A hero shot of the laser cut mini boat with the creator behind it

Mini Boat

A mini (but still full-sized) electric boat.

This boat is ridiculously small and a blast to ride. It's also dead simple to build with its zip-tie and epoxy construction.

It's designed to last a lifetime and float even if flooded. That's because it is precision cut from fancy marine plywood and is designed with internal bulkheads that provide emergency floatation.

You aren't going anywhere fast in this boat (at least not with a stock trolling motor), but if its cruising you are after, it will do that with style.

Kit Price:

  • $950

I'm offering these as DIY kits on a made-to-order basis. If you would like one, fill out the form on my contact page so we can chat about it. I can shoot you over an online invoice.

Kit Includes:

  • Laser cut marine plywood
  • Various 3D printed components
  • Steering wheel
  • Steering-shaft bearings

Additional expenses:

You will be in charge of sourcing off-the-shelf components, which will be an additonal $500 to $1,100 depending on how crafty or fancy you are.

Build Instructions:

The build process has been well documented and published on Instructables.

Videos:

 

Features:

  • Precision laser cut components
  • Interlocking assembly (no jigs)
  • Simple cable-tie and epoxy construction
  • Interior bulkhead design for flood floatation
  • Thick plexiglass steering wheel
  • Electric trolling motor propulsion
  • Low and comfortable seating position
  • Stable flat bottom hull design
  • Reliable steering geometry
  • Convenient cubby storage (above dash)
  • Additional behind-seat storage

Materials:

  • Marine grade 6mm (1/4") Okoume BS1088 Plywood
  • 6mm (1/4") plexiglass (steering wheel material)
  • ABS plastic (3D printed part material)

Size:

  • 6'0" length x 2'7" width x 2'0" height

Weight:

  • 70lbs w/o motor or batteries
  • As shown: 130lbs

Draft:

  • 1'5" (w/ 150lb rider)

Limits:

  • 6'2" max rider height
  • 200lb max rider weight

Speed:

  • 4 mph (with electric trolling motor)

Inspiration:

  • Paul Elkin's 8ft "Little Miss Sally" boat.
  • American Boathead's 8ft "Model C" boat
  • Artistic Brit's boat building videos
  • Corbin Dunn's CLC Kayak build
  • Chesapeake Light Craft (CLC) build instructions

Plans:

If you would prefer to purchase plans rather than a kit, fill out the form on my contact page so we can chat about it.

A rear 3/4 view of the mini electric boat, showing off the electric trolling motor propulsion
A side / top view of the mini electric boat
A front 3/4 view of the mini electric boat
A detail view of the mini electric boat seat
A view of the mini electric boat batteries
The steering drum and pulley system of the mini electric boat
A dashboard view of the mini electric boat, showing off the steering wheel, volt-meter, and dead-mans switch
First launch of the mini electric boat, sitting by the dock
Erika at the first launch of the mini electric boat, turning around
Josh racing towards the camera at the first launch of the mini electric boat
Erika riding towards the bridge at the first launch of the mini electric boat