"). That paper size conforms to ISO 216, an international standard.
The Full Size patterns files must be printed at that exact size, no margin. The printer should allow the PDF file to set the size.
Each drawing is marked with control dimensions in inches and metric.

Read more information about our plans packages here.

Reviews:

Timbamford Wellington NZ

Stoked to splash 'little blue' in the weekend. Got dark before we had the chance to put a little (3hp) outboard on the back but she rowed great! Good work Jacques - this seems like a great little boat with nice lines!

vk7hch Kingston Beach Australia.

My 13yr old daughter and I finally got the boat finished, just in time for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival held in Hobart Tasmania. For her maiden run, she was powered by a British Seagull 40+, she was loaded with another British Seagull, a WC 102 model to be displayed at the festival, fuel, safety equipment, supplies for the day, my helper and his supplies. She rode in the slight chop as straight as an arrow, responded faithfully to the tiller and was a pleasure to drive. During the festival we made many circuits of both the inner dock, the outer dock and even at one stage headed outside to have a look at the larger historic sail ships. Not once was I worried about stability, even today with quite a strong wind blown chop, enough to keep the kayaks and smaller row boats inside the breakwater. We headed outside, cut power to idle and still performed a safe and stable full 360 degree turn with water splashing up the sides and into the boat. Just testing! I love the boat, and proudly tell everyone who asks where the design came from and about the website.

Digital Download information There will be a download link on our thank you page. If you need to re-download the plans, you will also receive a link in the confirmation of your order, accessible for five days. If you need access to the file after that time, please contact us, and we will send you the plans by e-mail.
click this link for further info.

Reviews:

Timbamford Wellington NZ

Stoked to splash 'little blue' in the weekend. Got dark before we had the chance to put a little (3hp) outboard on the back but she rowed great! Good work Jacques - this seems like a great little boat with nice lines!

vk7hch Kingston Beach Australia.

My 13yr old daughter and I finally got the boat finished, just in time for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival held in Hobart Tasmania. For her maiden run, she was powered by a British Seagull 40+, she was loaded with another British Seagull, a WC 102 model to be displayed at the festival, fuel, safety equipment, supplies for the day, my helper and his supplies. She rode in the slight chop as straight as an arrow, responded faithfully to the tiller and was a pleasure to drive. During the festival we made many circuits of both the inner dock, the outer dock and even at one stage headed outside to have a look at the larger historic sail ships. Not once was I worried about stability, even today with quite a strong wind blown chop, enough to keep the kayaks and smaller row boats inside the breakwater. We headed outside, cut power to idle and still performed a safe and stable full 360 degree turn with water splashing up the sides and into the boat. Just testing! I love the boat, and proudly tell everyone who asks where the design came from and about the website.

Supplies:
All supplies to build this boat are available from our online stores :: epoxy/glass/paint and more :: plywood


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