Frequently Asked Questions
I have a used BARTENDER or
I'm considering buying a used BARTENDER. What should I look for and what
advice can you give me?
BARTENDER discussion group:
you provide me a quote to build a new BARTENDER?
This is tough to nail down
for other people because of the many variables that come with building
any boat. The quality of materials you select to build with will be the
biggest variable. Factor in
a few more variables like geographical location and resourcefulness and
one builder can easily spend twice as much money as the other builder on
the same project.
Thrifty amateur boat
builders in the NW region of the USA are spending the following on
materials to build a BARTENDER. These figures are for boats built with
high quality materials, minus engine (another huge variable), with basic
19’ BARTENDER.............................. $7,500
22’ BARTENDER.............................. $10,000
26’ BARTENDER.............................. $14,000
How long will it take me to
build my BARTENDER?
This is another very
commonly asked question but one that is impossible to answer for another
person. The time it will take to build depends more upon the individual
than the project. We’ve found that if a person remains consistently
devoted to the project, even if it’s just an hour or two each day,
then they are pleasantly surprised at how quickly the boat gets built.
Planning ahead to have the necessary materials on hand goes a long way.
One gentleman recently built his 19’ Cuddy BARTENDER in less
than one year under a poly tarp shelter during a cold Alaska winter.
We have a very active
online discussion group of BARTENDER enthusiasts who have built and
restored many boats. This is
a great place to ask questions and get opinions from others with more
experience. It’s a free resource that should not be passed up by
anyone building a BARTENDER.
BARTENDER discussion group:
How are the
have a plywood hull over simple straight frames. The frames are lumber
and their joints held together with plywood gussets.
How is the
plywood planking fastened to the frames?
aren’t the only place the planking is attached. Around the planks’
edges (the more critical areas), the plywood is aggressively fastened to
the chine, sheer clamp, keelson, stem, and sternpost with screws and
epoxy. The planking is fastened to each frame with either screws or
ring-shank nails and epoxy.
Can a BARTENDER
be built with aluminum?
though the plans do not show aluminum construction details, aluminum
BARTENDERS of all sizes have been successfully built. A number of 22’
BARTENDERS were professionally built with aluminum for the Alaska oil
industry. A person inexperienced with aluminum boat construction should
consult a professional for details.
BARTENDERS be built with the stitch and glue method?
plywood boat can be built this way, there is no advantage to it with the
BARTENDER. If the original designed frames were eliminated then the hull
thickness would need to be increased significantly to provide strength.
Because of the great curves to the hull shape of the BARTENDER, thicker
plywood would not work. The hull would need to be laminated with layers
of thinner plywood.
Stitch and glue
boat construction is no less work than building simple frames and
beveling the edges for plywood planking. A person will have a comparable
amount of time into a boat built with either construction method - so
don't let anyone fool you into believing that stitch and glue is quick
and easy. The traditional method of plywood boat construction, as the
BARTENDERS are built, is much more enjoyable and safer than applying and
sanding gallons of epoxy. A comparable sized stitch and glue project
will require four to five times as much epoxy and fiberglass to hold it
together... which is a very significant additional expense.
Is that really
enough power to plane a BARTENDER?
When compared to the huge
engines we typically see on modern production power boats these days,
the BARTENDERS' power recommendations may seem low. But the BARTENDER,
like many other classic boat designs, was designed to be easily driven
with low horse power. This is what makes the BARTENDER an extremely
economical boat to operate compared to most modern power boats.
A mere 25 hp outboard will
push a 19’ BARTENDER to 20 knots. Throttle back down to a sane and
comfortable 12 knots and extreme economy and range are yours. A 40 hp
outboard will provide 30+ knots of joy while flying past the fuel
dock... and is more suitable for carrying extra passengers and/or a
For the 22’ BARTENDER
(outboard version) 70 – 100 hp will provide 20–30 economical knots
of speed. Inboard versions are also very economical and are preferred
for serious offshore use. The GM 4.3L V6 is an excellent choice of
engine for the inboard 22' BARTENDER. In our personal 22 footer we have
a range of 290 miles at a comfortable cruise speed of 20 knots and 2400
rpm. A short crack of the throttle brings the boat up to 30 knots very
Some of the lighter modern
diesel engines are very suitable for powering the BARTENDERS also.