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Mini Skiff
Mini Skiff

Mini Skiff

The Mini Skiff was a custom design request for a hull larger than a canoe but not as large as a full skiff. The intent was a car-toppable boat that was stable, had large capacity, easy to build and easy to customize.


The Mini Skiff is not meant for open waters as it only has the same hull depth as typical store-bought canoes. But it will do great on calm waters while hauling 2 adults and a cooler for fishing or recreational boating.

Permanent seats are not required due to the 2 frame sets that are glued and fiberglass to the hull. This allows a builder to customize the hull seating to suit their needs.

The Mini Skiff has a full transom and square stern but it is not meant to hold more than a 2 hp motor. While the hull is very stable as compared to a canoe, weight on board will have to be balanced for ideal stability. Propulsion of the boat can come from small motor, oars, or even paddles. But the intent was for an electric trolling motor.

Keep in mind that this design is somewhat small for a skiff. So some care will have to be taken to maintain comfortable balance.


Overall Length

4.3 m

Max. Beam

1 m
Height at bow/mid/stern
51/33/41 cm
Rocker bow/stern
1.5" / 1"
3.8 / 2.5cm
Recommended weight on board
350 lbs - 600 lbs
159-272 k
Maximum Horse Power
2 hp
Estimated weight*
70-85 lbs.
32- 39 k.

*Weight of hull: Hull weight will depend on skill of the builder and chosen build materials. Achieving the lowest overall weight will require the best materials and a highly skilled builder.

Material Build List


4 Sheets

Epoxy Resin (With 15% waste factor)

3.0 gallons [11.3 Liters]
Fiberglass Cloth: 6-ounce, 60" [200 g/m, 152 cm]
10 yards [9.1 M]
Wood Flour
2 Quarts [2 Liters]

Click here for a downloadable Bill of Materials. To open this file in a separate window, right-click and then choose "open in new window". You will need the free version Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this file.

-Click here for info about purchasing epoxy and fiberglass.

-We also off a precut plywood kit for this model. Click here for info.


For epoxy and fiberglass, starting price will be about $340 plus shipping in the United States depending on the brand and vendor you choose. This doesn't include items such as varnish, brushes, rollers, mixing sticks, gloves, etc. See our list of trusted suppliers.

For marine grade plywood, price will be about $220 if you pick it up yourself. Delivery cost of full sheets of plywood is expensive. Please compare our pre-cut plywood kit price if you are considering having plywood delivered. Our precut kit price may be cheaper than what you'll pay for the full sheets and delivery.

A builder who chooses to draw and cut out all the panels manually can save around $400 over the cost of CNC cut kit. However, drawing and cutting the multiple panels on this design will be time consuming and there will be a risk of error.


Please Note: This is a multi-paneled hull and will require significantly more effort to assemble than some of our other designs. If you're a first-time builder, we highly recommend you consider completing a simpler project first. What you learn on the first project will allow you to build a better, lighter second project.

The hull will required about 70-85 hours to complete. You can save about 10-15 hours with a precut kit. These times are rough estimates and will vary according to the skill of the builder. Please note these are "hands on" hours and do not include the time waiting for epoxy to cure.


Visit our Customer Service Forum to ask questions or see what others are saying about this design.

Plans Packing List:
  • Simple to follow, detailed drawings of each part with all dimensions required to layout and cut from flat plywood sheets.
  • Nesting drawings for the best plywood layout with all panels clearly labeled.
  • Drawings list
    • Plan and Profile
    • Nesting
    • Panel Drawings on A size paper (11" x 17")
    • Frames
    • Quality Assurance Drawings
  • Specific building manual for this boat.
  • Bill Of Materials.

- All dimensions are shown in metric and U.S. Standard units.

Always wear your Personal Floatation Device!

Price: $48.00

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