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LOA: 17' 2" 5,24 m
Max. Beam: 7' 18 cm
Hull draft at DWL: 8" 20 cm
Displacement DWL: 1,500 lbs 682 kg
PPI at DWL: 350 lbs 159 kg
Hull weight: 650 lbs. 285 kg
HP 50  
Material: Stitch & Glue  

All specifications are approximate and subject to changes in function of the mood of the designer and the skills of the builder...

The C17 is a compact cruiser with a seaworthy classic style hull similar to the C19.

The 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.
This boats transom is designed for a standard 20" shaft. The transom can easily be modified to accept other shaft lengths.

The 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.

The 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.

Building method:
The 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.
The 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.

While 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 tutorial here.

Required Skills:
As 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.

One 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.

There 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.
Our 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.

The 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 port side.

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. 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").

Plywood 4x8' (122x244cm)
1/4" (6mm) 9  
3/8" (9mm) 10  
1/2" (13mm) 3  
Fiberglass (totals)
Biaxial tape 180 yards 162 m
Woven tape 50 yards 45 m
Biaxial fabric 25 yards 23 m
Epoxy, total 15 gallons 60 liters

See our Epoxy kit, and add the cost of plywood, or the CNC Kit.

The hull can be build in 80 hours but a finished boat will require 200 hours or more depending on the level of detail and the skills of the builder.

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

Plans Packing List:

The plans package for this boat is made of:

  • 11 detailed drawings with all dimensions required to cut the sides, bottom, bulkheads, deck, floors and all parts from flat plywood sheets: no lofting, no templates required.
  • Nesting drawings for the best plywood layout with numbered parts.
  • Construction drawings showing assembly with notches, parts numbers for most of the hardware such as hatches, fuel fill, inspection plates etc.
  • One full size pattern for the bow mold.
  • Drawings list:
  • B236_1 Plan and Profile
  • BD236_2 Nesting
  • D236_3 Construction
  • D236_4 Stations
  • D236_5 Frames
  • D236_6 Expanded Plates - Hull
  • D236_7 Expanded Panels
  • B236_8 Lamination Schedule
  • B236_9 Details
  • B236_10 Layouts
  • B236_11 Bow Mold
  • "Building on a jig" file including a details description of the assembly sequence and building tips.
  • Specific building notes for this boat.
  • Bill Of Materials.
  • Help files reference list and more.

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