Inlet Runner 16

Inlet Runner 16 powerboat plans


Garvey Powerboat

~ Stitch-&-glue plywood

~ Owner-build

~ Inshore fishing boat

~ Diveboat

~ Jon boat

~ Customise to suit your needs

~ Center console option

~ Build from plans or plans & patterns

~ Or build from a CNC plywood kit




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Kevin Agee, who commissioned this design, had little woodworking experience and none at building boats. Yet, he wanted to build a boat for himself. He is an experienced fisherman, with the mouth and surrounding waters of Chesapeake Bay being his normal waters. He has a bigger boat that he uses for fishing on these sometimes lumpy waters but wanted one that he could use in the shallower waters and inlets around the edges of the Bay. He wanted it for catching bait fish and cruising in the shallow areas, one that would provide a good platform for swimming and socialising and a boat that would be less fuel-thirsty than his bigger boat. The result has proven to be everything that he wanted of his new boat.

Inlet Runner 16 powerboat plans
The Inlet Runner 16 has a garvey hull form,which produces a boat that can get onto the plane quickly even with a big load aboard. Designed primarily for construction by amateurs, it is plywood using stitch-&-glue methods. Thicknesses are 9mm for the hull and 6mm for the decks. The transom is multiple layers of 9mm plywood bonded together.
Inlet Runner 16 powerboat plans
Internal structure is 9mm bulkheads that have tabs at the edges, to lock accurately into slots in both the hull and deck panels. The wetdeck and foredeck are supported by stringers that are slotted into the bulkheads. The hull bottom has runners to protect the bottom when beaching but also serve as planing strakes and external stringers.
Inlet Runner 16 powerboat plans
Kevin Agee took his new boat to the Wooden Boat Show in Mystic CT before he even got to launch it. There he received the runner-up award in the powerboat division, with his first boatbuilding project.

These photos show the basic boat, which can be customised to suit a variety of needs. It can have swivelling seats bolted on for bass or similar fishing. I will add an option for centre console with helm seat but it is not on the drawings at time of writing. A Jon boat configuration will also be offered, for those who don't want a wetdeck.
Inlet Runner 16 powerboat plans
We have added a center console option, built off the deck of the standard wet-deck version. It is above the fuel tank and shaped to allow removal of the tank access panel without removing the console. The battery moves from under the deck to the stowage compartment inside the steering console. A seat in front of the console has more stowage under it.
Inlet Runner 16 powerboat plans
Inlet Runner 16 powerboat plans
We are offering plans for the Inlet Runner 16 in various formats, to allow builders to choose the information to suit their needs and budget.

1. Build from plans and offsets. You will draw the panels from diagrams and dimensions on the drawings. This is the stock plan on our pricelist.

2. Add optional full-size paper patterns. This adds full-size patterns of all plywood components, plotted onto 914mm (36") wide paper roll media. This short-cuts the process of drawing the plywood parts but paper patterns deteriorate fairly quickly with changing atmospheric conditions, so they cannot be stored for later use.

3. Add optional full-size Mylar patterns. This is the same information as option 2 but it is printed onto stable Mylar media, which can be stored indefinitely without deterioration.

4. Add optional centre console drawings.

We also have accurate CNC plywood kits available, shipped to your door. The long panels are assembled with jigsaw joints for quick and simple construction by amateurs.

All options except for the centre console include illustrated building instructions to guide you through the process. Our normal backup service comes at no charge to the buyer of the plans. The plans are drawn in the metric system and dimensioned with both millimetres and inches, so can be built in either the metric or imperial measurement system.

Inlet Runner 16 powerboat plans
Inlet Runner 16 powerboat plans
Inlet Runner 16 powerboat plans


LOA - 4.86m [15' 11"]

Beam - 1.82m [5' 11"]

Hull draft - 0.19m [7.5"]

Weight - Approx 180kg [400lb]

Displ to DWL - 535kg [1180lb]

Max power - 37kW [50hp]


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This page was updated 22 November 2017