This design is one of Phil’s so-called Instant Boats. Believe me, it’s not that Instant. In any case, we’ll cut out the sides first and then bend them around the bulkhead frames. If you want to know how to build a boat you’ve come to the right place, because that’s what we did, learning as we went. Roof Rack, A tiny load carrier for the smaller yacht or launch.
The design of a sharpie is a very particular affair. One was published around 1910 which brought down the scorn of my father. That’s how difficult building a wooden boat seems to me. I keep reading that boat building is the most difficult form of wood working — far more complicated than fine furniture building. People have been telling me I’m unhandy since I was a small child. When my son was 3 years old, I made a small bathtub boat with him, using scrap wood and a piece of dowel. It lasted much longer and got more of his attention than any dollar-store bath toy, and about six years later we decided to try building a larger boat for the pool and local ponds we fished.
From The Yachting Archives: How To Build A Sharpie Sailboat