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Flats boat, plan

Plan and profile view of the Micro Flats boat FS14_LS.

LOA: 13' 6" 4,12 m
Max. Beam: 60" 152 cm
Hull draft at DWL: 5"   12.5 cm
Displacement at DWL: 610 lbs   276 liters
PPI at DWL: 200 lbs/in 35 l/cm
Designed hull weight 190 lbs   86kg
Max. HP 15/25   10/18KW
Material: Plywood cored epoxy composite  

Hull draft is without skeg (+3/4").  Cockpit is self bailing up to 800 lbs at normal trim.

Flats boat, plan

The Micro Flats boat FS14_LS fills a gap between our wide flats boats like the PH16/PH18 and our fishing paddle boards FS13 and SK14.

The PH16 and PH18 are full fledged flats boat that can take a crew of 4 or 5 persons, the paddle boards FS13 and SK14 are boards that can take a small engine. The FS14_LS is a very small and light flats boat that can take a crew of one or two persons and perform well with a small tiller outboard.

The hull is based on our popular FS14, almost the same hull but cut with a low and straight sheer.

Flats boat, plan

The moderate vee hull will move her reasonably well through a small chop. She is easy and economical to build .

Flats boat, plan

Building method:

The hull is made from 6 mm Okoume plywood, epoxy and fiberglass.
The FS14_LS is built upside down, on a simple jig, with the hull panels planked around the frames.
After the outside fiberglassing, the hull is turned over, the inside framing, stringers included, is removed and the inside is fiberglassed. The stringers and frames are installed in the fiberglassed hull. Soles and deck cover those parts.

Flats boat, plan

The plans show notches in the frames and stringers: no need to measure the distances on the strongbacks.

The long hull panels are assembled with butt blocks or fiberglass splices (puzzle joints in the kit version).

The center part of the cockpit sole is reinforced by a butt block and can take a bolted grab rail installed with marine type SS toggle bolts
The hull is unsinkable thanks to foam poured under the sole.

Flats boat, plan

Skill Level:

The FS14_LS can be built by a first time builder.
The boat is available as a complete kit with all precision cut parts that assemble like a puzzle and all the epoxy and fiberglass, ready to paint, for less than $ 1,490.00 (2015).
There is nothing to measure with the kit.
For those who prefer to cut their own plywood, the plans show dimensions for all the parts, no lofting ever required with our plans.


Buoyancy foam:
The compartments under the sole can be filled with foam to make the boat unsinkable. It takes about 2 gallons total to provide close to 500lbs buoyancy and make the boat unsinkable.

Transom height:
The plans show a transom for an outboard with a 20" shaft. If you plan to use a 15" shaft, the plans show the 15" transom as an option.

Cockpit and decks:

The size of the cockpit can be customized. If the builder extends the cockpit forward, he must keep at least a small breast hook plate forward. Aft, the part of the stringers shaped like transom knees must be present.


As designed, the side are covered with fiberglass up to 6" above the chine.
Some builders prefer to completely fiberglass the outside.
In that case, use a light cloth like 4 or 6 oz. (100 to 150 gr).
The same applies to the decks. If you fiberglass the decks, use a light cloth 4 or 6 oz.
Do not increase the thickness of the panels or the amount of fiberglass: this boat is extremely strong as designed.

A lighter hull can be built by using one less layer of tape for all seams and replacing the 12 oz. biaxial with 6 oz. woven. Max. HP for the light version is 15 HP.
For an extra light version, consider the foam sandwich version.


Ideally, this boat should be fitted with a tiller motor and a grab rail.
The best layout will be tiller with an extension.Some grabrails are sold with or can be fitted with plates for remote steering and controls.

A small console can be installed but is not recommended.
Remote steering will require to route cables under the deck and sole plus, the aft deck may need cutting to clear the steering and tilt tube.


This is small boat that will plane easily with a 15 HP and fly with a 25 HP. Anything larger is dangerous.
A 25 HP requires the the transom to be made from 2 layers of 9 mm plywood plus the clamping board. There is sufficient plywood in our nesting.

Foam sandwich version:
This boat can be built in foam sandwich. The hull shape is identical but the fiberglass lamination schedule is very different. There is a small weight reduction: between 20 and 50 lbs depending on the skills of the builder.
The foam sandwich version uses marine foam: Divynicell or equivalent for the hull and framing and high density PVC foam (Aquaplas) for the transom.
The plans for the foam sandwich version are sold separately.
It is possible to build an hybrid version: hull skin made from plywood-epoxy and all flat parts like frames, sole and deck from foam sandwich. The weight of the hybrid version is equal to the weight of the foam sandwich version.

A graphite bottom is strongly recommended and cost about $ 8.00 (2016) when added to the last layer of epoxy resin.

Flats boat, plan

Bill Of Materials:
All plywood Okoume BS1088, MarinEpoxy or Silver Tip resin.

Plywood standard sheets 4x8'
6 mm (1/4") 4 sheets  
 9 mm (3/8") 5 sheets  
Cleats and rub rail
3/4" square 100'  
Fiberglass tape
Bias 6 oz.(200 gr) 200' 75 m
Fiberglass biaxial 50" wide (125 cm)
12 oz.(400 gr) 6 yards 6 m
Epoxy, total 4.5 gal 15 Kg

Add 3 lb of wood flour and some fairing compound to your preference.

The cost of materials varies depending on your location, your choice of epoxy brand, plywood type and options. Use our Bill Of Materials and check the local cost of materials.

All materials are available for purchase online from

Despite the cost of shipping, those materials may cost cost less online than purchased locally.


Our complete kit cost about (c0ming soon) shipping included, materials purchased separately should cost around. . 

The hull shell can be build in 40 hours but those hours will be spread over several weeks because of the required resin curing time.

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


As with all our plans, you have the right to build one boat from those plans. The designer holds the copyright to the design and you purchase a license to build one boat. If you plan to build more than one boat, please contact us about licensing fees.

Building standards:

Professional builders must consult the designer.


The plans are available in metric or inches.
The plans show the dimensions for all parts of the boat as cut flat on the floor. We show the layout of all parts on standard plywood sheets.

Building notes with step by step instructions are included.

The printed plans are printed on tabloid size paper, 11x17 (279 x 432 mm). The down loadable plans are in PDF format letter size. The purchase of the more expensive printed version includes access to the Digital Download plans.

Digital plans are available immediately.

Important note: These plans are copyrighted. The PDF file can not be copied or distributed. As for any of our plans, you purchase a license to build one boat.

If you plan to build more than one unit, for example for a boy scout troop or a school project, please contact us.


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