The Tropic 12

TROPIC 12

SAVE TWO THIRDS!  YES, you can build your own boat & SAVE TWO THIRDS of the cost of a factory built power or sailboat. YOU can prove it ... Just look further down the webpage and cost out the COMPLETE BOAT. Build your own & you SAVE 50% of the cost of a USED boat & you do not even have to do all the work yourself to save.

THE MAGNUM 12
Whether you're into chasing Barra, Mangrove Jack, Red's, Trout or Snook, the Tropic 12 is an ideal small estuary/ river boat. Easy on the pocket and packed with features left only to your imagination, the Tropic 12 maximizes it's space with its open and roomy interior, loads of storage and fish-able cockpit space. The design itself shows forward seating, but if you’re into casting lures amongst the mangroves and along river banks and wanting a forward casting deck instead, then you can simply convert the forward seating arrangement into one. The design also comes with side decks for those wanting a place to store rods or when trolling the sand flats etc and she also has storage compartments within the seats .

Within the seats there are 2 large sealed lockers, for all those items you may want locked away, while still retaining the foam filled buoyancy compartments in the outer seat sections, as required to comply with the standards. Designed for ease of construction for the first time builder, it had to be simple and easy to build, without spending everything you have.

SPECIFICATIONS:

- Overall Hull length ......12 ft ( 3.65m)
- Beam ...... 5ft (1.52m)
- Deadrise @ Transom ...... 6 degrees
- Engine shaft length ...... S/S (15")
- Recommended Hp ...... 9.9 - 15 Hp
- Fuel Capacity ...... Portable Tank
- Approx Hull Weight ..... 121 lbs (55 kg)
- Construction …. Epoxy Fibreglass Plywood Composite Construction

TROPIC 12 FEATURES

 TROPIC 12 FEATURES

Just some of the features the Tropic 12 includes:

  • Sleek yet simple and functional lines
  • Shallow yet lightweight hull design for fishing the flats, estuaries and mangroves.
  • Tiller steered
  • Side pockets for all your gear plus more
  • Front casting deck for lure fishing plus easy access to the front locker and trolling motor when deploying
  • Portable fuel tank
  • LEVEL flotation for compliance (we comply to the ABYC standards)
  • Engineered to "Class" or Commercial shipping standards for those offroad or offshore fishing adventures.
  • Easily handled by 1 person when trailering

 TROPIC 12 CONSTRUCTION

TROPIC 12 CONSTRUCTION

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.

Build method in summary:

  • Build the strongback
  • Cut hull parts and assemble onto the strongback
  • Glue together and then glass the hull
  • bog, fair ready for painting
  • Roll hull over
  • Glass the interior 
  • Install buoyancy foam for compliance to meet LEVEL flotation
  • Fit and glass the sole down
  • Install seating and casting deck 
  • Install side decks and other optional fittings
  • Paint the hull
  • Launch day

MATERIALS LIST FOR THE TROPIC 12

The following list of materials is approximate and intended for calculation of approximate 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.

MARINE BS 1088 OR AB GRADE PLYWOOD
6mm (1/4") - 6 Sheets
9mm (3/8") - 1 Sheet

RESIN AND GLASS (For coatings and reinforced areas)
Epoxy Resin & Hardener - 24 kg (6.34 US gal)
195gm (6oz) cloth - 24 m ( 27 yards)
1 kg (2.2 lbs) glue powder (Cabosil)
1 kg (2.2 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.

TROPIC 12 LAUNCHING'S & ADVENTURE'S

THE MAGNUM 12
Whether you're into chasing Barra, Mangrove Jack, Red's, Trout or Snook, the Tropic 12 is an ideal small estuary/ river boat. Easy on the pocket and packed with features left only to your imagination, the Tropic 12 maximizes it's space with its open and roomy interior, loads of storage and fish-able cockpit space. The design itself shows forward seating, but if you’re into casting lures amongst the mangroves and along river banks and wanting a forward casting deck instead, then you can simply convert the forward seating arrangement into one. The design also comes with side decks for those wanting a place to store rods or when trolling the sand flats etc and she also has storage compartments within the seats .

Within the seats there are 2 large sealed lockers, for all those items you may want locked away, while still retaining the foam filled buoyancy compartments in the outer seat sections, as required to comply with the standards. Designed for ease of construction for the first time builder, it had to be simple and easy to build, without spending everything you have.

TROPIC 12 PLANS

COMPLETE BOAT PLANS & FULL SIZE FRAME PATTERNS ...

Delivered by PDF with many extra drawings and photos. The plans have all the information you need to build your own boat. Each plan contains all the construction drawings for plywood composite construction, plus bonus drawings. Plus you will receive a DETAIL FOLIO showing how to make many of your own boat fittings, lists of materials and equipment, all technical information, numerous construction drawings, photo's and written building instructions, examples of the compliance info for the Australian Builders Plate/ European/ and US are all included. You can view & print the drawings in full or in sections. BUILDING PHOTOS are included in the plan package.
.... PLUS you can also subscribe for membership as an "INSIDER"  to our Boatbuilding forum and ... become a part of BMD's boat building club !!

 Tropic 12 Plans Price.
AU $246

Tropic 12

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Australia. Qld
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