Want to go sailing or fishing, but don't have the money to buy a fancy new boat? Well, you've come to the right place! Like you, I am also a wannabe sea captain on a tight budget. You won't learn how to build a luxury yacht here, but you will have a unique, durable, little boat at the end of this tutorial, and you'll have fun making it--buying complete products is so yesterday.

Those who have lurked around this site regularly will know that there are many Instructables that teach boat-building, but I wanted to build a boat that drew its inspiration from Chinese style fishing boats. The design is loosely based on some images I have found online. Although Chinese fishing boats are usually long and narrow, I had to adapt the design to fit the low cost of this build--I only have a budget of about $150, which includes wood, resin, etc. The end result is much shorter than traditional Chinese fishing boats and is made from different materials. The boat I will make has a similar shape to western canoes, except the stern and bow are flat instead of tapering to a point. This design makes the boat more resistant to larger waves and splashes, but at the cost of some speed. Anyway, enjoy!

Step 1: Materials ***updated 09/19/13***

(there is usually a scrap wood section at your local Home Depot where they sell perfectly good lumber for extraordinary prices ($0.5, $1, etc). Always check these places first. You can also reduce the cost of this boat significantly by sourcing materials from Craigslist or other places.)

4'x8' 1/4" plywood
(You want marine or exterior decking quality wood. Find one that is straight and that has very few knots. I bought mine from Lowes. Ask them to cut it into three 16"x8' strips. ~$27)

4'x4' 1/4" plywood

0.5"x3"x4' wood boards
(These are just the common rectangular wood planks you will find at any Home Depot. They don't have to be these exact dimensions. Just get a couple of strong, long, and skinny boards so that you can make yourself a few support studs for the spine and a seat. You should be able to find these in the scrap section of Home Depot. ~$3) 

1"x2"x8' wood sticks (x6)
(While Lowes had these labeled as 1"x2", I found the actual measurements to be around 0.7"x1.5". You'll want to get something around the dimensions that I have, because you will be bending these sticks. If they are too thick, then they will crack and potentially break. ~$20)

80 grit sand paper

1" drywall screws (buy a box of it)
(This length should be slightly shorter than the combined thickness of your plywood and the sticks you bought. Any longer and it will come out the other side when you attach the plywood to the sticks.~$6)

3" screws (20)

Wood glue (1 medium sized bottle)

Epoxy/polyester resin (1gal) & fiberglass tape (8 square feet) ***updated***
So I noticed that the picture of the "epoxy resin" I had posed previously was in fact polyester resin (thanks to Jobar007 for pointing that out). When I had asked the employees at Home Depot for epoxy resin, she had pointed to the one I had used. At the time, I saw that the container read "fiberglass resin" and just assumed it was epoxy. Don't make the same mistake I made! Read the ingredients list on the back of the container! So, here, you have a choice to make to either coat your boat with epoxy resin or polyester resin. While polyester resin is not as impact resistant, waterproof, and sticky as epoxy resin, it is significantly (4 to 5 times) cheaper than epoxy resin. And although polyester resin forms a strong bond with itself, it forms a much weaker bond with other materials than epoxy resin. To be honest, many boat builders swear by epoxy resin, but my research tells me that polyester will work fine on a small boat that will not be constantly in the water. So make your choice depending on how you will use your boat. Personally, my boat is functioning fine, but then again I only use it 2-3 times a month. Thanks for reading and I apologize for the inconvenience. 
(~$35 & ~$6)

Opaque Waterproofing/weatherproofing base paint (1 gal)
(Behr is a good brand. Make sure the paint is water resistant and is opaque. Epoxy resin is what allows your boat to stay water proof, but it is afraid of sunlight. You need to cover it with a good opaque paint. ~$25)

Recommended tools:

Japanese hand saw
Electric drill w/counter sink bit&Philips head bit
Measuring tape
Disposable paint brushes (~$0.5 ea)
A friend/helper
(the more electric versions of these tools you have, the easier it will be)
<p>You say option 3 is impractical but it's only a hop sip and a jump from a great boat. Add a trampoline to the mix and that would be a nice Cat.</p><p>All in all it's a good first effort and something to be proud of.</p>
<p>This boat is similar to the dory hull form: narrow bottom with steep, flared sides. They do best when heavily loaded and from your experiments you've confirmed this. Another option to hauling things around would be to just dump water into the bilge when you put her in. 10 Gallons (~40 L) would weigh around 83 pounds (~40 Kg). When done, turn her on her side and empty the water out. If you don't want to get wet, build in a water ballast tank.</p>
<p>i think if you were to add about 6 inches to the width of the bottom of the boat design you might find those stability issues answered.</p><p>Jim l.</p>
Nice design! I built <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Build-a-Boat-out-of-Two-Sheets-of-Plywood/" rel="nofollow"><strong>our boat</strong></a> out of two full sheets--one 5/8&quot; and another 1/2&quot; and then we fiberglassed ours. Holds up like a champ, but I'd a bit thinner next time around--the fiberglass does a lot for strength.
OMG! I just checked the container-- that was so clumsy of me! Thank you for catching my mistake. I was so excited that I just assumed that fiberglass resin is epoxy resin. I'll update the Instructable right away. Thanks again!
Just so you know, you are using polyester resin and not epoxy. Polyester resin is less expensive and has bonding problems with wood because it doesn't soak in once it starts to kick. The key give away is the drops to ounces part. Epoxy is more like a 1:1 to a 1:5 mixing ratio of catalyst to resin. Polyester resin is fine for small boats and boats that aren't used on a daily basis. <br> <br>Thanks for the write-up. I really like the design! That's also a clever idea for the paddle.

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