Garvey 18 by

[GF18] A simple and economical 18' flat bottom garvey in the style of the Carolina Skiffs

Length overall17' 5"5.31 m
Beam7' 1"2.16 m
Weight476 lbs216 kg
Engine power25 - 40
Hull construction Stich-n-glue
See also Garvey 17



Simple and sturdy where the priorities set for this design. The hull is based on our flat bottom garveys like GF16 but our smaller garveys were narrow. We kept their bottoms narrow enough to fit on the width of standard sheet of plywood. The beam to length ratio of GF18 is much higher and this produces a very stable boat.

The GF18 can be kept very simple or customized with sole and center console. The plans show all these options with dimensions for all parts.

The basic version has no sole (floor) on the stringers, plain benches and a casting deck. The frames can be made either from plywood or from 1x3 boards. That no frills version should be powered by an outboard with tiller steering of max. 25 HP. She is light, cost little and will plane with 4 persons onboard.

With the sole, the cockpit is self bailing up to a displacement of 1,500 lbs.! The space under the sole can be filled with foam to make the boat unsinkable. The sole and foam also adds strength and stiffness to the hull. Thanks to the remote steering on the console, the max. HP rating per USCG calculations is 75 HP but we recommend 40 HP. This boats transom is designed for a standard 20" shaft. The transom can easily be modified to accept other shaft lengths

Garvey 18

See also

Design Length Beam Sail area Engine power Compare
Garvey 17 Garvey 17 by
[GV17] A stable vee hull available in six different deck versions
16' 8"
5.07 m
6' 11"
2.1 m
- 30 - 75

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