Perfect for first time boat builders!
- Build time is roughly 50 hours
- Cost less than $1000 to build
- Weighs 100lbs
- Ideal for 1 adult & gear
- Free instructional how-to video series
- Paddle, trolling motor or outboard
- Fits between the fenders in a full size truck bed
- Integrated reverse chines provide excellent stability
- Requires only basic carpentry tools
- No boat building experience needed
Flats River Skiff 12 Specifications:
- 11’8″ LOA
- 4′ beam
- 4″ draft fully loaded
- ~100lb hull weight (will vary by builder)
- Capacity 300lb capacity (1 person, gear and engine)
- Paddle or 6hp max (15″ shaft)
- 16-18mph with 6hp, 15-16mph with 5hp
Flats River Skiff 12 Materials List:
- 4 sheets – 4′ x 8′ x 3/16″ Okume or Meranti marine grade plywood
- 50 linear feet – 1/2″ x 1″ stock Cypress or Juniper
- 60 linear feet – 1″ x 1″ stock Cypress or Juniper
- 2.5 gallons – Marine Epoxy (add 1 lb of fumed silica for fillets)
- 18 cu/ft – 2 lb density expanding pour foam, closed cell
- 12 yards – 10oz cloth 50″ wide
- Marine primer & paint (Quantity will vary by manufacturer, application method and number of coats.)
- Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction (free PDF download)
What are stitch and glue boat plans?
Stitch and glue boat plans are great for amateur boat builders!
Stitch and glue boat building uses marine grade plywood that is stitched together with zipties and glued with epoxy resin. The first step is to trace the full size patterns onto marine grade plywood and cut them out. Then you will hold everything in place with zipties so you can install the simple frame. After that, apply thickened epoxy to glue everything together. All wood is sealed with epoxy resin and some areas are covered with fiberglass for additional strength. Finally, roll on some paint and enjoy the ride!
Watch this video about stitch and glue boat building for more details and explanation.
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First time boat builder and 20 years of Coast Guard experience I decided to build the FRS12 with my son. Once I received the plans they were easy to follow and very easy to cut out. My son, who is 8 did most of the initial cuts. The drawings showed me exactly how to label each piece to keep everything together. Adam also helped me once I started and answered any questions I had right away. The FRS12 is very stable in the water and is so simple to paddle standing up it’s going to be perfect to reach all the areas around the Galveston, TX bays. If you’re looking for something to meet the needs of a large shallow water platform, I highly recommend the FRS12 as the way to go. It’s great to have the options to either pole it, paddle it or put a real outboard on it and not be limited to just a trolling motor.
David Scholtz –
We launched her around the new year in FL. She runs great! And my son and I had a fantastic time building it! Definitely learned a lot and looking forward to doing another one in the future.
Mike K –
This was my first stitch and glue boat. The full-size plans made the plywood pieces extremely easy to cut out, the instructions were clear, and I was impressed by how quickly the boat goes together. Adam is very quick to respond to questions, and the community of other builders on Instagram/Facebook helped tremendously with discussing ideas and providing motivation! Now that my boat is completed, it is so satisfying to see the finished product, and my family and friends cannot believe that I was able to build such a great looking boat. It was much more stable than I anticipated, and is the perfect size to be both seaworthy and portable without a trailer. Something tells me that this won’t be my last Salt Boatworks boat!
The plans were easy to follow and I was able to finish my project FRS12 in no time at all. The skiff works like a charm , Go with the motor you will not regret it .
– Robert Lander