At the age of 12, Kevin McDonnell decided he wanted to build a boat. He sought advice from a family friend, Steven Schoeck, who had already built several boats. Steven agreed to help, provided Kevin did the work. They ordered Dynamite Payson’s book, Instant Boatbuilding with Dynamite Payson, in the summer of 2013. Kevin chose an 11′6″ Cartopper design. Steven helped him get the right materials and then Kevin started spending every spare minute building his boat.
Carl Sylvester built this 15′3″ Gloucester Gull dory as an economy boat using fir marine plywood on pine frames. He fiberglassed bottom of the hull designed by Phil Bolger and Dynamite Payson. The interior is covered with latex paint, while Carl put a coat of single-part polyurethane on the exterior. You can find out more about building this boat in Dynamite’s book, Go Build Your Own Boat!, available from The WoodenBoat Store.
15 ft skiff designed by Phil Bolger and taken from Dynamite Payson's Instant Boats book. It was an enjoyable first boat project. I added an center rear seat and a bow seat. I launched her into San Diego Bay. There was a slight chop so she bounced a bit, but there really was very little weight in the boat. She has a very shallow draft. She is a dry boat and corners well. I am impressed with Phil Bolger designs and the tack and tape techniques.
I have had these Bolger plans for Diablo for 15 yrs. Originally I wanted to build it at the vocational high school where I was principal but that never happened. Then I wanted to build it in Biloxi, Ms while I was working there in 2009-20010. I did start a stich and glue boatbuilding class in Ocean Springs but the job ended before I could start the second phase which was to be the Diablo build. Finally I got down to business last summer and had a great time building Shearwater with my son and daughter.
Taking plans and instructions from Dynamite Payson's plans and book, Build The New Instant Boats, Brendan Shea built this Diablo skiff, DY-NO-MITE, and launched her in July, 2011. The hull is 15′ LOA with a 5′ Beam, and is constructed from marine plywood with ash rails. Brendan customized the design by adding a small forward deck to support running lights. He takes his children, Liam and Katie on the Connecticut River, from Haddam to Hartford, as well as on local lakes. The 20-hp outboard drives the boat to 27 mph.
George Wolfe and Dan Hamilton built this Gypsy skiff from Dynamite Payson’s book Build the New Instant Boats. He said the plans were very straightforward, and the boat went together easily. He did not expect to spend quite so long sanding to get her mirror finish. They spent 5 years on the construction using 1/4″ marine plywood for her hull, which they covered with epoxy and fiberglass. George used Crabcoat white paint on the finish. George took this picture of his son Dan, and Dan’s children, Aubrey and Kadin. She is powered by a 3-hp outboard.
Charlie Wetherill built this 7′9″ Ruben's Nymph design (plan # 516) by Dynamite Payson and Phil Bolger from plans bought at the website, www.instantboats.com. He used instant boat tack-and-tape construction, then painted KITTY with International Harvester white tractor paint. He considers it “a tribute to both of these fine men and their contributions to the world of boats.”
Watch out for Greg Henzel and his two young daughters rowing around in A-K SUNSHINE on Puget Sound near their home in Gig Harbor, Washington. A-K SUNSHINE, named by the girls, is Phil Bolger/Dynamite Payson Cartopper design, which is found in Dynamite's book Instant Boatbuilding with Dynamite Payson. Greg spent about 18 months building the boat, "at a leisurely pace." She has 1/4" AC exterior plyood covered with fiberglass and epoxy on the hull. Greg adn his daughgters will row A-K SUNSHINE for fishing and crabbing trips, and for just messing around.
Jim French was needing a boat when his friend Jim Tuck received Dynamite Payson's book, Build the New Instant Boats, for Christmas. So Jim Tuck lent his friend the book, and the use of his shop, and some wood, and a bit of help, now and then. Jim French built a Cartopper skiff in his friend's shop, modifying Payson's instructions by adding a pair of Douglas-fir chine logs and making the center thwart removable. This meant the boat balanced well with one, two, or three people aboard. Jim and Valerie French launched their light little fishing boat in June 2010.