MINIMAXED is a fun boat. It's not intended for rough water and will be wet in a chop. But it's a boat kids love, yes "kids" of all ages enjoy it. This isn't our opinion, written to enhance the boat; it's a fact reported by the many builders.
This is a safe boat. There are watertight (foam filled optional) compartments that will support several hundred pounds even with the cockpit full of water. And with a beam half the length, the boat is exceptionally stable.
Simplicity of building and a lot of boat for the buck were undoubtedly major attractions for the original and this holds true today. We've simplified it even further and utilized modern composites and materials unheard of in the sixties. Full size patterns are furnished for virtually every part in the boat that isn't a straight member; this includes bottom, sides, and deck.
No complicated building form is required. The hull is formed by patterned framing members that are an integral part of the boat. The construction takes advantage of Stitch-n-Glue construction to eliminate shaping, beveling, and fitting many components. The main part of the building is conventional plywood construction as was the original.
The MINIMAXED requires only three sheets of standard 1/4" x 4' x 8' plywood plus a few solid lumber strips. Use the full size patterns, duplicate them to the wood with transfer paper and you're on the way. An ideal father and son or daughter project with the reward of lots of fun when the project is completed.
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