Panga 22 by

[PG22] A rugged work boat style vee hull, simple to build and economical to operate

Length overall22' 10"6.95 m
Beam6' 9"2.05 m
Draft8"0.2 m
Weight992 lbs450 kg
Displacement1940 lbs880 kg
Engine power50 - 90
Hull construction Stich-n-glue
See also Outboard Dory 18Panga 20Panga 25



Amateur builders love our Outboards Dories, OD16 and OD18 because they are simple, economical and easy to build seaworthy boats. Many asked for boats with the same qualities but with a vee-hull. We designed a set of rugged, simple to build work boats with a vee-hull based on a proven work boat type, the Panga.

In Mexico, the word "panga" applies to any small boat but mostly to beach launched skiffs between 18 and 26' long. The pangas have a narrow beam and high bow. They are powered by relatively small outboards

That type of boat is also very common in Africa and in Asia, in particular Indonesia and the Philippines. The most beautiful example of the type is the famous Saintoise, very seaworthy work boats some as long as 35'.

All those boats evolved from the same hull shape: fishing boats designs from the FAO for third world countries.

In the FAO project, the accent was on ease of building and economical operation. Max. HP rating was 10. Because of their hull rocker, the FAO boats were limited to displacement speeds. Builders modified these plans to allow the boats to plane with larger outboards but kept the original narrow beam, fine entry and high bow. The result are fishing boats of moderate speed designed to hold heavy loads while maintaining fuel efficiency.

Our design is based on that hull type. It includes the straight run needed to get on plane. Like other Pangas, our boats are strong but simple to build and economical to operate.

The Panga 22 is a very able boat for it's length. The cockpit is self-bailing up to a displacement of 2,600 lbs. at level trim. She can be made completely unsinkable with the addition of expandable foam under the sole and under the gunwales. Each two gallon kit of foam provides on the average 500 lbs. of flotation. Considering that the hull material has positive buoyancy, we recommend 4 kits for a total of 8 gallons. We recommend a 50 to 75 HP outboard.

At DWL displacement and WOT, a 50 HP will give 29 mph and a 75 will go at 36 mph. The minimum HP required to plane at designed displacement of 2,000 lbs is 30.

Pangas are designed as work boats, not speed boats and while the PG22 can accept engines as large as 115 HP, we do not recommend to install anything larger than 90 HP.

The USCG calculations show a max. HP rating of 125 HP with remote steering and 55 with tiller. This is ridiculously high and not recommended. Stay within our recommended limits..

The interior is clean and simple with a lot of room. With all the open space it can easily accommodate a family for a day on the water.

The builder is given complete freedom in the layout of the boat. As long as the frames shown on the plans are present and common sense is used in weight distribution, almost anything is possible: simple open plan with a center console, thwarts, longitudinal benches, small or large casting deck etc.

The plans show an 18 gallon fuel tank under the casting deck. With the recommended engine, this will provide sufficient range for a full day on the water but if necessary, larger tanks can be installed.


Compared to our flat bottom OD boats, the Pangas with their vee hulls will require a little bit more skill and more labor to build but not much.

Because of their narrow beam, their performance and behavior can not be compared to other vee hulls of the same overall length except for seaworthiness. In the hands of an experienced skipper, they can venture far offshore and take bad weather but they will not offer as much room or speed as a wider boat of the same length.

Panga 22

See also

Design Length Beam Sail area Engine power Compare
Outboard Dory 18 Outboard Dory 18 by
[OD18] Fast planing boat
5.5 m
7' 1"
2.15 m
- 30 - 70
Panga 20 Panga 20 by
[PG20] A rugged work boat style vee hull, simple to build and economical to operate
20' 4"
6.2 m
6' 1"
1.85 m
- 50 - 70
Panga 25 Panga 25 by
[PG25] A rugged work boat style vee hull, simple to build and economical to operate
7.62 m
7' 5"
2.26 m
- 75 - 125

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