the 60's, DIY magazines often showed boat plans for plywood on frame and
houseboat plans seemed to be very popular. The topsides were typically
vertical to maximize interior volume and to make building easier.
asked designer Emile Ajar to draw a small boat in that style but for stitch
and glue. The result is a smaller version of our HB18. The cabin is 2'
shorter and we had to sacrifice the head but all other features are identical
to the HB18.
The material cost and labor are almost identical for those two boats:
if you have the room, build the HB18.
such a small boat, it is impossible to fit decent size bunks in the cabin
that is already furnished with a galley and steering station but why not
take advantage of the very large cockpit covered with canvas and turn
it into a roomy cabin when on anchor?
Check out our Building method tutorial (for the HB20), in our How-To Section
and glue material: faster, easier, stronger than plywood on frame.
8' width. This gives us
cockpit benches and a wide bed under the awning.
Simple, straight panels. No curved bottom or bow.
wood beveling as in plywood on frame.
storage room in cockpit and under sole: a fixed fuel tank is possible.
you can build a bookshelf, then you can build this boat. It does not require
special materials or complicated building skills. All of the wood is readily
available from the local lumber yard and an epoxy-fiberglass kit is available
from this web site.
The HB16 is easily trailerable without an expensive boat trailer.
The flat bottom hull can be hauled on a utility trailer. At just 1,100
lbs, it is easy to pull with a compact car.
It operates in shallow water. The draft was kept to 6".
The HB16 can be made unsinkable with foam flotation.
With the recommended engine(s), the HB16 will go at 25
mph in protected waters.
The forward cockpit is mostly for use while on anchor. It can be
fitted with a landing ramp for easy access to the beach.
cabin has standing headroom. We recommend a Porta Potti type head
to avoid complicated plumbing. There is storage everywhere and the boat
has sufficient capacity to fill all those places with fishing gear, beach
and camping equipment etc.
The aft cockpit can be enclosed by a canvas tent. The flat sole is 5 'x
6'-3" (between the benches), the width of a queen size bed! Perfect
for an inflatable bed. The canvas cockpit enclosure is supported by the
boom but a standard pontoon boat enclosure will fit perfectly. Those can
be bought at a very reasonable price from most marine stores. Windows
may be replaced with screening, or left open.
outboard (not shown) fits on a bracket to keep the cockpit uncluttered.
The plans include specifications for a bracket that can be used at displacement
speeds only. If the builder wants an outboard bracket to use at planing
speeds, we recommend to purchase a professionally made bracket like the
method: We made the HB16 easier and cheaper to build. The
building method uses cleats framing wherever possible like under the sole
but all outside seams are made of fiberglass and the whole hull is protected
and reinforced with biaxial glass fabric and epoxy.
We show the cabin top with some curve, but this can be done flat. Because
the boat has vertical sides, the interior will be quite easy to build.
This boat lends itself to modifications by the builder: build her to suit
All surfaces are epoxy saturated and the bottom is fiberglassed to above
Thanks to its simple and efficient shape, the HB16 is easy to build and
epoxy is a very forgiving, gap filling material: no need for delicate
Almost all plywood cuts are square, the bottom uses full sheets of plywood:
no cuts required!
Of Materials: (Excerpts
from our BOM)
We include enough epoxy to cover the whole boat with a saturation coat
and fiberglass for the bottom up to the waterline. The epoxy coat must
be varnished or painted.
Please refer to the Bill of materials to calculate the Cost, or see our Kits
offer an epoxy kit with free shipping in the US. Our kit cost less
than the same supplies bought locally. See the main page.
A complete hull with superstructure can be build in less than 100 hours
but allow another 100 hours for finishing.
Visit our message board, help pages, tutorial pages and read our FAQ:
most questions are answered there.
Packing List: Detailed
drawings, large scale with all dimensions required to cut the sides, frames
and the bulkheads from flat plywood sheets: no lofting, no templates required.
All dimensions for cabin and deck. Suppliers part numbers for hardware
Expanded Plates - Hull, bottom, roof etc.
Typical Door Details
by step illustrated building notes.
Bill Of Materials is included in the building notes