FAQS ABOUT KITS
Why don’t blueprints come with the kit?
Typically, builders spend some time with a variety blueprints, before settling on a design to build. The various designers choose how they sell their blueprints, either keeping it in-house or using resellers such as WoodenBoat and Duckworks.
How complete are the kits?
Each designer chooses how complete he wants to make the kit. All include building moulds and planks; some include many more parts and patterns. A picture of the parts included in each kit is found under the dropdown list for each designer.
How skilled do I need to be to build a kit boat?
There is not any one thing that is technically difficult, just many small steps, each one important and affecting the next one. Reading plans, doing your research and knowing when to ask questions is more important than the woodworking ability. The plans from the various designers include the necessary information to build the boat, but won’t teach you how to be a boatbuilder. Two instruction books that I recommend are Iain Oughtred’s ‘Clinker Plywood Boatbuilding Manual’ and the more comprehensive John Brooks ‘How to Build Glued Lapstreak Wooden Boats’. The instructional videos from OffCenterHarbor.com are invaluable in walking you through each step, particularly the 42 parts series on building the Caledonia Yawl.
What tools do I need?
Table saw, chop saw, cordless drill, sharp hand planes and chisels, jig saw, and an assortment of hand tools.
What kind of plywood do you use?
Most kits are made from European 1088 okoume plywood. We use Bruynzeel, Joubert (both manufactured in France) and occasionally Compensati Toro (Italian).
Where specified by the designer, we use sapele and meranti.
Can I upgrade my kit to sapele?
Yes, but it may add time to the order. We keep okoume in stock; there is sometimes a wait to get sapele ordered
Can you change or alter a kit design?
No, we are specifically prohibited from altering a designer’s work, without his express written consent
Are your kits approved by the designers?
Yes, we have signed agreements with all of our designers and pay royalties on all kits sold. We have no ‘in-house’ designs.
Is lumber included?
No, we have not found it cost effective to have long lengths of lumber shipped to us and then shipped out to the customer. Most builders can locally source their own lumber. We have on occasion sourced the lumber, but for most kits, I do not have enough information to supply the lumber
Can I include extra sheets of plywood in the order?
Do you include masts, sails, epoxy, paint, sandpaper, fasteners, and oars?
What is the lead time?
Four weeks on a standard kit.
How do I pay?
You can call in a credit card or mail us a check
Is there sales tax?
No sales tax is charged on orders shipped out of state by common carrier (freight or UPS) Order shipped within state or picked up at our shop are accessed a 5.5% Maine sales tax.
Can I just get the CAD files and mill the parts myself?
We are specifically prohibited by license from sharing the designer’s CAD drawings with another party.
I’m looking for a kit that you don’t list.
We list every Oughtred kit that has been worked up into CAD drawings. If it is a Vivier kit that is listed on his website, we can cut it. We do not cut the Ilur, Morbic, or Jewell, as another machinist holds the exclusive license for those designs.
I have paper blueprints for a kit that I would like?
We cannot machine parts from paper prints. They need to be turned into CAD drawings, which is possible, but not inexpensive.