Frequently Asked Questions
How do I build a boat?
Anyone can build a boat. To find detailed step-by-step instructions on how to build your own Classic Balmain Boat Company rowboat, click here for USA instructions or Australian instructions.
To build your own BBCo Sailboat, click here for USA instructions or Australian instructions.
How long will it take me to build?
The boat should only take around 16 hours to put together + some drying time. We suggest doing it over two weekends so that the materials can effectively glue together. Remember most of the fun is in building it.
What size is the boat?
The boat is 2.4m (7’8”) long and 1.3m (4'3") wide, with a waterline length of 6’.
What paint should I use on the boat?
You will get the best results from using specialty marine paint. We recommend sanding back the timbers, then using a 2 pack primer/under coat and ‘toplac’ (a gloss marine enamel) for the bright work. ‘International paints’ are our favorite but there are many others you can choose.
Can I create my own figurehead?
Yes, you can personalise your figurehead for a small additional cost. The boats come with standard figureheads, either Nicole's fairy penguin or Andrew's flying seal, but you can create your own! Send us a photo of what you would like on your personalised figurehead - ideas from other BBCo fans include a puffin, a leaping frog, or the family pet.
How many people will fit in the boat?
The boat can take up to 3 adults. However, you should always have the heaviest person in the middle and that person should be the first to get in and the last to get out. Remember always put your feet in the middle of any boat and don’t step off from the side ledge or the boat will tip over.
Can I attach an outboard motor?
Yes, the transom is 60mm deep so the clamp on your outboard will need to open this far.
Can I order a specialty wood?
Yes, you can. We have a range of non-standard woods available, including ply, hoop pine and pacific maple. Contact us to discuss your options.
Will you ship overseas?
Yes, we ship overseas. See our shipping info page.
If I don't have time to build a boat, but want to paint it myself, can you build my boat for me?
Yes, we can. Take a look at our collection of built boats, which are hand-made in our workshop. We offer painted and unpainted options, so that you can still be involved in handcrafting your boat.
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