Building Phil Bolger’s June Bug

June Bug is a 14 ft. boat for rowing and sailing, designed by marine architect Phil Bolger as a home-mooring tender. He describes it in his book 30-Odd Boats (now out of print ).  Plans may be purchased from Harold "Dynamite Payson at  I had already built  Bolger’s Pointy Skiff  and Nymph.  We used the Nymph as a dinghy for our Cal 2-27.  I loved how it towed and rowed, but my 4’11” wife found it too tippy from which  to comfortably step up to the mother ship.  I figured June Bug’s flat bottom  would provide the initial hull stability we needed.  Besides, I just wanted an excuse to build another boat!

Fore & Aft side panels are joined using thefiberglass butt joint described by Dynamite Payson and Dave Carnell.

The side panels are attached to the stem, frames and transom.

The shape of the bottom is transferred onto a plywood sheet.

The bottom panel is cut along the scribed line.

Forward and after panels of the bottom are butted together.

Chine logs are buttered up with epoxy to affix the bottom panel.

My son Tim planes smooth the rough-cut bottom panel edges. He seems skeptical the hand tools really work.

My son Tim removing sheet-rock screws used to hold items together while the epoxy set.

Interior view.

Another interior view.

The forward flotation compartment.

Setting in the mast step.

The after flotation compartment

The bottom with skids attached.

A detail of the leeboard slot attached to the port side.

Tim and I laying out the mast taper.

Interior of hull painted white.  Masking tape water line on side.

Front shot. Starting to paint topsides blue.

Masking tape marks the water line.

Painting the topsides blue.

Interior view of painted hull. Stained and varnished trim pieces applied.

Note dolly to right, made of 2 x 4 and 8 inch lawn mower wheels, with ½ inch lag screws as axles.

The dolly makes moving hull pretty easy on grass and packed dirt, but hard on sand.

Painted and fully rigged.  Will she float?


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