Building boat kits is truly a woodworker's dream. The styling of these boats, along with the quality of wood, allows you to produce what is almost a piece of fine furniture for the water. Virtually anyone with basic woodworking skills and tools can produce a beautiful and functional watercraft with relative ease. The variety of wooden boat kits available is remarkable: kayaks and canoes; rowboats, prams and skiffs; dinghies and tenders; drift and sail boats.
Many of the boat kits use Okoume, a plantation-grown African mahogany that appears a honey color in its natural state, but can be stained beautifully to any finish, as preferred. One manufacturer offers a special “lap stitch” design that allows novice woodworkers to build beautiful lap strake boats. Some of these boats are also designed so they can be easily propelled with an electric trolling motor or a small gas-powered outboard.
Besides the great satisfaction of building a wonderful boat, the savings over assembled boats can be significant, well over 50% – $1000 to $2000 in some cases. You can build a real show piece since these boats can be finished with a wide variety of special boats stains, epoxies, varnishes and paints.
Kompleteness of Kits: Kits usually include all of the wooden parts necessary, brass and/or stainless steel hardware, fiberglass and taping (as needed), as well as all of the solid wood parts including deck beams, trim and rub rails, etc.
Tools: Basic woodworking tools are usually all that you need. A few that
may be helpful include: hot melt glue gun, sanding block and sandpaper, wood
file, carpenters level, wire cutters, contact cement. And to do the job right
all the right tools like
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