BOAT DESIGNS, PLANS & MANUALS
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(see list of updates below)
the picture above to go directly to our Quick Design Index
(Selway Fisher Designs
in the above picture
- going from the top left corner in a clockwise
direction - are the 24' Strip Planked Beaumaris Trailer Sailer, 25'6" Snow
Bunting Steam Launch, 10'6" Northumbrian Coble, Ailsa 22 Trailer Sailer,
JC10 (Trainer for the IC10), 24' Power 3 Motor Boat, Petite Brise 12' 4"
Swampscott Dinghy - to the right of that is the 15' Lillie Canoe Yawl and in the
centre is the 15'8" Fisher Prospector canoe).
to the Selway Fisher Web Site which includes our extensive range of stock
boat designs, catalogues and manuals. For those who ask us for
different sail plans, keel arrangements, methods of construction etc., we are constantly
adding alterations to our design packages - so
when going through the web site, if you cannot see
quite what you want, someone may have already asked for it and it may
exist as an alteration.
is on this site? - this is quite a large site with
details of all 350 or so of our designs plus descriptions of our design
catalogues and construction manuals.
You will see at the top of this page - links to the various
different pages describing the designs etc. A brief description of the
design packages & services can be found below along with ordering information plus a list of site updates.
Please read the ordering
information carefully as there are now several ways in which you can place
- all designs are complete for amateur DIY
construction (unless otherwise stated) and have details, notes and a building procedure -
note that we also run a full back-up service allowing you to contact us by
phone/fax, post or e-mail with any queries you may have before, during or
after construction - we also have several Construction Manuals as an aid
for those unfamiliar with modern boat-building or who want to keep up with
the latest techniques.
We normally have at least 5 or 6 new designs on the drawing board at any
one time (see the page on our Latest
Design Work & Boat Builder's Photo Gallery) - all our work is done
on commission for a particular client and then put into the Design
Catalogue for sale to the Boat Building enthusiast.
All designs are
by Paul Fisher BSc. MRINA who formed Selway Fisher Design in 1974. His
previous design experience comes from working in the design offices
of McGruer & Co. and Silvers, both on the Clyde for a period of 9
Design now has over 350 stock designs in it's Catalogue ranging in length
from 4' to 60'. You can start to view our designs either by going to the
links at the top of this page, or by using our
Study Plans & Full Plans
- for many of our
designs you may order a Study Plan which is usually two A1 (approx. 2'x3')
sheets. The first A1 sheet gives large views of the design with sections, construction
notes/details, and a wood materials list and the second A1 sheet is
usually the main hull construction drawing allowing the potential builder
an overview of the construction - also,
many study plans now come with a colour photo sheet of examples in-build
and/or on the water - the Study Plan enables you to investigate the design in greater depth and to do an initial costing.
A Full Plan
consists of the full detailed set of construction drawings and details
necessary to construct the boat.
note - it is assumed that on boatbuilding projects of Dayboat size and
above, the client/builder will have already purchased a Study Plan in
order to assess the project - therefore a portion of the cost of the Study
Plan has already been removed from the cost of the Full Plans.
smallest boats do not have study plans - please e-mail or phone for
further information for these designs.
larger boatbuilding projects over 20' in length we are happy to send out
the full plan sets without plank/frame/girder/mould shapes so that the
project can be better assessed - the cost of this package is 50% of the
full plan price plus postage. When the remaining 50% of the plan price is
received the rest of the construction details/shapes are sent along with
the Royalty/right to build the boat.
Left - an example of one of
the sheets taken from the plans of our Able Suffolk Beach Punt.
Building Methods -
The 4 main
construction techniques used for our designs are:-
Tape plywood using computer generated hull panel shapes.
Ply on frame
(or combined with stitch & tape).
Plank using computer generated and faired mould shapes.
some designs on our site built in steel, aluminium or single skin/foam
sandwich grp - most of these are conversions from wood construction. I
can do this for many of our designs - contact us for details. These
materials are also briefly discussed on the Boat
Building Methods Page.
a discussion on the various different boatbuilding materials and methods
available to the home boat builder go to our page -
which has links to 4 pages
describing and illustrating the 4 methods of wooden boat construction
Using our YachtCAD
system, we can change from one construction method to another in a design and
we can often offer details for clinker ply construction for any of our
Plans, Manuals & Catalogues
- there are several ways in
which you can place an order with us - these are separated into 2 mains
Directly with your credit/debit card whilst you are
on-line - we have added an Ordering Cart system
which allows you to add the plans etc you wish to order to the Cart
before going to the secure area to place your order. You will find a
"Buy Plan Now" button under the description of each item.
Please Note - for the moment, the On-Line Ordering Cart does not
add the cost of Postage (Shipping) to your order - however postage
& packing charges will be added - for a note of these P&P
charges please see below in the Paypal section. All card
transactions are in Sterling.
By Post, Fax,
E-mail or Phone - for those who do not wish to order on-line, we have
retained our Order Form - go to our Post/Fax
Order Form page (see also the Navigation bar at the top of this page for
a link) and you will find an order form which you can print out, fill-in
and send by post or fax with either your credit/debit card details or
that there are 2 "Buy Plan Now" buttons for each set of
plans - one for UK/EU customers which includes VAT and one for
USA/Elsewhere customers which excludes VAT. Catalogues and Manuals do
not incur VAT for UK/EU customers and these items therefore only have
one "Buy Now Button".
note that all credit/debit card transactions have to be done in Pounds
Sterling - the US Dollar prices given in the price lists are estimated
at an exchange rate of 1.6 USD = £1 Sterling and therefore our US
clients may find the amount charged on their card statements will vary
(up or down) from the US price given, if the exchange rate at the time
is different - however, do remember that
we are more than happy to accept payment by personal US Dollar cheque
at the US Dollar price given in the price lists if you would prefer to
order by Post - go to the
Order Form page.
note - it is assumed that on boatbuilding projects of Dayboat size and
above, the client/builder will have already purchased a Study Plan in
order to assess the project - therefore a portion of the cost of the
Study Plan has already been removed from the cost of the Full Plans.
Returns Policy - we do not offer returns or refunds on plan
- all plans sent out are freshly printed.
is an increasingly popular way to pay for purchases on-line. For
those who want to pay using their PayPal account, Selway Fisher
Design now has it's own PayPal account which you can pay into.
Unfortunately, due to the complexities of setting up an efficient
system of paying for postage and packing with PayPal which does
not over-charge the customer for multiple purchases, we have not
been able to use PayPal's simple buy-now set-up.
This means that to use your PayPal account you simply need to
transfer the total amount of your order including Postage &
Packing into our PayPal account using the PayPal transfer system
on your account.
pay using your PayPal account :-
- Calculate the
total amount of your order including P&P (see the Postage table
below) - or contact us (either ring +44 1225 705074
(International), 01225 705074 (UK) or e-mail us at email@example.com
when we can confirm the total cost for you.
- Go to your
PayPal account and transfer the amount to our Paypal account
- E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
telling us that you have made the transfer and giving us the
order details (what you wish to order) plus the address to send the order to.
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Catalogues & Manuals.
List of Latest
- A link has been added to a U-Tube video of Mike Austin's modified
Rhum dinghy under construction - go to Other
Dinghies 10' to 13'.
- Photographs of the Selway Fisher Boats seen at the 2013 Beale park
Boat Show are shown on this page in the "News/latest from Selway
Fisher section - scroll down to see it.
- Photos added for the 21' Ijssel motor launch, Morning Tide 14 pocket
cruiser, Rhum 11, Medway Skiff and Kingfisher 14 dinghies.
- Photos added for the 18'6" Marathon open canoe - go to Open
canoes over 17'.
- New photos added for the Dart 14 and Esk 14 kayaks, 15'8"
Prospector canoe, 7'6" Redshank stem dinghy, 17' Mandarin rowing skiff and Martlet 30' Pilot
Cutter - plus, the paulfisherart.com site has been completely revamped
with many new watercolour paintings - if you are looking for an
unusual gift, take a look at the new site.
- New photos added for a strip plank version of the Thames 12 Rowing
Skiff, Kennet Slipper Launch, Peterborough Canoe, Skylark 16 Dayboat
and Simplicity 14 Pocket Cruiser.
- 3 new canoe designs, all of them based on our most popular canoe,
the 15'7" Prospector. There is now a 14' Prospector using the
same 5 planks per side as her bigger sister, a 15' version with 7
planks per side and finally a 15'6" version styled as a Viking
Longboat with war-like bow and stern - our new Viking 16 canoe - go to
Open Canoes up to 15' and Open
Canoes 15' to 17'. I have also put a schooner bow modification
onto the Kingfisher 14 dinghy - go to GP
Dinghies over 13' and scroll down.
- New design added - a 20' Skipjack single chine, 'V' bottomed pocket
cruiser with very salty looks - go to Pocket
Cruisers 16' to 20' . The plans for a model of her will be
available soon so keep an eye on the Makeamodelboat
- Several new photos added for the 15' Outboard Canoe, Esk 17' Kayak,
Little Kate Open Canoe, Greenshank Dinghy, Windrush Rowing Skiff and
16' Highlander Dayboat - also, loads of photos of the models that
adorn the SFDesign ofiice on the new Makeamodelboat User's Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/makeamodelboat/
- Another new design to go with the recent 16' Melonseed - a
13'4" smaller sister - go to General
Purpose Dinghies over 13' plus photos added for the Kennet
slipper launch, Thames 12 skiff, Port Pegasus launch, Petrel Catboat,
Exe 14 Rowing skiff and Redshank dinghy.
- A new design - a lovely 16' Melonseed strip planked skiff after the
wonderful gunning boats of new Jersey - go to General
Purpose Dinghies over 13' - a 13' version will be available
- New photos added for the Kingfisher 14 dinghy, Curlew motor punt,
strip planked Prospector, Adirondack and Little Kate open canoes.
- a YouTube film link added to the Little Kate canoe design, of Rob
Trowell's wonderful example set up as a tri-cycle - go to Open
Canoes up to 15'.
- a new design, the 18' LOD Morning Tide pocket cruisers, larger
sister to the Morning Tide 14 (ex Tideway 14) has been added - go to Pocket
Cruisers 16' to 20'. Plus several new photos, including the Kari 2
dayboat, Woodlark catboat, Humber 41, Rascal and Peterborough 14,
Prospector and Ralph canoes.
- 2 new designs added - the Skellig 26 work/fishing boat for both
round bilged strip plank and chined ply construction (ply plank over
frame) - go to Motor Cruiser 21'to 30';
and her smaller sister, the Skellig 18 for double chined V bottom ply
plank over frame construction - go to Motor
Cruisers 16' to 20'.
- Photographs of the Thames 14 and Mandarin 17 rowing skiffs and the
Waterman 13 and Wren open canoes added - also, please note, a name
change to one of our designs - the Tideway 14 Pocket Cruiser is now
the Morning Tide 14 Pocket Cruiser, so that it does not clash with the
Tideway dinghy brand - and just to celebrate this name change,
look out for a larger "Morning Tide" design in the not too
- Plans for a model of the Fanny the Fantail Launch are
now available - go to Steam Launches up to 20
and Classic Motor Cruisers.
- Plans for a Balsa model of the popular Tideway 14 pocket cruiser are
now available - go to Pocket Cruisers up to 16'.
- Photos of the launch of the Humber 41 motor barge added along with
photos of her interior, deck etc - go to the
Motor Cruisers over 30' page.
- 3 new designs - the 26' steam launch Michelle -sistership to Etna (Steam
Launches 20' to 30' page), the 18' Ant Norfolk Boards Dayboat (Other
Dayboats page) and Trican 15' (Motor Canoes
page) motor canoe with floats. Plus the first photo of the Humber
41 steel motor barge and more photos of the 16' and 17' Prospector
- A new design - the 26'8" steam launch Etna has been added to
the Steam Launches 20' to 30' page - also
new photos of the Thames 17' rowing skiff, 23' Golden Bay Launch and
10'6" Northumbrian Coble.
- A new Pocket Cruiser design - the Jola 19' Gaff Cutter has been
added - go to Pocket Cruisers 16' to 20' to
see her details. Also photos added for the Sophia canoe, 15' Lobster
Boat, Lambay Island motor cruiser and the 16' Petite Brise dayboat.
too next? -
simply go to the
on the links to the various different design pages - or go to our new Quick
Design Index page.
Group/Forum for Selway Fisher Builders & Sailors
We now have a User
Group/Forum on the web for those who are building and using Selway
Fisher boats - it has only just started (24/09/01) but has become a
forum for those with questions, comments, photos etc., etc concerning
all aspects of our design work. Photographs
of SFD boats under construction are posted up and builders from all over
the world are able to share questions/problems and get quick feed-back
both from ourselves and each other.
The User Group/Forum is at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SFD_builders_sailors
- when you link to it press the "Join" link if you want to
Group/Forum for Selway Fisher Canoe Builders & Users
This is a new Group
started 04/09/06 for those building our canoe designs - this will be a
group/forum to exchange ideas on construction and to share photos of the
canoes you are building and the treks that you have undertaken with
The Canoe User Group/Forum is at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SFDesigncanoebuilders
- when you link to it, press the "Join" link if you want to
from Selway Fisher Design
I thought that this
section would be helpful to keep regular visitors to our site up todate
with what we are doing - for the latest design work to be added to our
design range please see the List
of Latest Site Updates (above) and the New
Designs page- and do keep an eye on the Photo
Gallery for photos of some of our designs recently built by clients
from all over the world.
Articles about our Designs - there
have been many articles written about our designs over the years but the
latest include :-
Fisher Design Model Boats - this main
Selway Fisher site is for those wanting to build full-size craft but,
for those who are interested in building model boats based on full-size
Selway Fisher designs, there is a new site dedicated to the model boat
enthusiast. The web address is www.makeamodelboat.com
and there is also a link at the top of this page which will take you to
a page describing the new model boat site.
Fisher BSc. MRINA - the Designer
a youth messing around in all sorts of boats on the Thames, I gained
my degree - a
BSc (Bachelor of Science) in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding from
Newcastle University in 1974 and shortly after l became an Associate
Member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects.
after University l worked in the design office of McGruer & Co.
Scotland for 4 years - famous for high performance racing /cruising
yachts beautifully crafted in wood (cold moulded as well as
conventional clinker and carvel). We were also involved in major yacht
refitting and repair and the fit-out of GRP commercial craft - this
under James and George McGruer on the Gareloch (north of the Clyde). l
then became Technical Manager at D.M. Russell Marine - formerly Jas.
A. Silvers yard just up the road at Rosneath, for 5 years - famous for
their motor yachts - this period found me sailing/cruising in all
sorts of craft around the coast of the UK and regular racing in
everything from Dragons to the IOR fleet on the Clyde.
after a degree and 9 years apprenticeship plus much personal research
exploring the uses of epoxies in modern wood boat construction l went
out on my own as a designer and l now have a catalogue of over 350
designs most of which are commissions for individual clients.
- for more information on Selway Fisher Design go to the new page - A
History of SFDesign
finally, a recent day in the life of a yacht designer - or a
chance to get away from the drawing board for once and out of
the office to see some real boats - this was a Sunday in June
which started with a visit to Iain Tolhurst's 34'6" Pinky
Gaff Ketch followed by trip just down the road to the Beale Park
Thames Show and tripping over several of my designs!
||Left - onboard
Iain's Pinky discussing the deck layout and rigging. Directly
below a sailing Prospector, Lillie canoe yawl and Highlander 18.
the Highlander 18 at rest plus a 4' Skylark pram dinghy built by
a keen and well skilled youngster and the new Trio nesting motor
canoe for Nestaway Boats.
below, 3 designs in the Watercraft Amateur Boatbuilding
competition - a Drake 11 (which won one of the categories), a
modified Ranger canoe and a Highlander 7'6" in build.
apologies for not knowing the names of all the builders for the
the site! - Paul
Fisher BSc. MRINA