Building a wooden Jon boat is one of the most popular and rewarding ways to get into boating. It’s been a popular option among hobbyists and boating and DIY enthusiast for a long time.
The process of developing or buying plans for small boats and building them from scratch using plywood is not only practical when it comes to the cost of the endeavor versus the cost of a new or second-hand boat, but is also far more exciting and rewarding than just shelling out the cash for someone else built.
It’s much easier to purchase a finished unit and sail away, but it’s both several times more expensive, and you’ll also deny yourself the pleasure of creating something unique on your own.
Additionally to that, if you choose to buy a finished boat, you are stuck with what the manufacturer taught that you’d need. You don’t have the myriad of options and designs that are available to you if you build your own. And even if you do, you’ll end up paying extra for them, which can add up.
If you already decided to build your boat or are just contemplating the idea, you are probably stuck between choosing to buy the entire boat kit and do the assembly or purchase plans for a small plywood boat. This choice depends on you, and how much time and effort you are willing to put into the project of building your boat.
If you have the time and the skills required, or you want the satisfaction of building something unique from scratch, buying just the plans for the boat might be the better choice for you.
On the other hand, you might not have the time, the skills or the patience and power tools needed to start from scratch and manually cut out every part of the boat.
In your case, you should go with a wooden Jon boat kit and assemble it on your own. You’ll get both the feeling of using your hands to build something from scratch and a chance to customize it to your liking, and the additional benefit of saved time and effort.
Of course, a wooden Jon boat is not the only option you have. You can also choose between other popular models of boats such are the Dory Boat or the Whale Boat. The Jon Boat and the Dory are pretty similar – they both use the same way of construction, and you can build both using the simplest boat making method, called the Stitch and Glue.
Both Jon and the Dory Boats are easy to build and can be lots of fun. It doesn’t make much difference which type of boat you are looking to build.
When you decide on the type of boat, and whether you’ll rather build from plans or kits, you’ll in for some hard work and a lot of fun. And once you’re done with your first boat, you can use that knowledge to launch into more complex DIY projects.
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