"Bill Collector"

by Matt
(N.S. Canada)

first wet test

first wet test

Hi all, this is my 12 foot duck boat I call "Bill collector".

Made for fishing rather than waterfowl.

I made this in the spring from "Sneakbox" plans found on the Svenson's website.

It is pine framed and sides, fir hulled with epoxy resin coating, fibercloth embedded in the first 1/3 of the hull.

Pecan stain where not painted, floor is marine paint and sealed, diamond pattern foam rubber lined floor.

The keel and runners are maple.

I have outfitted with a sounder, lights, trolling motor, and run a resurrected 50's Johnson QD-16 outboard (yes its fast).

This little boat was a blast to build and performs better than I could have ever dreamed!

Two large guys can stand and move around at will with absolutely no sense of tipping, and is light enough to simply pick up and load in a truck with ease.

I have had many compliments from people when I take this boat on the water.

Total cost less than $700 with materials left over, and around 40 hours spread out over a few weeks.

I hope you like it.


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How fast
by: Chris

Greetings Matt, this looks great, can you give me a little more info on its speed and how little water she will float in with two adults?

Questions on bill collector
by: Ivan

Do you know what year of book these instructions came out of? 1950 or?

duckboat weight
by: Matt

Hi Mike, the boat is likely close to 200 lbs so 2 persons makes it easier to handle.

I did scratch build one similar for a gift for a friend that was 11 foot and bit narrower that one guy can handle,

I'll try and share some pics of that later.


by: Mike

Just wondering about how much the boat weighs?

Can it be handled by one man?

Bill Collector
by: Matt

Gene, the plans were free on the Svenson site, called "sneakbox" and was reasonably simple.

Mike, thanks, I have got the boat bug for sure, and no beers on the water, but as seen in the pics, lots of fish and our favorite coffee! :)


by: Mike

Hey Matt you seem to have caught the boat building bug.

Or wasn't "Little Sanity" big enough for all those fish and the beer too? ;-)

Bill Collector
by: Gene

Great boat, Matt, looks a lot like the melon seed that Chappell described.

Are plans available or did you come up with your own?

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