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Flat Bottom
Scow-Type Boat

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shallow backwaters and weed patches
on lakes and rivers will find this flat-bottom
scow-type boat an ideal craft. Although
the boat is only 12 ft. long, its wide, flat
bottom provides more usable space than
most round or V-bottom boats of similar
size. Low-cost, readily available materials
are used throughout. Frames, gunwales,
deck beams, chine logs, seat stringers and
seat back are made of pine lumber. The
runners and chine moldings are solid oak.
AB-grade exterior plywood is used for the
deck, bottom and side planking and transom—
3/8-in. stock for the former and 3/4-in.
stock for the latter.
Start construction by cutting out the
planking. To assure correctly fitted parts
and reduce assembly time, make a full-size
half pattern of the bottom lengthwise.
After tracing one half the bottom from the
pattern, the latter is flipped over and the
other half is traced on the plywood panel
used for this purpose. Next cut the chine
logs, seat stringers and frame members according
to the dimensions given. Position
the frame side members on each of the plywood
sides as required. Then glue and
temporarily nail them in place, using small
finishing nails of a length that will not
penetrate the outer ply. Before the glue
sets, turn the sides over and fasten the
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