Tropic 14

Tropic 14


For our builders we offer full size printed bulkhead/ frame patterns, printed on 24" wide paper which are taped together to provide fulls size outlines. Using the full size patterns and detailed plan sheets, the parts can be accurately marked and cut out. All Plan sheets are printed on Architectural D (24" x 36" ) paper except for the full size frame patterns. 

We are presently changing our plans from paper format (where they were sent out via the post),  to PDF download instead.
So please bear with us as our plans will be unavailable for a short time.  

Whether your into chasing Barra, Mangrove Jack, Red's, Trout or Snook,  the Tropic 14  is easy on the pocket, packed with features and is an ideal mid size family/ multi species fishing boat.

The heart and soul of the Tropic 14, although engineered for exceptional beam to beam stability in the most demanding conditions, her modified-V hull (not flat bottom) and flared bow design creates a super dry ride. But the real beauty of the Tropic 14 is its wide beam, shallow draft, maximum fishable cockpit space, casting platform, and a ton of storage, designed for the tough demands of fishing or family excursions.

Also, with her enhanced style and function, the Tropic 14 lines are easily distinguished from any other boat, even at a glance. While the Tropic 14 is packed with features, the rest is only limited by your imagination. Add more seats, increase the size of the casting platform, add a rear platform, under floor storage, it's up to you. That's the power of imagination.

So for the fisherman who wants a serious boat that delivers the absolute best in safety, reliability, and angling adventure - think Tropic 14, and follow your dreams.

The rest is up to you!


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- Overall Hull length ......14 ft ( 4.26m)
- Beam ...... 6ft-2" (1.86m)
- Deadrise @ Transom ...... 7 degrees
- Engine shaft length ...... L/S (20")
- Recommended Hp ...... 30-40 Hp
- Fuel Capacity ...... Portable Tank

- 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") - 8 Sheet
12mm (1/2”) – 2 sheets

RESIN AND GLASS (For coatings and reinforced areas)
Epoxy Resin & Hardener - 72 kg (12.7 US gal)
400-450gm (12oz) Double Bias - 60 m ( 65 yards)
2 kg (4.4 lbs) glue powder (Cabosil)
2 kg (4.4 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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