Building driftboats using our
standard plywood plans & patterns...

Our standard wood driftboats use mostly plywood you can buy anywhere. This, coupled with the fact that our boats are FRAME-FREE when completed, means there is no need for a "kit" or the cost for shipping same. Plywood in our driftboats can be either a good grade of Exterior or any Marine grade (both use waterproof glues). We detail simple joining methods so you can use standard 8' sheets throughout if you like. The strength of these joints made with the epoxy glues we offer is actually stronger than the joining panels. These boats are meant to easily accommodate our modern WOOD/EPOXY ENCAPSULATION SYSTEM which we highly recommend for long life with minimum maintenance.

We detail hull assembly over three temporary forms (much like frames) made from any type of plywood of specified thickness, plus the wood-framed plywood transom (stern) and stem (bow member) cut from a 2" x 6" - both of which stay in the boat. We call all these the "backbone" members, and include FULL SIZE PATTERNS for their contours so you can make them easily and without error (plans & instructions show you how). A few longitudinal members (straight wood "sticks" if you will) are added to back the joints and stiffen the hull - these can be bought in most any lumberyard to size. Or if you have a saw, you can rip your own to size from wide boards and save more money.

Fast, easy, accurate assembly methods.....

Assembling our wood driftboats is straight-forward and simple. Hulls are built upside-down over the backbone members which are set up on a simple jig made from a few ordinary 2" x 4" members as fully detailed on the plans. Longitudinal members are then wrapped around these members. Fairing (hand-beveling for fit) is mostly unnecessary since bevels can largely be pre-sawn. Plywood panels are next laid onto this framework, marked around their perimeters, cut to shape, then glued and screwed back in place. Basically that’s all there is to it - no special tools or skills required. Anyone who can saw a board, drill a hole, and drive a screw can do it.

Why our "NO KIT" philosophy...

Since there is no "rocket science" involved and no hard-to-find materials with our driftboat designs, it makes little sense for us to buy plywood or lumber (we can’t buy it any cheaper than you), set up a production line to make a few simple cuts, add the costs of inventory, crating, handling, and shipping (not to mention some markup for our profit), and ask you to bear these extra costs for making up a "kit". While such a resulting "kit" might save you some time and effort, the price would likely be so high that savings (if any!) would be minimal. In fact, you could be better off simply buying a ready-made boat. In short, our approach starting with plans & ordinary materials you buy locally is the ABSOLUTE LOWEST COST way to build your driftboat. It’s also the BEST way to get a driftboat EXACTLY the way you want it. Why pay more for what may be an inferior boat?

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