Ahoy! I'm a newbie to this forum, an experienced woodworker, yet a greenhorn when it comes to boat building, however I'm preparing myself to make a big stab at it. I'll try not to bore anyone, & cram a lot into a short space.
I have been studying the Garvey Type boats & have decided that it should be my first attempt, as at my age it may well be the last. For my purposes, wants & needs, I have spent weeks in the decision making. Only to find out that I can't seem to find any web address to order the plans I had decided on, as it appears "Dynamite" must have retired. His web site order forms didn't come up for me, and in the process of looking for them I ran across your sites, Mortons and Matts. So, then I started over again, studying your plans..
Now, having tons more info than is necessary at this time, I have decided that I would like to build the Garvey Flex 12', but with a few modifications (what's new?).
I'll state some of the reasons, possibly giving you Ol' Salts some new leather to chew on, and some of you fellow novices some things to think about when you start to build. I may have to put this in MY Wish List also... ?
I am looking for a boat that I can cartop on the Toad we tow behind the motorhome. When we go camping we can either tow the car, or take our runnabout boat, but can't have both unless we take another extra vehicle also.
So I would like to build one that's easily manhandled by one man, light enuff to be cartopped, yet big enough to fit 3 adults cozily, stable enough for us old obese folks on teetery sea legs to enter and exit without ending up in the soup. Therefore, I would like the shorter GF12 to have the beam of the GF14, at 5' 3" or more). I also like the depth of the 14'er, but didn't care for the 14' plans as the floor appeared to offer more stumbling obstacles for strength to worry about, not in the 12'er, and had the extra weight of course.
I'd like her to be structurely strong enough to handle a 10 HP (as that's what I have) at speeds and chop(with the wider panels)....
I like having the rear seat moved forward as in the 12'er, yet I would like to see it replaced with split seats in the rear, attached to the stern (for strength) and stretched even farther forward for leading edge. They could then be used fruitfully with a small outboard. The reason being: if you've ever had a boat with a rear seat up tight against the stern then you know how hard it is to steer, forcing you to move forward anyway or stand, and making the seat itself pretty much worthless.
This would also provide room for a 6 gal. tank between the seats in the rear, and if the seats had liftable hatch lids then a place for a 12v. batt. also (opposite the seat you would normally sit on to drive).
This would also move the load forward if there were only one occupant, thus bringing the nose down a little from the awkward attitude it takes with only one person in the boat.
I'm sure there are nautical terms for everything I'm mentioning, Please have patience with me as l'm reaching beyond my everyday working vocabulary and it will take time for me to gather it all in.
Some other little things I would like to see, like changing the front seat into a deck on the top, mainly for appearances, with stow hatch under, yet could still be used as a third seat if "still" fishing.
These ideas aren't new to me, and I have formulated some drawings from a few years back when I first conceived the ideas. I don't know how to post html or pics on here yet, so anything would have to be transmitted by email until I get my sea legs.
The 12' Dingy Vee (strengthened & with wider beam) might even be a starting point... haven't looked at it that much.
Any ideas? All thoughts appreciated. And if this ol' fogey appears foggy, then tell me that too.