Gulf Explorer 16



The plans have all the information you need to build your own boat... Each plan contains all the construction drawings, everything you need to build your boat.
Plus.... you can also join our private subscription based BOAT BUILDING FORUM if you wish, to assist with your build

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. 

Gulf Explorer 16 Plans Price
Whether your into chasing Barra, Mangrove Jack, Reds, Trout or Snook, big boat attitude in a small easy package easily describes the Gulf Explorer 16 in perfect detail.
Truth be told, the Gulf Explorer 16 is simply a great all-around boat for fishing the backwaters/ esturies and mangroves.
With her shallow draft, solid beam-to-beam stability, loads of storage and more space, the features of the Gulf Explorer 16 is redefining fishability a price you will applaud.
As a plywood stitch and glue composite plywood design, the Gulf Explorer 16 has a large open 12ft x 6ft (3.65m x 1.82m) cockpit providing you with plenty of fish fighting room, storage areas in the aft compartments and also under the raised front deck.
With a large double console, with tons of room for electronics and the capacity for a 75 litre fuel tank for those long days on the water, the Gulf explorer 16 is packed with features that are limited by only your imagination.
Easy to maintain and trailer, the Gulf Explorer 16 will provide you with years of family fun and fishing memories.
Gulf Explorer 16


- Overall Hull length ......16 ft ( 4.87m)
- Beam ...... 7ft-2" (2.18m)
- Deadrise @ Transom ...... 10 degrees
- Engine shaft length ...... L/S (20")
- Recommended Hp ...... 50-75 Hp
- Fuel Capacity ...... 70-100 litres ( 19USG)
- Construction …. Epoxy Fibreglass Plywood Composite Construction
Australian Builders Plate Compliant


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") - 8 Sheets
9mm (3/8") - 12 Sheet
12mm (1/2”) – 4 sheets
RESIN AND GLASS (For coatings and reinforced areas)
Epoxy Resin & Hardener - 72 kg (19 US gal)
400-450gm (12oz) Double Bias - 70 m ( 76 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.