What is in the Plans?
You will receive plans in 2 files: 3 megabyte zipped HTML file by e-mail that have:Very detailed instructions in easy to follow sections.
Color keys give hints and caution notices: Hint Option Caution Careful
Colored arrows on photos indicate location of cuts, screws, where to glue, etc.
Plans are now in both English and metric dimensions.
Easy to follow links guide you through the many building options.
517 detailed how-to color photos and color drawings.
Construction tricks and hints. Build it simple or full-featured. Add to it later.
Support! Questions answered promptly. Or ask question in the support group
You have the option of all wood, or some easy to do metal.
Options for strength, ease of building, and even more accessories for the basic hull.
This is what the plan index looks like:
Getting started Decisions that make it easier.
Dagger Dagger box Both optional. Probably best to make them at the same time.Metal hinges or Stitched hinges
Center Seat or Optional Center Frame (Makes an open hull)
Stem, Foredeck & Bowplate
Fabric ends & T hinges
Skeg Optional, but highly recommended
Rudder assembly Optional, see text
Mast and socket Optional
Sail and rigging Optional
Leeboard OptionalIn addition, you will receive the plans for the Flapdoodle III, and the X-Doodle.
Six megabytes more, with hundreds of DIY photos and drawings.
Sample from plans...
Highlights I tried to make color coded highlights for the order of importance
Optional (also for hints to the novice)
Be careful (also for hints and info)
Be VERY careful
Don't worry. It is only used a few times, and is there to save you time and/or material.
Materials Originally I had intended to provide a list of materials here. It turned out during the making of this that there were SO many options that it would be best to provide a list of options as we go along with explanations of why some may be better than others. Many areas are not critical, (it will tell you) so you can chose what material you wish. Replace the laminated pieces I used with solid hardwood for example.
Building Order The order in which I have suggested that things be done may seem odd at times, but careful thought has been given to make it easier for you.
Most important in the construction sequence is subcomponents that define the shape of the craft. These are:
Center (rowing) seat and pedestal
Stem and foredeck
Transom and locking assembly
Plywood I bought white oak from a local lumberyard because it was so good looking, and the price was right ($20 a sheet)... Three sheets with the intention of using a single sheet of luan ($9) for areas that required more strength. I had some scraps from previous boats I have built, and salvaged a discarded baby crib for oak strips. Old discarded furniture can be a gold mine of small hardwood pieces (and lost TV remote controls).