design is based on the dinghy of a friend, a long range cruiser. Jose
had the only boat flying Azorean flag and a small but very cute dinghy.
He carried the dinghy on deck and while she is a light boat easy to launch
and retrieve, she has sufficient buoyancy to move anchors around in case
of need. The Nutshell has less capacity than the D4 or PK78: the ideal
crew is one person but she can carry some passengers if they are careful
and distribute their weight properly. Besides rowing well with one person
on board, she has other advantages: she is very easy and fast to build,
there are no butt joints.
method: This boat is built from flat plywood panels assembled with epoxy-fiberglass
tape. The construction method is called "stitch and glue". 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.
Nutshell is very easy and fast to build, there are no butt joints. The
sides are cut from one standard sheet of plywood.
She is one of the easiest boat to build: Nutshells were successfully completed
by crews as young as 10!
No woodworking skills or special tools are required.
There is no sail option for the Nutshell
Of Materials: (Excerpts
from our BOM)
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.
This boat can be built from inexpensive exterior plywood since it is completely
coated with epoxy resin.
The Nutshell can be build for less than US $200.00 (1999).
offer an epoxy fiberglass kit with free shipping in the US. Our
kit cost less than the same supplies bought locally. See the main page,
top left panel.
The average construction time for the hull is 25 hours.
Visit our message board, help pages, tutorial pages and read our FAQ:
most questions are answered there.
Detailed drawings, large scale with all dimensions required to cut the
sides, bottom and the bulkheads from flat plywood sheets: no lofting,
no templates required.
size patterns for the sides*, transom and frames. The bottom is scribed
from the assembled sides.
notes including a detailed description of the assembly sequence and
Bill Of Materials
files reference list and more.
size patterns for the side panels are in several pieces that must be tiled.
Read more information about our plans
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