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design by Glen-L

#299 - a 6' paddlewheel boat for kids

Length overall
- 70"
- 31-1/2"
Hull depth
- 9"
Hull weight
- approx. 35 lbs.
Finished weight
- approx. 42 lbs.
- 1 or 2 children

Hull type: Scow-type for sheet plywood.
Power: Hand cranked paddle wheels.

This is a simple boat to build. It's flat bottomed with vertical sides. This eliminates any fairing or shaping. A project the kids can help with. Of course helped and supervised by mom or pop, grandma or grandpa; even great grandparents.

The hull requires a single sheet of 1/4" x 4' x 8' plywood and we illustrate how the parts are obtained with virtually no waste. Information is provided to build a "cheapy" that will last until the kids grow up or a boat that can be handed down to the younger fry. Building is fun and watching the kids enjoy the results will make the adult "helper's" day….and many more to come.

COMPLETE PLANS include FULL SIZE PATTERNS for side planking, curved chine, bearing base, knee, paddlewheel disc and pad, paddles, and half section of the spray shroud. Also included are complete step by step Instructions, Bill of Materials, and Fastening Schedule.

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