"Creek Rat" 14 ft jon boat build (COMPLETE! 8-23)


After some convincing by Cracker Larry, I got the plans for the GF14 from http://www.bateau.com. I want to build it for inshore fishing and beating around and whatnot so she'll get a work boat finish. My epoxy and fiberglass just got here and I've got my work space set up. I've even got van bench seats for the ladies to come hang out and watch me work. I recently got a fancy camera and am itching to use it so expect quite a few pictures.

I did a rebuild on a 13ft Malibu a couple years ago and that's what really got me inspired to build this new boat. You can check out the pictures at this link (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.528207271695.2030656.46403067&type=3&l=86f489a40c). I plan to make a photo album on my Facebook and use it to host the pictures to post on this here forum.

Now I'm just waiting for that plywood to get here so I can get to building.










-Capt. Chris Rapchick

yella bote
no motor
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I've got the plans for a small, lightweight, aluminum jackplate in the event I have to go with a 20" (~21+" actual length) motor.


Just making suggestions, I know you know boats, but I know this one. It won't be happy with a jack plate because of the set back of weight. As I mentioned in the Bateau forum, these boats are already light in the bow and need some weight forward. Any setback will magnify that. Better to build the transom at 22 now rather than adding height with a jack plate.

The boat will run best with the AV plate about an inch above the bottom so allow for that, also.


Capt. Larry Teuton
Cracker Built Custom Boats
That's a good point Larry, I will build the transom at 22" and then see what motor I end up with.

Does anyone have a good source for a rubber rub rail? I'll build a 1 1/2" X 3/4" rub rail along the gunwales, but I know that fiberglass/wood rub rail won't hold up against oyster shells and dock pylons for very long.
Originally posted by Rapchizzle

That's a good point Larry, I will build the transom at 22" and then see what motor I end up with.

Does anyone have a good source for a rubber rub rail? I'll build a 1 1/2" X 3/4" rub rail along the gunwales, but I know that fiberglass/wood rub rail won't hold up against oyster shells and dock pylons for very long.


Taco rub rails
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My plywood came in today and I got to measuring quickly after work. I cut the stern panel of the sides with a fine tooth blade on a 7 1/4" circular saw and found out quickly the blade was dull. I'm not very happy with the cuts but I have no doubt I'll be able to remedy that issue when I start putting everything else together. I then switched to a different blade and the cuts were much better.


My rub rails, spray rails, runners, and cleats all ripped to the correct width. I used 1" x 4"s and 1" x 6"s of Southern Yella Pine and ripped them to the specified widths for each piece.


I'm using Meranti BS6566 and got 4 sheets of 1/4" and 3 sheets of 1/2".



My bow floor all measured out and ready to cut.


My side panels stacked, measured, marked and ready to cut.


This is when I cut the bow side panels. I fine toothed blade was dull so it made cutting hard and I got some pretty crooked and nasty cuts. I figure that with all the extra epoxy and whatnot I ordered, I'll be able to fill it in to the point it's 100% structurally sound and when it's all done, no one will know but me (and you...) about the crappy cuts. I switched over to another sharper blade for the rest of the cuts. I'm not impressed with using the bigger saw and will try to get a smaller one for the rest of the cuts even though I'm pretty much done with most of the curved cuts.


I got my side and bottom panels all lined up with the butt blocks ready for glue.


I have the butt blocks glued and weighted and am looking forward to see how they turn out.


Crooked cuts on the stern side panels.


I found this bad boy floating out in front of our island this afternoon! It's a 110 acre undeveloped barrier island so we get anything and EVERYTHING washing up on our beach. I've found a few plugs, good 5 gal buckets, 1 pair of matching flip flops a couple months apart, message in a bottle, hypodermic needles, etc.
Coming along nicely, thanks for the update.

Now what about those girls everyone's been talking about?



Originally posted by Bolbie

...the harbor was slick as an eel pecker.
Ha right now, it's only a few of us staff members here and we're just getting the camp ready for the kids to come. The new staff arrives this weekend so my attention will be halfway diverted from the build in the evening times.
I tried chiseling it off but wasn't pleased with the job I did. I got the new side panels cut and the new butt blocks glued on this evening. Tomorrow I'll start assembling the pieces of the puzzle and hopefully they'll fit!







I did a much cleaner cut on the side panels this time and am pretty happy with the way they turned out. Also found another good 5 gallon bucket washed up on our island today.
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OK! What your telling us, is that you are going to be getting a bunch of Summer hire, staff hotties, to fill those seats
Keep it up Rap, I love these boat building threads!

I'm very seriously considering starting my own build, the FS18.



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