The conventionally built EIGHT BALL is an ideal first time project. It's also an excellent way to gain boatbuilding experience if constructing larger craft is on the agenda. No building form is required and two sheets of standard 1/4"x4'x8' plywood will plank the entire boat.
The EIGHT BALL is a versatile boat. Use it with oars, a small outboard, or as a sailing dinghy. The mast requires no stays and the sail is a simple sock-type which slips over the mast. An ideal project for young people and a boat that the whole family will enjoy. The compact size makes for easy car-topping, or it can be thrown in a van or pick-up truck. Best of all, it is an inexpensive way to get on the water!
The EIGHT BALL built for sailing features a centerboard that pivots out of the way when not in use. However, for rowing or power, the sailing features can be eliminated.
This kit includes our Kick-Up Rudder fitting instead of Gudgeons & Pintles to allow the rudder to kick-up when needed--for beaching, shallow water, etc. Plus all the hardware and rigging for this boat including a cam cleat for hand's free sailing.