14′ Panga Skiff

Design Brief

Working with Wolverine Boatworks of Winnipeg, Canada, we set out to create an efficient, seaworthy, and easy-to-handle aluminum skiff.  Although there is an abundance of aluminum skiffs in this size range, this one had to be different.  First, this boat was to be designed around a 9.9 hp gasoline outboard with the ability to cruise at 14 knots.  This was accomplished using lightweight aluminum construction, a relatively narrow waterline beam, and the unique hull shape seen in the Japanese Panga fleet (see below).  The second difference was that she must have a handsome appearance not found on the average aluminum skiff.  The curved sheer line, rounded vertical bow shape, and the addition of varnished mahogany or teak accomplished this goal while adding a feeling of warmth and comfort. 

Construction

As the design progressed, we quickly realized that the 14’ Panga would also be perfect for plywood construction as well.  With hull and structure created from developable surfaces, which means they can be cut from sheet materials, most of the major components are to be cut with computer controlled router or laser cutter.

The plywood version of the hull is similar to stitch and glue which includes a layer of fiberglass on the exterior and some tabbing of the frames and panel joints on the interior. 

Marine plywood and solid wood is used to construct the seat tops and benches in both the aluminum and plywood versions. 

Unique Hull Shape

One of the key characteristics of the 14’ Panga is the unique delta pad as seen in the Japanese Pangas. 

As the boat speed increases, the boat will rise onto the delta pad, increasing efficiency.  When the going gets rough, the fine entry, high deadrise bow, and ample flare will ensure a comfortable and dry ride at slower speeds. 

Safety

The 14’ Panga was carefully designed to meet ABYC recommendations and Transport Canada requirements for buoyancy when swamped and weight and horsepower capacities. 

Flotation foam is installed in the bow past the forward bulkhead under the foredeck and in the stern under the aft deck to meet the requirements for level flotation when swamped, creating a safe situation for the crew if an emergency situation was to arise. 

Options

The 14’ Panga includes a few options to customize the boat to the customer’s needs and uses.  The boat was designed with two different gunwale options; a washboard gunwale (pictured above) and a canoe gunwale.  

The canoe gunwale offers a handsome solution while being easier to construct and will be appreciated by fisherman hauling in their dream fish, while the washboard gunwale will offer another layer of security, especially with small children on board.  

Availability

The 14′ Panga will be offered as plans with additional full size templates or a cut file package of all hull panels and structure.  A kit package is in the works too, so please stay tuned.  

A fully constructed aluminum 14′ Panga is being offered by Wolverine Boatworks.  Contact Craig for pricing and availability.