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#94685 12/23/04 09:15 AM
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Here is a question for local boat experts.

When we were in AC I was very impressed with the design and handling of the local boats. Excellent in rough water, capable of carrying a heavy load at good speed in a nasty chop and still provide a comfortable and dry ride, relatively speaking.

I've never seen a design anywhere else quite like them. They seem to be a cross between a Bahamian skiff, a New England dory and a Chesapeake workboat. All seemed to have about the same hull design no matter if she was 17 or 37 feet. Both pretty to look at and capable.

I build boats and airplanes as a hobby, just finished a plane and now need a new project. I would like to build a Belizean skiff.

Who builds these local boats? I assume they are not production boats, but one offs built in local yards? Does anyone know where I might buy a set of plans or line drawings that I could loft? What construction techniques are used? They appear to be glass over wood and not molded.

Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thanks and Merry Christmas to all.

#94686 12/23/04 10:04 AM
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google Mexican panga

#94687 12/23/04 10:52 AM
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Thanks. That helps, at least I know what they are called now :-)

#94688 12/23/04 11:09 AM
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A company in Belize, Bradley Boat Yard, builds a small skiff, but not what you may be inquiring about.

It sounds like what you are looking for is a Mexican skiff. The Mexicans have designed a great boat for all the reasons you listed plus a bunch more.

Most are build with foam and coated with fiberglass. Fiberglass coated plywood can be used for flooring and other additions.

Mimsa is a name of one of the manufacturers in Mexico.

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#94689 12/23/04 12:40 PM
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www.panga.com

US distributors The beam is a little narrow for my taste but still a good low cost all around boat

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Thanks, SIN and Robert. The Mexican pangas are exactly what I was looking for. Once I knew what they were called I found several sources for plans, so my new Georgia/ Mexican Panga will soon be under construction.

I've always preferred a wider beam too, Robert, but I've never been in a boat that handled chop like the pangas. I bet they roll something fierce if you tried to drift fish in a sea, but they sure ride nice. Plus they are just a good looking boat. Can't have everything, that's why ya need more than one boat! Thanks again!

#94691 12/23/04 03:36 PM
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I think that is why so many boats have feminine names. It is hard to find one that will do everything you want done.

That is why a guy needs more than one. cool

#94692 12/23/04 04:06 PM
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Thanks By, I knew there was a reason a man needed more than one, I just couldn' put my finger on it.

#94693 12/23/04 07:05 PM
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Its not a local skiff but you might check out a Penobscot 14 (by Arch Davis).I built one last year and its a great little boat.Will take the biggest waves and travels high in water.
Check it out. Horse

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Thanks Horse. I'm familiar with the Penobscot and Arch Davis. Excellent but I'm looking to build something around 24 feet.

Where ya been, By? Right as usual....

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