Phil Thiel's ESCARGOT
Delighted with Canal Boat plans of two weeks ago. I am currently beginning the build with the idea of involving grand children as much as possible. Currently thinking of powering with Spirit 1 , 3hp electric outboard. I will be using the Lark modification to the Escargot . I may have missed a note somewhere but for the Escargot modification the work table / mold will be 6’ 6 “. EBL to MBL Also which side cross hatching for plywood on frames is determined by looking at side views of boat. All in all I am delighted with plans and going forward with build.
I have 35 years experience in boat building. I have my Escargot hull built and ready to glass. It's taken me 65 hours of leisurely work to get to that point. It's been solo building except for moving the side and bottom panels. Building the boat has been mostly an exercise in measure and cut. Boat building experience is not required. Carpentry skills will be very helpful. The plans include a single page of building instructions. They tell you what to do but not necessarily how to do it. A good deal of contemplation and head scratching is still required. This is my first experience with digital plans and I found that it's incredibly convenient to have the plans on my Kindle Fire. My major modification was to extend the cockpit and aft side panel by 15". This allows the use of the entire 8' of the aft side panels. I also allows use of the full 4' width of the bottom panels, saving a great deal of work and reducing waste. The modification requires an extra sheet of 3/8" plywood for the cockpit sole. Note that the sheet of plywood for the sole was accidentally omitted from the materials list. I'm posting the build on Reddit, r/ boatbuilding, u/PBYACE. Anyone wishing to contact me may do so via Reddit.