The basic kit consists of all the plywood parts needed to complete the boat as well as cnc cut building cradles for attaching to the building cradle frame. The solid stock is NOT included in this kit but is purchased locally by the builder to complete the standard kit. This includes the wood for the cradle frame, side stringers, gunwales, keel, centerboard, and cleats needed to stiffen the plywood structure.
Note: When ordering a kit you must specify if you would like the “Aft-deck” model or “Aft-Cockpit” model. There is no difference in price between the two. See below for a comparison.
This kit faithfully produces a perfectly developed Core Sound 17, not a simplified or modified version. Our kits are manufactured to extremely tight tolerances. Instead of plain cut plywood panels, your kit will come with various joining methods which will make it much easier and much faster to assemble. The plywood for the hull panels and longitudinal bulkheads are joined using machined finger scarfs which produce a simple and effective plywood joint. Wire holes for stitching are pre-drilled for you. Bulkheads, both transverse and longitudinal, are tenoned into position. Stringer positions are “CNC-drawn” onto the side panels and bulkheads are cut to accommodate the stringers. Pictured (above) is an assembled hull ready for glass taping the seams and adding the interior.
All plywood is BS1088 okume ply. The pictures shows the machined dovetails in the side and bottom at the bow which gives perfect alignment during assembly.
Aft deck or Aft cockpit?
The “Aft-deck” model shown at right provides a large stowage compartment through a full aft bulkhead hatch or on-deck hatch. One draw back to this option is the need for a motor well to be added for short shaft motors to be used. Long shaft kicker outboards can be used with a bolt on mounting bracket.
The “Aft-cockpit” model has this bulkhead cut down to seat height and the stowage is replace with seating all the way to the transom.