simple, economical, easy to build and fast small planing boat.
weight/persons per USCG
950 lbs/ 5 persons
kg/ 5 persons
to 15 HP/25 HP
to 12 kW/18 kW
Fast Skiff 14 has a program similar to our FL14 with a major difference:
she is designed as a planing hull, without rocker and a moderate vee.
She is designed for a first time builder and is an excellent introduction
to the material and the building method we use for our large power boats:
true composite hull, simple set up on a jig made of a pair of 2 by 4's.
Speed and HP.
At 600 lbs displacement, at WOT, the max. speed will be:
HP : 18 mph
10 HP: 23 mph
15 HP: 28 mph.
is for an engine in good condition at wide open throttle.
In other words, the FS14 will plane with 2 light or one large person and
a 6 HP outboard.
USCG calculations give a maximum of 25 HP with tiller steering. We consider
25 HP excessive on that size boat, not only because of the speed but because
of the weight of the engine on the transom. The same calculations also
produce a max. number of persons = 6. We find that excessive and recommend
We show a standard layout that can be customized.
The middle frames should stay where we show them because they cover the
The other frames can move if necessary.
From the bow, we cover the bow part of the boat with a casting deck. There
is plenty of storage under that fore deck with access through an opening
in the frame.
The middle seat is sealed but can be fitted with openings or a hatch.
The aft deck allows a person sitting on it to steer the boat without having
to lift the tiller in turns.
The aft deck shows a cut for the outboards clamps and fuel fitting.
We also show a hatch that is simple to build, does not require hardware
but stays in place even in rough weather.
boat will be well balanced with a tiller man sitting on the aft deck and
a passenger or two forward but when single handed, the tiller man should
sit in the middle and use a tiller extension. A tiller extension is a
simple PVC pipe.
is not particular to our boats!
All small boats are sensitive to weight distribution and it is good seamanship
to keep the boat properly trimmed.
plans show limber holes and a notch in the frames to run a fuel line from
the bow to the stern, along a stringer.
transom is designed for a standard 20" shaft but can be cut lower or raised
higher if you have a different shaft length.
is a small skeg (keel) that helps tracking and protects the bottom.
assembly method uses butt blocks that are hidden under the mid seat and
act as locators during the construction: no need to measure the location
of the frames and the butt blocks are invisible!
between the FL14 and FS14:
FL14 is a displacement hull. That means that she will move easily through
the water at displacement speeds, with oars or a small outboard. The FL14
will not plane even with a large outboard because of the rocker in the
hull. The transom of the FL14 is above the waterline at normal trim and
she can be lighter than a planing boat.
The FS14 is a planing hull without rocker. A planing boat must withstand heavier
bottom loads and the transom must be able to transmit the thrust of the
engine to the hull. For those reasons, the planing boat hull must be stronger
and heavier. With her immersed transom, the FS14 will not row as well
as the FL14.
The FS14 can be built in two different ways: with or without a jig.
FS14 can be built the same way than the FL14 and other small boats, by
the sharpie method. The hull is shaped by bending the side panels around the
frames and transom and the bottom panel is added. .
detailed building notes show a better and more precise method using a
jig made of a pair of 2x4's and two sawhorses.
set up the frames upside down on the 2x4 and plank that jig with the bottom
and side panels.
This method guarantees a straight bottom, essential for good performance
at planing speeds.
It does not increase the amount of labor, quite the opposite. The inside
fiberglassing is much faster with this method.
method is identical to the one used for large boats but does not require
a true jig.
design was engineered for ease of building: the seat tops and aft deck
are used as a building base and the frames are used as mold. The only
temporary mold is a small bow mold.
All the dimensions for the frames and transom(molds), bow mold, stringers
and even the 2x4's used to support the frames, are on the plans. There
is nothing to calculate or to loft.
The FS14 is build the same way than the FS12. See the FS12 study plans page for a detailed overview of the building process .
you plan to build a larger power boat, the FS14 is an ideal first boat.
You will build the FS14 using all the techniques required to build a larger
boat but at a small scale, on a very simple jig and using very little
all our stitch and glue boats, the FS14 is easier to build than other
plywood or fiberglass boats.
We worked hard to keep the building as simple as possible: most of the
plywood cuts are straight lines, the nice curves are created by well planned
bending around the frames.
All the plywood parts have been precisely calculated: you cut them flat
on the floor, no need for templates, no need to take measurements from
the hull framing as in the plywood on frame method.
boat can be built fast by a first time builder. He should read our tutorials
first but there is nothing difficult in the building method. No beveling,
no tricky adjustments, no lofting at all, no calculations of any kind:
we show dimensions for all the parts on the plans.
Access under casting deck: the builder can leave the frame full and cut
an hatch in the top.
seat: he can also replace the casting deck with a plain bench but that
will require the addition of a breasthook.
Middle seat: optional cuts in the frame for access or hatch in the top
(shown on the plans).
Aft deck: you can leave the top in one piece and provide access through
a cut in the frame.
We do not show strakes, they will not add much to performance and tracking.
You can not omit the stringers, sorry. They are part of the structure
that stiffens the bottom but you can cover them with a sole, fixed or removable.
You can add a spray rail. This would be a simple batten, quarter round
section, epoxy glued along the edge of the chine.
important option is buoyancy.
You can make tour FS14 unsinkable by pouring two part foam in strategic
The building notes suggest to pour the foam in unusable corners. The hull
floats by itself: the density of our material is less than water (or plain
fiberglass) but you will need foam to support the weight of the engine
and the crew.
is no "heavy duty use" option. The hull is very strong as designed with
a bottom of the same strength than some of our 19 footers.
from our BOM)
BOM list materials based on our standard layout and includes a 15% waste
factor for 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
We recommend Marine grade plywood BS1088 for the hull, either Meranti
or Okoume. Meranti BS6566 is acceptable as is marine Fir plywood or exterior
plywood with no voids.
Note that exterior or marine fir without voids is difficult to find and
that fir or exterior will check.
fabric 12 oz.
The cost of materials varies depending on your location, your choice of
epoxy brand, plywood type and options. Use our Bill Of Materials with
the local cost of materials or add our kits cost.
materials are available for purchase online from the web sites below:
fiberglass, foam, paint and more: BoatBuilderCentral.com
Plywood: Plywood store at
the cost of shipping, those materials may cost cost less online than purchased
The hull can be build in 20 hours but a finished boat will require 40
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.
detailed drawings with all dimensions required to cut the side panels,
bottom panels, bulkheads, seats and all parts from flat plywood sheets:
no lofting, no templates required.
Nesting drawings for the best plywood layout, all parts nested.
Plywood nesting for all parts.
Hull and Deck panels
Construction and lamination schedule .
Detail drawing for seat locker lid with framing and assembly view.
building notes for this boat with Bill Of Materials.
files reference list and more.
THB Steinhatchee Florida
She takes wakes nicely and dry. Top speed was 21.7 mph with my 15 hp 2 stroke yamaha ( craigslist special ). Will probably do more with the bimini top down. She should cruise pretty nicely at 18 mph or so which is just fine for this type of boat.
All supplies to build this boat are available from our online stores :: epoxy/glass/paint and more :: plywood
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