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Lewis Boat Works: Custom Boat building and Plans



Building Chugger

A 12 ft Flat-bottom Minimalist Overnight CabinCruiser.


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The Design



Here's the Revised drawing and link to Half sized drawing (4.25x5.5), as requested by visitors (Right click, save as .gif then change to 200% and print). This shows the whole boat, in profile. I envision a fold down tray/table for a Propane stove with PortaPotti underneath on one side and, on the other side, a waterjug with hose and clamp tap over a bar sink and bucket combo. These would be in the space between the bunks and the exterior of the cabin. The boat could be made into a 10' model by cutting 1 ' from the cabin and 1' from the cockpit, but it would be cramped and possibly top heavy. Conversly, it could be extended to 14' or 16' quite easily, if you kept the beam the same (add to cabin or cockpit or both). Please view the larger version of the drawing for limitations of the design.

This is a very customizeable design, able to go from 10' -15'6" or so. Cabin length and cockpit length to suit your needs. For anything over 12' I would recommend 1/2" ply for the bottom and the rest 3/8".


Vital Statistics

Length: 12 feet ± (10'-15'6")

Max Beam: 48 inches

Beam at chine: 48 inches.

Boat weight: 175-200 lbs. Approx. (12' boat)

Payload: 950 lbs or 2-3 adults + a lot of gear.(12' boat)

Freeboard: 24 inches (with motor well or motor bracket).

Maximum Motor Capacity: 10 hp-15hp (depending on length)




4.3.02   The first panels are cut for Chugger. Total time for layout and cut: 20 minutes. These are the front sections, Starboard and Port. They were clamped and cut as one unit, to maximize fairing and equality. There is an additional 3" of full height ply before the curve starts on the rear panels. This provides 6" of space for a good butt joint. Butt joint will be a 1x8" cut down to a true 1x6". This will also be part of the framing.


4.4.02   Here is the Redneck compass I made to draw the curve for the cabin side. This will give me the 2 ft radius called for.


4.4.02    Here is the Redneck Compass in action. The nail is pivoting on a piece of 2x pine. Notice the crappy lamination, this is going to be scrapped



4.4.02   Starboard side panels. Hmmm, sure LOOKS like the drawing.


On to the next day's building


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