Flat Chat 16

Flat Chat 16



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The plans are printed on 2ft by 3ft paper for normal construction drawings and and full size  paper patterns.
By using the full size patterns and detailed plan sheets, the parts can be accurately marked and cut out. 

Flat Chat 16 Plans Price
Australian slang for "Full Throttle" or  "Pedal to the Metal", the Flat Chat 16 is a "flats" or shallow water fishing boat, a term a fitting name for the design.
Built to take shallow water fishing to the next level, whether your into chasing Barra, Mangrove Jack, Reds, Trout or Snook, the Flat Chat 16 is designed to be equipped with the distinctive advantages for both saltwater and freshwater fishing, geared for optimum top end delivery, responsive handling, shallow hole shots and a smooth, dry ride.
     Big on performance and all-around versatility, the Flat Chat 16's sleek, low profile design is designed to be extremely responsive, maneuvering with quiet, controlled ease, even in windy conditions. With her super shallow draft and extra dry ride mean the Flat Chat 16 is right at home whether you're fishing the saltwater estuaries or running a freshwater line on a nearby lake or river to take on a world of angling action.
Tournament level performance at an incredible value - welcome to the Flat Chat 16! Built on an 16' ft plywood composite frame and touting the advanced feel of a feature-packed high performance predator, the Flat Chat 16 is designed to excel in a wide range of open and inland angling. While the wide open floor plan is ideal for coastal anglers, it has an equally strong layout for inland reservoir and river anglers, delivering the ultimate shallow water experience.


- Overall Hull length ......16 ft ( 4.87m)
- Beam ...... 7ft (2.13m)
- Deadrise @ Transom ...... 10 degrees
- Engine shaft length ...... L/S (20")
- Recommended Hp ...... 70-90 Hp
- Fuel Capacity ...... 70-130 litres ( 19USG)
Australian Builders Plate Compliant

- Construction …. Epoxy Fibreglass Plywood Composite Construction


 The following list of materials is approximate and intended for calculation of approximte costs. We offer no guarantees of accuracy.
The list is for all plywood in the construction of the hull, deck and interior. Allowance has been made in the quanties for about 10% wastage. Resin and glass quanties are only approximate.
6mm (1/4") - 6 Sheets
9mm (3/8") - 9 Sheet
12mm (1/2”) – 3 sheets
RESIN AND GLASS (For coatings and reinforced areas)
Epoxy Resin & Hardener - 72 kg (19 US gal)
400-450gm (12oz) Double Bias - 50 m ( 60 yards)
2 kg (4.4 lbs) glue powder (Cabosil)
3kg (6.6 lbs) Q-cells (fairing Powder)
The materials list above covers all the supplies for the boat as designed.
Useage of materials may vary due to several factors. For example, a experienced builder will use less resin.
Our resin calculations are based on a 50% glass content. Options, customization and variations within your build will also effect the bill of materials and outcome.

Anyone can Build a Boat. Its that Easy

Just about anybody can build a boat using the Bowdidge Marine Design Plywood Composite system. This method eliminates many members that ordinarily require fitting, fairing, and beveling. Thus, it's ideal for beginners. A jigsaw and drill are about the only power tools required. The resulting boat is incredibly light weight, strong, and durable.
This quick and easy boatbuilding method consists of plywood planking panels cut to shape from patterns in the plans which are "stitched and glued" together at the seams. Such a boat can be assembled in a matter of hours after cutting out the parts.
The stitching is done with plastic electrical ties passed through small holes along seam edges. These are zipped tight to hold the panels together. The glue is then applied between the stitching and also on the inside in a cove-shaped fillet along the seams, along the outside and inside. After curing, the "stitching" is removed and the gaps filled. Then the hull is covered in glassed.
Plans for all our designs include instructions, material layouts, and material listings. In addition, the patterns provided are precise, since they're taken from the actual 3D modeling and CAD systems.

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