Flats Stalker 18

Bill of Materials
1. The Strongback
2. The Pencil
3. Wood Butchering
4. Transom
5. Joining Panels
6. Round Chine Option
7. Jig Assembly
8. Stitching it all together
9. Tabbing & Filleting
10. Fiberglassing the Seams
11. Glassing the Hull Bottom
12. Fiberglassing the Sides
13. Fairing Slurry
14. Fairing - A Strategy
15. Fairing the Outside (Cont'd)
16. Skeg
17: Rubrails
18. Primer
19. Hull Flip
20. Inside Taping
21. Inside Cloth
22. Stringers & Knees
23. Installing Frames
24. Sole
25. Rod Holders
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  (Last update 5/26/09)

I've always wanted to build my own boat, but budget & space were always an issue. I regularly check in on the boat building forums at Bateau2.com (Bateau2.com Forums). Recently the designer, Jacques Mertens, took the feedback and requests from the message board posters and designed an inexpensive, shallow draft, poling skiff similar to Hell's Bay Glades Skiff .
The new design was named the Flats Stalker 18.

Details (aka Study Plans) on this design can be found here: FS18 Study Plans.

I started the project by taking a few days to review the plans and reading the builder's notes. The plans are very thorough, and all the dimensions are available, but sometimes you have to do some studying to find everything you need.

Most of the building process will be documented and an estimation given for the time I've spent on each step. Please note that the time is based on me working alone, without any assistance. I'll note any steps where I had help.



The Hells Bay Glade Skiff is a similar design to the Flats Stalker 18.  Here's a comparison table:

Flats Stalker 18
H.B. Glades Skiff
Length Over All (ft)
Beam (Inches)
Draft (Inches/# of Lbs)
4"/1100 lbs.
2.5"/ ?? lbs
~250 - 300
Fuel Capacity
7.5 gals
Engine Type
Max Horsepower

Building Progress


Current view from the garage...
Poling Platform

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FS 18 Renderings

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Hells Bay Glades Skiff for comparison

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Please get in touch and let me know what you think of this site.

Last Updated Mayl 26th, 2009