BANDIDO is a luxury offshore performance boat offering high-tech performance and construction methods to match the exotic production boats, at a fraction of the cost. You can build yours in Wood or Fiberglass with a wide array of powering options. The trailerable hull, capable of 50+ knot speeds in offshore conditions, features a 22o minimum deep vee with radiused keel section and lift strakes.
Your BANDIDO can be set up with single or twin inboards (either diesel or gasoline), driving through I/O units, vee-drives, surface propeller drives, or with jets with minor modifications (although not specifically detailed). Or use twin outboards if you like (a single outboard engine is also possible within certain limitations as explained in the plans.) The choice is yours, and a large fuel capacity means long range even with larger motors.
Because of the high performance potential of the BANDIDO, construction is aimed at the conscientious builder willing to follow instructions and use the best materials. With the Wood Version, we specify cold-molded wood veneers or plywood strips laid up in multiple layers diagonally applied, all bonded together preferably with an epoxy bonding and encapsulating system. A layer of fiberglass on the exterior is used for abrasion resistance and added durability. A carefully designed structural "grid" framing system emphasizing longitudinal stringer webs makes a strong, yet lightweight hull.
With the Fiberglass Version, several materials and "one-off" methods are detailed, depending on the builder's budget, abilities, and desires. The fiberglass planking option is probably easiest and cheapest of the fiberglass methods for the novice, but not the lightest in weight. The sandwich core option, using a core material of PVC foam or end-grain balsa, is perhaps a bit more costly, but somewhat lighter in weight. Both systems result in strong boats well within the average amateur's abilities.
The High-Tech version is for the builder who wants the ultimate in light weight and performance potential. The fiberglass hull consists of a sandwich core using rigid PVC foam or end-grain balsa. The super-thin high strength skins are made from aerospace-type S-Glass uni-directional and triaxial fiberglass reinforcements. The high-tech version can be built using conventional "one-off" methods, or for the more adventurous type, vacuum bag methods suitable for many amateurs more fully explained in our text, FIBERGLASS BOATBUILDING FOR AMATEURS. This system can result in a structure that weighs less than 2000 lbs! Procedures used to build the high-tech version are not any more difficult than the other methods, however, they do require care and attention to detail.
Regardless of the construction method, all BANDIDOs feature a plush cabin with galley provisions and a head, a spacious and safe cockpit, and a roomy sun deck lounge. All plans include Full Size Patterns and comprehensive instructions to simplify construction. So why wait? Fulfill that dream now and save thousands.
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