specifications are approximate and subject to changes in function of the
mood of the designer and the skills of the builder...
C17 is a compact cruiser with a seaworthy classic style hull similar to
hull is based on our C19 design: generous volume, ample freeboard, well
defended bow. In proper hands, this boat can take bad weather safely.
The deadrise is 45 degrees at the cutwater progressing towards 11 degrees
at the transom. This an ideal hull shape that will run smoothly in bad
weather but moderate enough to provide good stability at slow speed without
the wild roll typical of deeper vee hulls.
boats transom is designed for a standard 20" shaft. The transom can
easily be modified to accept other shaft lengths.
cockpit is self bailing at DWL. The 8" wide gunwales and the coaming will
keep the crew dry and safe. The deep cockpit is not only safe but gives
that "big boat" feel particular to our Classic designs series. Despite
all that volume, the hull is surprisingly light and does not require large
engines to plane. The C17 is a very economical boat especially when fitted
with a 4 stroke outboard.
cabin roof is approximately 48" above the sole (height varies with camber).
This gives a safe unobstructed view from the wheel. The addition of a
canvas enclosure and windshield or even a hardtop shelter will provide
complete protection from the elements and standing headroom in the cockpit.
Dimensioned cabin layout is included in the plans.
construction is epoxy-fiberglass-plywood composite, a second-generation
stitch and glue system designed for efficient and fast building.
This building method combines the ease of stitch and glue (plywood-epoxy)
with the strength, lightweight, longevity and low maintenance of a high
tech composite hull.
The hull material is a fiberglass sandwich with a plywood core.
The builder assembles the hull as a plywood boat first, then build the
outside and inside fiberglass skins to produce a strong composite hull
without all the time consuming woodwork associated with plywood on frame.
We specify high performance directional glass and epoxy. While that type
of fiberglass cost a little bit more, we save on resin and weight.
The bottom panels are more than 3/8" thick: thicker and stronger than
the typical production fiberglass boat in that size.
internal framing is characteristic of a fiberglass or composite boat:
a monocoque structure made of interlocking bulkheads and stringers, tabbed
to the hull and fiberglass chines and keel.
the hull can be built without it, we strongly recommend building her upside
down on a simple jig.
Our jig system is very uncomplicated, self-aligning and economical since
we use the internal framing of the hull as molds. Our jig does not require
all the precautions, alignments or even a perfectly flat floor that are
a must for traditional boat building. See a complete hull building
all our stitch and glue boats, the C17 is easier to build than other plywood
or fiberglass boats. No woodworking skills or special tools are required.
The plans include all dimensions to cut all the hull parts flat on the
shop floor. No scarfing required. While she can be build as a first project,
some experience with our building methods will save time and materials.
If you have never build a boat, try our free canoe plans first.
of the reasons why our boats are easier to build is the level of details
on the plans. All the plywood parts, even the smallest ones are shown
with dimensions, including the assembly notches.
are many options to consider but the first one should be positive and
upright buoyancy (unsinkable boat).
This can easily be easily achieved with our marine flotation foam. For
production boats in that size, the USCG requires upright floatation.
foam kits provide 8 cubic feet of extra buoyancy per 2 gallon kit. This
means that 4 gallons of foam (2 kits) will provide around 1,000 lbs of
buoyancy and that is what we recommend.
plans include 3 different layouts to choose from.
The builder is given complete freedom to adapt the cockpit layout to his
preferences. The plans show all dimensions to build the boat with a wide
open cockpit and minimal framing or with benches, long or short. The cabin
bulkhead can be built with one or two consoles, with a closed or open
Of Materials: (Excerpts
from our BOM)
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. Meranti 6566 is
an inexpensive type of marine ply ideal for stitch and glue construction.
It cost, on the average, less than $80.00 a sheet in 1/4" (6mm). Okoume
or Meranti marine can also be used and cost starts at less than $100.00
a sheet (1/4").