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  • LENGTH - 31'0"
  • BEAM - 5'3"
  • EMPTY WEIGHT - 1200 lbs
  • DRAFT - 4"
  • SLEEPS - 2 Adults
  • DAY CRUISE - Up to 10 Adults
  • POWER - 7-25 HP Outboard (25 HP Honda is Ideal)
  • BUILDING TECHNIQUE - Instant Boat Building
  • MATERIAL - 1/2" & 3/8" Plywood, Framing Lumber, Acrylic Sheet, Epoxy, Fiberglass Tape
  • WHAT YOU RECEIVE (PDF)- Plans and Manual by E-Mail. Take to a printer and have them printed out.
  • PRICE PDF- $110.00




Reminiscent of a power launch from the turn of the century, Idaho the only really viable outboard cruising boat available today. Other so called OB cruisers all have one or more of four major problems.

  • The first problem is most modern OB cruisers work on the assumption that cruisers should be fast. In fact no one can or really wants to take the pounding of going over 12-15 knots on water for any length of time.
  • Second, to go fast, today's OB cruisers must have huge motors. Even if you have an unlimited bank account you will be hard pressed to feed one of these brutes or to find gas two or three times a day while cruising.
  • Third, the accommodations seem to have been added as an after thought. The berth's are cramped, the galley is clever but almost nonfunctional and there is no or very inadequate head facilities.
  • Finally, the average cost of available OB cruisers is over $18,000. This means that most of them are owned by the bank.

Idaho is the answer to all of these problems. She is extremely efficient, being capable of maintaining 14 knots (over 18 m.p.h.) on only 12 hp.! This is about the maximum comfortable travel speed on water and is much faster than the fastest sailboat. With 25 hp Idaho is capable of a maximum speed of about 25 knots. Idaho is long enough to stretch over the waves in a normal chop, delivering a smooth comfortable ride. The motor is far enough away that it doesn't intrude on your awareness, a major consideration in cruising. Her efficiency is demonstrated by the fact that she makes practically no wake. Of course with only 15-25 hp she daintily sips teacups of gas instead of gulping it by the gallon.

Idaho's open cabin has room for two inflatable mattresses, a screened off area for a porta-potty, and room for a two burner Coleman stove and other galley amenities. Using plywood and epoxy construction Idaho is inexpensive to own and operate, especially when compared to what is available, and will maintain her value for years to come.

Idaho is for anyone who wants an extremely easy to build, fast, efficient, comfortable and affordable camp cruiser that is faster than any sailboat. With so much enclosed space I can get out of the rain, she almost doubles my boating and camping season here in the rainy northwest. My Idaho took me about six months to build, part time and cost me less than 20% of a new Bay liner. In addition, she is much less expensive to operate, is more comfortable and a better camper. One final feature of Idaho is that by having a a flat run from the bow to the stern she is fully wheelchair accessible. If you are so inclined, it is a simple task to modify Idaho by decking her over with a couple of open cockpits making her into a gentleman's speedboat.


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