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last updated 31/03/15
(see list of updates below)

NEW  Click on 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).

On This Page :-
Welcome What is on this site? The Design Packages Study Plans & Full Plans Boat Building Methods
Ordering Plans, Manuals
& Catalogues
List of Latest Site Updates Where to next? User Groups News/Latest
from Selway Fisher Design
and the Beale Parke Show 2013
New - SFDesign Model Boats site Paul Fisher BSc. MRINA - the Designer SFDesign Philosophy
Terms & Conditions, Use of our Plans, Back-up etc


Welcome 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.

What 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 an order.

The Design Packages - all designs are complete for amateur DIY construction (unless otherwise stated) and have details, notes and a building procedure - please 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 years.

Selway Fisher 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  New Quick Design Index

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.

Please 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.

The smallest boats do not have study plans - please e-mail or phone for further information for these designs.

For 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.


Boat Building Methods

The 4 main construction techniques used for our designs are:-

  • Stitch & Tape plywood using computer generated hull panel shapes.

  • Ply on frame (or combined with stitch & tape).

  • Cedar Strip Plank using computer generated and faired mould shapes.

  • Clinker Ply.

There are 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.

For a discussion on the various different boatbuilding materials and methods available to the home boat builder go to our page -   Boat Building Methods  which has links to 4 pages describing and illustrating the 4 methods of wooden boat construction listed above.

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 designs too.

Ordering Plans, Manuals & Catalogues - there are several ways in which you can place an order with us - these are separated into 2 mains methods :-

  •  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 cheque/postal order.

  • Note 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".

  • Please 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  Post/Fax Order Form  page.

  • Please 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.

  • Plans Returns Policy - we do not offer returns or refunds on plan sales.

  • Note - all plans sent out are freshly printed.

Paying with PayPal
PayPal 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.
To 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 ) when we can confirm the total cost for you.
  • Go to your PayPal account and transfer the amount to our Paypal account at
  • E-mail us at 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.

Postage Rates

Item UK Airmail Europe Airmail US/Elsewhere
Study Plans 2.00 4.00 5.00
Full Plans Canoes 2.00 4.00 5.00
Full Plans Others 3.00 5.00 9.00
Manuals 3.50 6.00 8.00
Catalogue/CD's Go to SFDesign Catalogues & Manuals.
DVD's 3.00 4.00 5.00

List of Latest Site Updates


Where too next? - simply go to the  Navigation Bar at  the top of this page  and click on the links to the various different design pages - or go to our new Quick Design Index page.

User 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 - when you link to it press the "Join" link if you want to join.

NEW User 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 them.
The Canoe User Group/Forum is at  - when you link to it, press the "Join" link if you want to join.


News/Latest 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.
Latest Magazine Articles about our Designs - there have been many articles written about our designs over the years but the latest include :-
  • Classic Boat Magazine/March 2002 No. 165 - Our Oxford 5m Strip Planked Skiff - this is the first of a series which details the construction and use of this newly designed skiff for use on the Thames by Pat Hobbs.
  • The Funnel - magazine of the Steam Boat Assoc. of Great Britain/Spring 2002 Issue No. 112 - An article by William Fuller about our Amaryllis 30' Steam Launch + a photo of a modified (straight stemmed) version of our Edwardian 26 launch.
  • Watercraft Magazine/Nov/Dec 2001 No.30 - Islay Skiff - a construction and performance article by Rob Johnsey her builder + an article on our Martlet 30 cruising yacht.
  • Watercraft Magazine/May/June 2002 No. 33 - an article on our Northumbrian Cobles.
  • Watercraft Magazine/Sept/Oct 2002 No. 35 - an article with photos on 3 of our sailing canoes - the Lillie, Carrick and JC.
  • The Funnel - magazine of the Steam Boat Assoc./Christmas 2002 Issue No. 115 - an article by Mike Bell on his 29' 10" version of our Edwardian 26 and a photo of Julian Garrett's straight stemmed version of the same design.
  • Duckworks on-line magazine - go to - - for an article by Steve Fisher on his Little Kate open canoe.
  • Watercraft Magazine/May/June 2003 No.39 - Article by Mike Breewood on the construction and use of a Raven open canoe and an initial article on the new 23' Golden Bay steam launch.
  • The Funnel - magazine of the Steam Boat Assoc/Winter 2003 Issue No. 119 - an article by Stuart Russell on his Felix SL and by Wash Kohnke on progress of his Corn Bunting SL.
  • Boat Mart - April, May and June 2004 issues - a series of 3 articles by David Webber on the construction of one of our Simplicity 8 pram dinghies.
  • Watercraft Magazine/Sept/Oct No. 47 - a description of the 25'5" Shanghai yacht design.
  • Watercraft Magazine/Jan/Feb 2005 No. 49 - a 9 page article on the construction of the 25'5" Shanghai yacht design.
  • New 05/09/05
  • Watercraft Magazine/March/April 2005 No. 50 - the first part of an article on Julian Garrett's modified Edwardian 26 Ursulla and a design article on Pete Greenfield's 26 SL "Golden Virginia" (currently under design).
  • Watercraft Magazine/May/June 2005 No. 51 - second part of article on Julian Garrett's modified Edwardian 26 Ursulla.
  • Classic Boat - Sept'05 issue - an article on the 18' LOD Bungay Broads dayboat built by Julius Pursaill.
  • Small Craft Advisor - Sept/Oct'05 Issue No. 35 - Paul Fisher painting of the Evening Swan on the front cover and article about the E'Swan.
  • Watercraft Magazine/Sept/Oct'05 No. 53 - photos of Able, 12' N'Coble at Beale Park and article on 14' Exe Dory plus review of our Strip Plank Manual.
  • The Funnel - magazine of the Steam Boat Assoc/Winter 2005 Issue No. 127 - photos of the Edwardian 19 stretched to 21' and Edwardian 26 stretched to 30' plus 4 variants of the Indian Runner steaming together.
  • Italian Sailing Magazine "Bolina" - September 2005 - article on the Nordia 10 yacht.
  • Watercraft Magazine/May/June 2006 No. 57 - Article on the Iain Tolhurst's Pinky Ketch with many photos of her being fitted out plus an article on Julian Garrett's Edwardian 26 in France.
  • Watercraft Magazine Nov/Dec 2007 No. 66 - Article on the Rufus Motor Boat 17,20 and 22'.
  • Watercraft Magazine May/June 2008 No. 69 - Article on the Marlow 27 Steam/Electric launch.
  • Watercraft Magazine July/Aug 2008 No. 70 - Articles on the 34'6" Pinky and Yamato Japanese Fishing Boats.
  • The Funnel - magazine of the Steam Boat Assoc/Winter 2008 Issue No. 139 - latest photos of John Macmillan's Cambrian steam launch.
  • Boat Mart - Feb 2009 - article by Darren Atherton on building his Power 2 mark 2.
  • Watercraft Magazine July/Aug 2009 No. 76 - photos of John Gibbs 28'x6'6" straight stemmed Edwardian Steam Launch.
  • The Funnel - magazine of the Steam Boat Assoc/Summer 2009 Issue No. 141 - photos of Annabelle, Vesuvius and Ursula - 3 SFDesign steam launches.
  • Watercraft Magazine Sept/Oct 2009 No. 77 - article on the new 25' Dilys cat Boat design plus photos and article about Mike Bell's Edwardian Steam launch Annabelle and several photos of SFDesigns at the Beale Park Show.
  • The Funnel - magazine of the Steam Boat Assoc/Summer 2009 Issue No. 143 - article on Martina & Klaus Buldt's 13' Felix steam launch and photos of John Gibb's modified 28' Edwardian launch.
  • Watercraft Magazine May/June 2010 No. 81 - article on the new 16' Felix launch.
  • The Funnel - magazine of the Steam Boat Assoc/Winter 2010 No. 147 - pictures and spec on John Dines' Snow Bunting 'Sea Otter'.
  • Watercraft Magazine Jan/Feb 2011 No. 85 - article on the Safe Harbour 12 and a short review of the new SFDesign manuals.
  • Watercraft Magazine July/August 2011 No. 88 - articles on Iain Tolhurst's Pinky Ketch 'Naida' and the 22' Kennet Slipper Launch.
  • Classic Boat Magazine November 2011 No. 281 - article on the Silent Explorer electric strip planked canoe.
  • Watercraft Magazine January/February 2011 No. 91 - the first article covering the construction of Graham Young's Tideway14 'Pickle' and photos of the late Bob Kerr's Snow Bunting steam launch.
  • Note - if you want to see these articles, contact the relevant magazine via our Useful Links Page.

Selway Fisher Design boats at the 2013 Beale Park Boat Show

Kenneth Hide's beautiful example of the Kennet Slipper Launch
Joe Rutland's Pete canoe makes a reappearance winning the Water Craft Makita Cordless Canoe Challenge  A very nice and practical Highlander 12 by Adam Smith
The Boatbox - a car topbox that converts into a small dinghy The Frigate's boat exhibited by the Historical Maritime Society
Note - if you saw anymore that I didn't see, let me know. 
The Silent Explorer electric canoe.  

Selway 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 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.

and finally.............

Paul Fisher BSc. MRINA - the Designer

After 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.

Straight 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.

So, 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.

Note - for more information on Selway Fisher Design go to the new page - A History of SFDesign

.........and 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.

Below, 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.

.......and 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.

........and apologies for not knowing the names of all the builders for the above boats.

Enjoy the site! - Paul Fisher BSc. MRINA


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