West Coast Boat Works Wooden Boat Kit Details

Each kit includes the following:

  • All ½” bottom panels scarfed and pre-cut to shape
  • All 3/8” side panels scarfed not pre-cut to shape these need to be fit to each skiff. Because each skiff can take its own shape to a certain degree you just hold the panels up on the side and trace out the lines to cut to, very easy
  • All transom parts including motor & transom doublers
  • Shelf pieces pre-cut to shape and size (made from Boise Cascade Versalam beam stock)
  • All ½” chine pieces pre-cut to shape
  • Shelf braces, bottom molds, 6 building jig molds
  • Copy of Renn Tolman’s Book (even if you already have one it’s a good idea to have one in the shop close to your build project and one in the house for night time reading.
  • All fall off material left over from cutting the kit that can be used in other parts of the skiff.
  • 12 page instructions with step by step photographic documentation. I have created these to specifically guide you in building the basic hull. (click for sample)
  • Additionally, I provide a CD with over 100 photos showing other parts of the interior build out.
  • The building jig and framing lumber is not included in the basic kit
  • Stringers are not included in the basic kit because they are so long the freight would be very expensive. Call for separate fright quote on the stringers.

Stringers are available and may be ordered separately due to the freight cost. When supplied they are made from Boise Cascade Versalam beams for strength and stability reasons. They come pre-cut with all required machining completed, but some final fitting may be required which is specific to your build.

Blue and White 24 foot jumbo Tolman skiff DIY wooden boat

24' Jumbo Shown Above

Prices start at $2,786 for a Wide Body in Doug Fir marine plywood FOB Bend, Oregon.

CNC cutting actual pieces of a tolman skiff wooden boat DIY kit

Our Work Horse Cutting Actual Kit Pieces.

Choosing the right marine grade plywood for your project:

There are many reasons for choosing one particular type of marine plywood or another. In our opinion, the greatest difference between the two available options comes down to one thing: Your finish expectations and the work you are willing to do to achieve them.

Doug Fir Plywood
Doug Fir has wide grain pattern and is fairly wavy. These characteristics can show through to your final finish unless you spend the required countless hours fairing. This often requires repetitious filling and sanding to achieve a smooth finish. If you are not real concerned about how smooth the finish is and don't mind some waves in the finish Doug Fir may be the way to go. It is a more affordable material and I am able to pass the cost savings on to you.

Okoume Mahogany Plywood
Although Okoume Mahogany plywood is more expensive, it has a very flat and tight grain pattern. This characteristic makes a nice smooth finish much easier to achieve than when using Doug Fir. Everyone can appreciate the reduced number of required sanding hours, but many do not anticipate the cost savings realized in the reduced amount of expensive epoxy needed to achieve a smooth finish. Another advantageous characteristic of Okoume Mahogany plywood is how much lighter it is. Weighing 25% less than Doug Fir results in a lighter hull and better fuel economy.

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