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LOA: 10' 3.05 m
Max. Beam: 57" 1,45 m
Empty weight: 95 lbs 43 kg
Design displacement: 790 lb.. 360 kg
Max. HP: 10 7.5 kW
Material: Stitch & Glue  

The Garvey 11 was slightly too long for a few people.
Rather than just shorten it 1' we designed an entirely new boat but in the same style. The GV10 still has a lot of beam which provides for great stability, interior room, and carrying capacity. She has a moderate deadrise of 11 degrees to provide a softer ride than a flat bottom boat.

Her sheer has a bit more shape aft to give her a bit more pleasing appearance. This is going to be the designer's personal tender on his sailboat. She will share all the good attributes of the larger GV11.

A 5-6 HP motor will plane the boat with 1 person, an 8 HP with 2 average adults. This boat can use a smaller motor, but she is really designed to go fast on a plane.

This boat's transom is designed for a standard 15" shaft or 20" shaft length outboards. Both transoms are shown on the plans.

Building method:
This boat is built in stitch and glue, from flat plywood panels assembled with epoxy-fiberglass tape. For a detailed description of the stitch and glue boat building method, see our "How To" section where you will find a complete illustrated tutorial as well as information about epoxy, fiberglass and plywood.

Sides and bottom panels are bent around two frames and the transom: no jig required, no lofting. The GV11 frames were made from 4 pieces of plywood, which saved a single piece of plywood. The GV10 frames only use 2 pieces which simplifies construction further but requires no additional plywood.

Required Skills:
The GV10 is easy and fast to build. The sides are cut from standard sheets of plywood, dimensions for all the parts are given on the very detailed plans: 9 drawings plus step by step building notes.

No woodworking skills or special tools are required.

The GV10 can be made unsinkable by installing buoyancy foam under the seats. This option is explained in details on the plans.

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.
We recommend Marine grade plywood BS1088 for the hull, either Meranti or Okoume. Interior Structural components, such as stringers and bulkheads, can be made of Marine BS1088 or quality BS6566.
A note about BS6566: The BS6566 is a low standard to reach, some BS6566 is poor quality, while some is basically wood that just barely does not reach BS1088 standard. We have had some orders of 6566 that we could not tell from 1088, while other orders were full of small voids for this reason we do not recommend using it in the hull.
Those interior parts can also be made of Marine fir or quality exterior if there are no voids.
The plywood represents a smaller percentage of the total weight of the boat. The weight saving of using Okoume vs. Meranti is about 10% hull weight for a 20' to 22' power boat. For larger boats, the savings are even less. Does the weight savings justify the extra cost; that is up to each builder.

Plywood 4x8' (122x244cm)
1/4" (6mm) 3  
3/8" (10mm) 1  
Fiberglass (totals)
Woven tape 75 yards 69 m
Epoxy, total: 3 gallons 11 liters

Not listed: 1x2" (20x40) battens for stiffeners and a piece of quarter round used as spray rail.

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.

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

The average construction time for the hull is 40 hours.

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

Plans Packing List:

  • 9 detailed drawings, B size, with all dimensions required to cut the sides, bottom, bulkheads and all parts from flat plywood sheets: no lofting, no templates required.
  • Many exploded views and perspectives describing the assembly method and details
  • Building notes including a detailed description of the assembly sequence and building tips
  • A Bill Of Materials
  • Help files reference list and more.

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