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Re: New guy looking to build a boat specifically for camping

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https://www.boatdesigns.com/20-24-Water ... ducts/899/

Maybe not what you were thinking but maybe it could work.
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You could build a smaller pontoon boat-20-24 ft with 9.9 motor.You won't waterski behind it but one could build it with space for tent on stern and 3 of those fancy tent/cot combos for the kids.or bigger tent enclosure.Everything can be folded up and stowed on board to facilitate fishing or what have you.You wouldn't have to get fancy spendy seating either-just wood picnic table of sorts .Get creative and have a blast.I built a 18 ft Bo-Jest for my camp boat(for 2) with Yamaha 9.9 high-thrust. :D
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Re: New guy looking to build a boat specifically for camping

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hoodman wrote:
Tue May 05, 2020 6:08 pm
https://www.boatdesigns.com/20-24-Water ... ducts/899/ Maybe not what you were thinking but maybe it could work.
chugalug wrote:
Tue May 05, 2020 7:44 pm
You could build a smaller pontoon boat-20-24 ft with 9.9 motor.You won't waterski behind it but one could build it with space for tent on stern and 3 of those fancy tent/cot combos for the kids.or bigger tent enclosure.Everything can be folded up and stowed on board to facilitate fishing or what have you.You wouldn't have to get fancy spendy seating either-just wood picnic table of sorts .Get creative and have a blast.I built a 18 ft Bo-Jest for my camp boat(for 2) with Yamaha 9.9 high-thrust. :D
Thank you for the suggestions. The Water Lodge looks interesting-to be clear we are not looking to camp on the boat-rather to just use the boat to ferry us and camping equipment to the camping area. We will be setting up a tent right on the shore. I could very easily build something like the Water Lodge, I would just be curious as to how well a 9.9HP would push it.

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Re: New guy looking to build a boat specifically for camping

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It would push it just fine at a fast walking speed if I had to guess. If you built a water lodge you might WANT to sleep on the boat.
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Re: New guy looking to build a boat specifically for camping

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Based upon your needs, it kind of sounds as if the Water Lodge would be overkill as it is really just a small houseboat. Although building a boat is a fun project, you have to go into it knowing that it is going to take some time. Most of us have spent several years on ours. Only the smaller runabouts or boats (think prams or rowboats) can be completed reasonably in a years time give the constraints of work and life in general.

For your needs I think your idea of the pontoon boat running on a smaller motor is more suitable. As long as you don't get a larger boat, the 9.9 should push it around at the speeds you mentioned. I can't say for sure what you should do, only you can make that decision, but I do know that you should only build a boat if you want to build it.
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Re: New guy looking to build a boat specifically for camping

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Huck Finn pontoons would meet your need. I would also buy the cabin plans in case your needs change.

https://www.boatdesigns.com/12-28-Huck- ... ducts/169/

https://www.boatdesigns.com/Huck-Finn-C ... ducts/170/

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Re: New guy looking to build a boat specifically for camping

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Coarse, if you're just using it to transport your stuff,I would look at the flat-bottomed skiffs.Look easier to build and probably go in skinnier water as well as performance with 9.9 motor :D
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