Flats River Skiff 18

$250.00$2,650.00

These stitch and glue boat plans are for a 5 person flats boat or bay boat. This boat is ideal for a first time boat builder with some carpentry and/or boat building experience.  With its simple stitch and glue construction you will be out on the boat in no time!

Boat Plans include full size templates to trace and cut all parts and prints detailing assembly of the boat.  Plans include BOTH the Bay and Flats layouts.

Plywood Kit includes prints detailing assembly of the boat, all plywood parts CNC cut, USCG flotation foam, a USCG capacity placard and HIN assignment.  Cost is same for Bay or Flats layout, selection is made after order is placed.  

Plywood Kits are shipped by motor freight or can be picked up from Morehead City, NC.  Shipping will vary by destination and you should contact us for a quote before placing an order if you plan to have the kit shipped.  Some ball park costs from past shipments are ~$250 for South Carolina and ~$450 for southern Florida and Texas.

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Description

The Flats River Skiff 18 is perfect for those wanting to take their family and friends out with them to fish. With an aft deadrise of 12 degrees and sharp entry forward you will have a smooth ride with minimal draft, allowing you to access your favorite fishing spots.  This design (the largest of the FRS series) is unique because it offers the builder the layout option of bay boat plans (open interior with forward recessed deck) or flats boat plans (full deck fore and aft).   The FRS-18 has ample capacity for all your accessories such as a trolling motor, casting platforms, power poles etc.   Steering for the bay boat configuration is a center console with a leaning post/seat, while the flats configuration makes use of the rear deck for seating either as a center console or side console.

The flats and bay boat plans include full size templates of each part for you to trace on plywood and cut out yourself.   The boat plans include templates and assembly drawings to build either the Flats or Bay layout!

  • Ideal for a first time boat builder with previous woodworking and/or carpentry experience
  • 2 interior layout options, bay boat or flats boat (both are included in the boat plans)
  • Build time is 125-200 hours (depending on finishes)
  • Build cost is $2800-$3500 (with plans)
  • Boat plans include full size patterns for tracing (easily cut with a jig saw or skilsaw)
  • Plywood Kit includes all plywood pre-cut by CNC and flotation foam (see notes on Materials List)

Flats River Skiff -18 Specs:

  • 18’6″‘ LOA
  • 7’3″ beam
  • 8″ draft light load & 11″ draft fully loaded
  • 1400 lb Capacity ( 5 people and gear)
  • 115hp max, 90hp recommended (20″ shaft)

Flats River Skiff -18 Materials List:

  • 12 sheets (11 for bay boat layout) – 4′ x 8′ x 3/8″ Meranti or Fir marine grade plywood (included in Plywood Kit)
  • 7 sheets – 4′ x 8′ x 1/2″ Okume or Meranti marine grade plywood (included in Plywood Kit)
  • 1 sheet – 4′ x 8′ x 1/2″ interior plywood for jig (included in Plywood Kit)
  • 15 cu/ft – 2 lb density expanding pour foam, closed cell (included in Plywood Kit)
  • 120 linear feet –  3/4″ x 3/4″ stock Cypress, Juniper or Fir
  • 50 linear feet – 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ stock Cypress, Juniper, or Fir (25′ less for Bay boat layout)
  • 40 linear feet – 1/2″ x 1″ stock Cypress, Juniper or Fir
  • 100 linear feet – 1/2″ x 1-1/4″ stock Cypress, Juniper or Fir
  • 16 linear feet – 1″ x 1-1/2″ stock Fir or Sapele
  • 12-14 gallons – Marine Epoxy (add 1 lb of fumed silica for fillets)
  • 40 yards – 10 oz  cloth 50″ wide
  • 15 yards – 1208 (BX) biaxial 50″ wide
  • 35 yards – 1808 (LTM) biaxial 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 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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Additional information

Weight 7.5 lbs
Dimensions 35.9 × 2.9 × 2.9 in
Included

Boat Plans:
– Full size templates to cut all parts
– Prints detailing assembly of the boat

Plywood Kit:
– CNC cut plywood
– Prints detailing assembly of the boat

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