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C19 in use - she gets 29 kts with 2 people on board with a 2002 Ficht Ram 90 HP at 5250 rpm... can just water ski behin...
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LOA: 19' 2" 5,85 m
Max. Beam: 8' 2,44 m
Hull draft at DWL: 8" 20 cm
Displacement DWL: 1,900 lbs 760 kg
PPI at DWL: 425 lbs 170 kg
Hull weight: 1,200 lbs. 480 kg
Fuel: 60 gallons 240 liters
HP 90 max 150
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 C19 is a true offshore boat with just the right hull shape for fishing or family outings.
The proven hull shape with a typical 12 degrees moderate vee is similar to the boats that Jacques Mertens designed for Pursuit like the Denali hull: sufficient deadrise to run smoothly in bad weather but moderate enough to provide good stability at slow speed without the wild roll typical of deeper vee hulls.

The generous freeboard and the classic sheer are also tried and true features contributing to seaworthiness. This boat will negotiate both head and following seas with ease.

The self bailing cockpit depth minimum 26" with 12" wide gunwales, is another important element of safety. Thanks to the freeboard and transom design, she can be rated to a max. capacity of eight persons (USCG) and we recommend engines in the 70- to 115 HP range. While stronger than the typical production fiberglass boat of that size, she is also lighter and does not require as much HP (or fuel) to cruise at the same speed: a 50 HP will get her on plane.
With 4 persons and gear, rigged with a 70 HP, she will do 30 mph and up to 36 with a 115 HP.
Those are very conservative figures and with some tinkering and attention to weight, she will go much faster. The 60 gallons of fuel will give her the range required for long offshore runs.
This boats transom is designed for a standard 20" shaft. The transom can easily be modified to accept other shaft lengths.

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 C19 is easier to build than other plywood or fiberglass boats. No woodworking skills or special tools are required. The plans include all dimensions and some full size patterns 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. For example, for the fuel system, we show not only the fuel tanks (standard part with part number) and their installation but fuel fill, fuel pick-up and fuel vent with part numbers, all in conformity with the ABYC and ISO regulations. Most other boat plans do not even show a fuel tank! We also show rigging tubes for electricity, controls and engine harness, inspection plates, removable fuel tank hatch, foam location between the stringers, hatches dimensions and part numbers, drainage of the casting deck hatches, make and part number for the swing back seat, rod holders in gunwale etc. etc.
All the plywood parts, even the smallest ones are shown with dimensions, including the assembly notches, the rod holders cuts in the frames, the opening for the chase tubes, the outboard clamp etc.
Plans for the center console are included.

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.

The basic center console layout is ideal for the fisherman. A cooler under the swing back seat, baitwell in the forward part of the console of better, in one the stern lockers, fish box and storage under the casting deck, rod holders under the gunwales.
The plans include 3 different center console plans to choose from.

For family outings, we may want more seating. Some of our pictures show optional quarter seats but a fixed or removable bench can also be installed all across the boat, in front of the motor well. An outboard bracket can be used to free even more space for storage in the stern.
Some details can be changed or added. Standard bow pulpits, T-tops or bimini tops, windshields are easy to fit.

The plans now include a dual console layout.

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) 8  
3/8" (9mm) 20  
Fiberglass (totals)
Biaxial tape 187 yards 170 m
Woven tape 50 yards 45 m
Biaxial fabric 47 yards 43 m
Woven fabric 10 yards 9 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:

  • 14 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:
  • B210/1 Plan and Profile
  • D210/2 Structure - Hull & Deck
  • D210/3 Structure - Stringers & Transom
  • D210/4 Structure - Bulkheads
  • D210/5 Hull - Deck & Floors
  • D210/6 Hull - Expanded Panels
  • D210/7 Expanded Panels - Nesting
  • B210/8 Lamination Schedule
  • B210/9 Console
  • B210/10 Appendages
  • B210/11 Dual Console
  • E210/12 Bow Mold
  • B187 Standard Center Console and Notes
  • B221 Typical Small Boat Electrical
  • "Building on a jig" file including a detailed 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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