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NEW BOAT DESIGNS & CURRENT
DESIGN WORK

(Last up-dated 29/01/15)

On this page you will see some of my most recent designs - most of my design work is commissioned with the agreement that SF Design can put the new design into our Stock Catalogue to make it available to all boat building enthusiasts.

I normally have at least 5 new designs on the drawing board at any one time and to keep you right up to-date, here is a list of my current work :-

 

Recent New Designs on this Page

New Designs for 2011
4m Mini Yacht 16' Dutch Punter Goshawk 14 Hinton 15m
Ply Barge
15' Heron
Pocket Cruiser
15' Huntsman
Open Canoe
25' Windsor Slipper
Launch
     
New Designs for 2012
Jola 19' Gaff Cutter Etna 26'8" Steam Launch Michelle
26'8" Steam Launch
15' Trican Motor
Canoe
18' Ant
Broads Dayboat
26' Skellig Wood
Fishing/Workboat
18' Skellig Wood
Work/Fishing Boat
18' Morning Tide
Pocket Cruiser
16' Melonseed
Skiff
13'4" Melonseed
Skiff
New Designs for 2013
20' Fisher Skipjack 14' Prospector
Canoe
15' Prospector
Canoe
Viking 16 Open Canoe Rufus 20
16' Whooping Swan 16' River Lapwing
Catboat
     
New Designs for 2014
15'9" Drift Boat 24' New Bedford
Whaler
30' Cornish Motor Gig Bocar 8 20' Loddon Skiff
65' Steel Teign MB 22' Stern Wheeler
Moulds
Surf 8 Cree 14 Kayak  
New Designs for 2015
Arctic Skua Westray 9      

 

Study Plans are available for some of these designs - remember a study plan gives you more details and a wood materials list on an A1 sheet, so that you can cost out a project before ordering the full plans. When you order the full construction plans you do not need to order the study plan as well, as all the study details are on the full plans.



 4m MINI YACHT

 
Safe Harbour 12

 At just over 13’ length, the 4m Mini Yacht has 2 berths and space for a portable wc inside plus large areas for stowage or floatation.

  She has a daggerboard type keel with a steel core and lead bulb which is bolted in place for sailing but which can be raised using the main halyard for easy trailing.

  Construction is based on a ply framework consisting of ply bulkheads and a ply fore and aft girder which incorporates the keel box. The planks can then be fitted and finished using the simple stitch and tape method for the chine seams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4m Mini Yacht Particulars

LOA 13' 1 1/2" 4.00m
Beam 6'7 1/2" 2.02m
Hull Mid Depth 2' 9 1/2" 0.85m
Draft 1'5"/5'5" 0.43/1.66m
Sail Area 128 sq.ft 11.9 sq.m
Approx. Dry Weight 992 lbs 450 kg
Ballast 300 lbs 135 kg
Maximum Headroom 4'2" 1.27m

Hull Shape

Flat narrow bottom plus 3 planks per side
Construction Methods Stitch and tape
Major plywood requirements for hull 16 x 6mm sheets
6 x 9mm sheets
Guidance Use Inland, estuary and coastal for 2 adults
Drawing/Design Package 7 x A1 drawings + 7 x A4 instruction sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans  

 

4M MINI YACHT

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £20.00/FULL PLANS £165 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £15.00/FULL PLANS £136 ($24/$218)

NEW  16' DUTCH PUNTER
Marlow 27

 The traditional Punter is a small Dutch work boat with a simple single chine and flat bottomed hull and an upper strake which is shaped to give tumblehome. Her sprit rig is very practical allowing the sail to be brailed up against the mast when not in use rather than having to be dropped into the boat. Brailing up also allows power to be taken off the rig quickly.

  Construction is ply over frame with softwood frames and ply girders erected upside down on a strongback, chine stringers fitted and the ply planking put on oversize and trimmed back. This method is used rather than stitch and tape because of the shape of the bow although S&T could be used if all the planking was fitted in 2 thin layers. She uses 7 sheets of 4mm ply and 10 sheets of 9mm ply.

16' Dutch Punter Particulars

LOA 16' 4.88m
Beam 5'7" 1.70m
Hull Mid Depth 2'3 1/2" 0.70m
Draft
Draft incl rudder
9 1/2"
2'6"
0.24m
0.76m
Approx. Dry Weight 662 lbs 300 kg

Hull Shape

Hard chine flat bottomed
Construction Methods Ply plank over frame
Major plywood requirements for hull 7 sheets of 4mm
10 sheets of 9mm
Guidance Use 4-6 adults
Drawing/Design Package 6 x A1 drawings + 6 x A4 instruction sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans  

 

16' DUTCH PUNTER PLANS COST

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £16.00/FULL PLANS £140 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £13.00/FULL PLANS £115 ($21/$184)

NEW  GOSHAWK 14  
Skylark 14 mark 3

 The 14’ Goshawk has emerged in the same way that the 16’ Goshawk did—by someone asking for a wider and deeper Skylark. What the client wanted was a small boat which was more than the normal dinghy type which tends to have a mid hull depth around 18” (450mm). The additional hull depth (around 24” (0.610m) with it’s associated increased beam gives a craft with much higher carrying capacity which can take a cuddy or even a small cabin and which will allow someone to sleep on board perhaps under a boom tent.

  To help facilitate this, the hinged board is not in the centre but is accommodated on the side of the seating which gives a completely free area in the middle of the boat.

  Construction is simple stitch and tape and would normally use 9mm more or less throughout. 6mm ply could be used for lightness. She may be fitted out and used in a number of ways and without the pivoting board and sail rig if a pure motor boat is needed.

 

Goshawk 14 Particulars

LOA 14' 4.27m
Beam 6'1" 1.85m
Hull Mid Depth 2' 0.62m
Draft 6"/3'2" 0.21/0.97m
Sail Area 97 sq.ft 9.02 sq.m 
Approx. Dry Weight 450lbs 204 kg

Hull Shape

Flat bottom with 4 planks per side
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Major plywood requirements for hull 11 sheets of 9mm
1 sheet of 6mm
Guidance Use 4-5 adults
Drawing/Design Package 4x A1 drawings + 8 x A4 instruction sheets 

 

GOSHAWK 14 FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £87 (incl. VAT)            

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £72 ($115)


NEW  HINTON 15m PLYWOOD BARGE
Marlow 27

 This is a simple barge with flat bottom single chine shape and a ‘swim’ shaped stern (under the waterline similar to narrow boats). The bow would be vertically staved plywood in 2 or 3 overlapping layers. Construction details are available for the hull only and approximately 45 sheets of 18mm ply and 40 sheets of 24mm ply are used for the hull skin.

 She may be fitted out to the builders requirements and we can give advice on deck construction etc. She is designed for use as a houseboat in inland waters.

Hinton 15m Particulars

LOA 49'9" 15.16m
Beam 9'9" 2.98m
Hull Mid Depth 6'10" 2.09m
Draft 2'4" 0.72m
Maximum Headroom 6'5" 1.96m
Displacement 17200 lbs 7800 kg
Engine Approx. 50-80 hp for use on inland canals

Hull Shape

Flat bottom single chine
Construction Methods Ply over frame
Major plywood requirements for hull only 45 x 18mm sheets
40 x 24mm sheets
Guidance Use Uk canal
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings + 4 x A4 instruction/spec sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans  

 

HINTON 15m PLYWOOD BARGE HULL PLANS COST

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £20.00/FULL PLANS £110 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £17.00/FULL PLANS £94 ($27/$150)

 15' HERON POCKET CRUISER

 
Safe Harbour 12

 The additional 1'4" hull length over the original 14' version gives a lot of useful additional space - enough for 2 comfortable berths, a small galley area and curtained side space for a Porta Potti type wc.

 Unlike the 14 foot which has fixed bilge keels, this version has a centreplate (with an external pivot) which means that the interior is not divided by a case.

 Construction is centred around a simple plywood framework consisting of a fore and aft girder (which includes the centreplate case) onto which are slotted the ply frames, bulkheads and transom. The hull panels are then fitted over the frameworks and the chines finished with epoxy. The chines can also be solid wood if required.

 A pretty looking and simple little ship with plenty of cruising potential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

15' Heron Pocket Cruiser Particulars

LOA 15' 4" 4.67m
Beam 6' 5" 1.96m
Hull Mid Depth 2' 10" 0.85m
Draft 1'4"/3'4" 0.40/1.00m
Sail Area 119 sq.ft 11.03 sq.m
Approx. Dry Weight 1500 lbs 680 kg
Ballast 300 lbs 135 kg
Maximum Headroom 4'6" 1.38m

Hull Shape

V bottom single chine
Construction Methods Stitch and tape
Major plywood requirements for hull 18 x 9mm sheets
2 x 12mm sheets
Guidance Use Inland, estuary and coastal for 2-3 adults
Drawing/Design Package 6 x A1 drawings + 8 x A4 instruction sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans  

 

15' HERON POCKET CRUISER

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £20.00/FULL PLANS £135 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £15.00/FULL PLANS £111 ($24/$178)

15' HUNTSMAN  

The 15' Huntsman is a simple 2 planks per side open canoe with a V bottom and single chine making construction fast with the stitch and tape construction method. The canoe can take 2 adults and more if required and is ideal for trekking with camping gear, food etc. If the stretcher is made removable, the hull would be relatively comfortable to sleep in and the design would be ideal for a simple sailing rig, rudder and leeboards or daggerboard (we can supply the sail details if required from another of our designs).

15' Huntsman Particulars

LOA 14'9" 4.49m
Beam 34" 0.86m
Hull Mid Depth 13" 0.33m
Approx. Dry Weight 42lbs 19kg
Approx. Capacity 650lbs 295kg

Hull Shape

V bottom single chine
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 3 sheets of 4 or 5mm
Guidance Use General purpose - 2 adults
Drawing/Design Package 2 x A1 drawings  + 5 x A4 instruction sheets

 

15' HUNTSMAN FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £46 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £38 ($61)


NEW 25' WINDSOR SLIPPER LAUNCH
For the Windsor slipper launch we have used the ply over frame method of construction using a modern framework of ply bulkheads and frames partly linked by fore and aft ply girders all set up to make sure that the builder starts with an accurate base on which to fit chine strangers and then the ply planking. There is no reason why she could not be built using the stitch and tape method and we can develop the hull panel shapes for this which would use the same framework used for the ply over frame method.
The hull could also be planked conventionally or Mahogany veneers can be put over the ply inner skin for those who want a varnish finish. Thin strips of Teak are applied over a ply under deck so that she can look like an original Thames slipper.
The cockpit is open and seating can be arranged to suit individual requirements or a fixed bench front seat can be fitted dividing the cockpit into two.
For simplicity the drawings show power delivered by a 2/5KW electric drive pod making installation very simple but for those wanting a more conventional inboard diesel arrangement we also give the engine installation drawings from the Kennet slipper launch for guidance.

 

New - plans to make a model of the Windsor 25
There are now plans available for a 20" (510mm) working scale model of the Windsor 25 slipper launch design for Balsa or thin ply construction fitted with radio control - go to www.makeamodelboat.com for details.

 

25' Windsor Particulars

LOA 25' 7.64m
Beam 6'4" 1.93m
Hull Mid Depth 3' 1" 0.94m
Draft 1'6" 0.0.
Approx. Dry Weight 2095lbs 950 kg
Engine 2.5Kw electric or 20-30 hp inboard

Hull Shape

V bottom single chine
Construction Methods Ply over frame
Major plywood requirements for hull 14 x 6mm sheets
10 x 9mm sheets
3 x 12mm sheets
Guidance Use 4-6 adults
Drawing/Design Package 6 x A1 drawings + 5 x A4 instruction/spec sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans  

 

25' WINDSOR PLANS PRICE

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £20.00/FULL PLANS £180 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £17.00/FULL PLANS £149 ($27/$238)

19' JOLA GAFF CUTTER  

  This cracker of a little ship, will take you cruising into shallow waters and creeks whilst at the same time provide a seaworthy yacht for coastal and cross-channel sailing.

  Starting from aft, she has an outboard well, spacious self-draining cockpit and a cabin with up to 4 berths and space for a Porta Potti WC and small galley - if you do not want 4 berths you can have 2 or 3 and a larger galley area.

  Like many of our small designs the centreplate is housed below the cabin sole and the plans show both Gaff Cutter and Bermudan Cutter rigs.

  Construction details are shown for stitch and tape, ply over frame and clinker ply construction.

19' Jola Gaff Cutter Particulars

LOA 19' 5.81m
Beam 7'5 1/2" 2.27m
Hull Mid Depth 3'1" 0.94m
Draft 2'/4' 0.61m/1.22m
Sail Area 284 sq.ft 26.4 sq.m
Approx. Dry Weight 2867 lbs 1300 kg
Ballast 882 lbs 400 kg
Maximum Headroom 4'10" 1.48m
Number of berths 4  

Hull Shape

Round bilge with 4 planks per side
Construction Methods Stitch and Tape, Ply over Frame, Clinker Ply
Major plywood requirements for hull 6mm - 10 sheets
9mm - 17 sheets
12mm - 4 sheets
Guidance Use Estuary, coastal, cross channel
Drawing/Design Package 12 x A1 drawings + 10 x A4 instruction sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans Bermudan Cutter rig.

 

19' JOLA GAFF CUTTER PLANS PRICE

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £20.00/FULL PLANS £225 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £15.00/FULL PLANS £187 ($24/$299)

NEW  26'8" ETNA LAUNCH  26'8" ETNA LAUNCH

Marlow 27

 For Etna we have gone for a hull shape which is very much not the steam launch 'norm'. With her modern reverse counter stern and pronounced tumblehome home in the aft sections changing into a flaired bow sections, she has a hull that will turn heads.
 The construction is for 15mm (5/8") strip Cedar planking with a diagonal veneer of 3mm (1/8") Kaya but she could be built with a single thickness of 18mm (3/4") Cedar sheathed in glass/epoxy. The bilge stringers and engine/boiler beds are fitted before planking commences so that there is no awkward fitting later.
 The standard fit-out is for a large aft cockpit, central steam plant space and forward cockpit.
 Look out for her sister launch 'Michelle' which is a similar design but with a more raked bow.

26'8" Etna Particulars

LOA 26'8" 8.13m
Beam 6'3" 1.91m
Hull Mid Depth 3' 0.91m
Draft 2'10" 0.85m
Approx. Dry Weight 3970 lbs 1800 kg
Engine 15 + IHP steam/34 hp diesel  

Hull Shape

Round bilge
Construction Methods Strip plank
Major strip wood requirements for hull 2790' of 5/8"x1 1/4" (850m of 15x33mm) WRC + 28 sq.m. of 3mm (300 sq.ft. of 1/8") Kaya veneer (maybe single thickness of 18mm (3/4") WRC.
Guidance Use 8+ adults
Drawing/Design Package 7 x A1 drawings + 5 x A4 instruction/spec sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans  

 

ETNA 26'8" PLANS PRICE

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £20.00/FULL PLANS £325 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £17.00/FULL PLANS )

NEW  26'8" MICHELLE LAUNCH  26'8" MICHELLE LAUNCH

Marlow 27

 Michelle is a sister ship to Etna (above). The main difference is in her bow shape which is more raked - the aft sections and transom are the same as Etna. She has an open internal layout similar to Etna's.  With her modern reverse counter stern and pronounced tumblehome home in the aft sections changing into a flaired bow sections, she has a hull that will turn heads.

 The construction is for 15mm (5/8") strip Cedar planking with a diagonal veneer of 3mm (1/8") Kaya but she could be built with a single thickness of 18mm (3/4") Cedar sheathed in glass/epoxy. The bilge stringers and engine/boiler beds are fitted before planking commences so that there is no awkward fitting later.

26'8" Michelle Particulars

LOA 26'8" 8.13m
Beam 6'3" 1.91m
Hull Mid Depth 3' 0.91m
Draft 2'10" 0.85m
Approx. Dry Weight 3970 lbs 1800 kg
Engine 15 + IHP steam/34 hp diesel  

Hull Shape

Round bilge
Construction Methods Strip plank
Major strip wood requirements for hull 2790' of 5/8"x1 1/4" (850m of 15x33mm) WRC + 28 sq.m. of 3mm (300 sq.ft. of 1/8") Kaya veneer (maybe single thickness of 18mm (3/4") WRC.
Guidance Use 8+ adults
Drawing/Design Package 7 x A1 drawings + 5 x A4 instruction/spec sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans  

 

MICHELLE 26'8" PLANS PRICE

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £20.00/FULL PLANS £325 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £17.00/FULL PLANS )

NEW 15' TRICAN MOTOR CANOE
This design can be used in a number of ways - the main hull can be used by itself as a simple motor canoe or as a Proa with just one float or as a trimaran with 2 floats. With just the main hull she is a stable motor canoe for use in estuaries etc but with the floats she will become a very stable platform for all sorts of uses including coastal fishing and diving etc.

The plans show construction both in sheet aluminium and stitch and tape plywood - the beams are aluminium poles.

15' Trican Motor Canoe Particulars

LOA 15' 4.58m
Beam (main hull) 44" 1.12m
Beam (overall - adjustable) 8'6" 2.59m
Hull Mid Depth (main hull) 16" 0.41m
Approx. Dry Weight (overall) 200lbs 90kg
Approx. Capacity 1200lbs 544kg

Hull Shape

Double chine 'U' shaped bilge
Construction Methods Aluminium or stitch and tape plywood.
Plywood/aluminium sheet requirements 9 (4'x8' (1220x2440mm) sheets of 2mm aluminium or 6mm plywood
Guidance Use 3-4 adults - general freight, fishing etc
Drawing/Design Package 5 x A1 drawings + 12 x A4 instruction sheets

 

15' TRICAN MOTOR CANOE FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £77                              

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £64 ($102)  


18' ANT BROADS DAYBOAT
The Ant is similar in size to our Bungay but represents another variation of the type of delightful dayboat found on the Norfolk Broads. She has a simple high peak balanced lug rig - this shape of sail allows the use of stays which in turns means that the mast can be tabernacle mounted.

The beam is slightly less than that of the Bungay design amidships but we have given her a wider quarter deck again, following another line of Broads dayboats.


Construction is again Cedar strip planking over computer faired moulds/jig. The mast is stepped in a tabernacle for easy raising/lowering and she can take 4-6 adults comfortably. Storage is under the fore deck either side of the mast.


The keel consists of lead ballast bolted to a central steel plate (which has a flange at the top thro’ bolted to the inner keel) - the plate is sheathed in wood/epoxy to a foil shape.

There is no reason why the Bungay rigs cannot be used on the Ant and vice versa.

The Ant by the way, is a river on the Norfolk Broads.


18' Ant Particulars

LOA 18' 5.5m
Beam 6' 1.82m
Hull Mid Depth 2' 1 1/2" 0.65m
Draft 2'8" 0.815m
Sail Area 194 sq.ft 18.09 sq.m
Approx. Dry Weight 1450 lbs 658 kg
Ballast 470 lbs 213 kg

Hull Shape

Round bilge
Construction Methods Strip plank
Major strip wood requirements for hull 1800' of 5/8" x 1 1/4" (550m of 16x30mm) Western Red Cedar
Guidance Use 2-4 adults
Drawing/Design Package 7 x A1 drawings + 5 x A4 instruction sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans  

 

18' ANT BROADS DAYBOAT  PLANS PRICE

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £16.00/FULL PLANS £205 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £13.00/FULL PLANS £170 ($21/$272)

NEW 26' SKELLIG WOOD FISHING/WORKBOAT
The Skellig 26 is a wood version of the Saltee Island. She has the same rugged hull design for use as a  workboat/fishing boat for coastal and offshore use. She has a large cockpit and enclosed wheelhouse with space below for a simple wc and/or galley.

The plans give details for the hull to be built in strip Cedar with a round bilge hull and a plywood hull which is multi-chined. In both cases construction is rugged and very strong for work use.

The hull has a U bottomed shape giving an easy riding displacement hull that can be fitted out in a number of different ways. The hull could also be fitted out as a rugged pleasure craft with larger wheelhouse/forward cabin.

26' Skellig Particulars

LOA 26'1" 7.96m
Beam 10' 3.04m
Hull Mid Depth 4'4" 1.32m
Draft 3' 1 1/2" 0.95m
Maximum Headroom (wheelhouse) 6'5" 1.95m
Approx. Dry Weight 6615 lbs 3000 kg
Engine 35 to 80 hp inboard  

Hull Shape

U bottom double chine and round bilge
Construction Methods Strip plank and plywood
Major wood requirements for hull Strip Cedar Hull Plywood Hull
11 sheets off 24mm ply 16 sheets of 9mm ply
884m of 22x50mm WRC 32 sheets of 12mm ply
Guidance Use Coastal/Offshore
Drawing/Design Package 10 x A1 drawings + 6 x A4 instruction/spec sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans  

 

SKELLIG 26 PLANS PRICE

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £20.00/FULL PLANS £285 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £17.00/FULL PLANS £243 ($27/$389)

NEW SKELLIG 18

The Skellig 18 is based on our Skellig 26 workboat/fishing boat. She has a double chined V bottom shape with generous beam making her a very stable working platform for all kinds of duties. The hull, with it's high volume and weight carrying capacity would also make an excellent base for a pleasure boat outfit.

Although details are given for an inboard diesel installation, she could easily take an outboard on the transom or in a well. Construction is ply plank over frame with the frames, bow girder and transom set up on a strongback, chine and hog stringers added and bevelled before fitting the ply planking oversize and trimming back.

The cockpit height can be altered but as shown is self draining. There is plenty of stowage and locker space.

Skellig 18 Particulars

LOA 18' 1 1/2" 5.53m
Beam 7'2" 2.18m
Hull Mid Depth 3'2" 0.96m
Draft 2' 0.61m
Approx. Dry Weight in plywood 1985 lbs 900 kg
Engine 9-30 hp inboard  

Hull Shape

Double chine V bottom
Construction Methods Ply over frame
Major plywood requirements for hull 16 x 6mm sheets
6 x 9mm sheets
1 x 24mm sheets
Guidance Use Estuary/coastal
Drawing/Design Package 6 x A1 drawings + 5 x A4 instruction/spec sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans  

 

SKELLIG 18 PLANS PRICE

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £16.00/FULL PLANS £155 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £13.00/FULL PLANS £129 ($27/$206)

NEW 18' MORNING TIDE  

 Many moons ago when I first started as a designer with McGruers on the Gareloch, I drew the lines of a 19' pocket cruiser for myself, partly as the day job was full of racing yachts - I never got to build her but the drawing was kept safe and would casually drop into my lap just to remind me of her existence when I was busy searching for other things in the office.

 I drew up a smaller version and called her the Tideway 14 (after an area on the Thames I had enjoyed boating on) and you can see her on the Pocket Cruisers up to 16' page renamed as the Morning Tide 14 - at the same time I sketched 18' and 22' versions and after many years of gestation I have finally detailed the 18 footer.

 She can be fitted out in a number of ways - the plans show forward V berths and a reasonable galley and WC compartment aft but one or other of these can be moved or omitted so that 1 or 2 quarter berths can be accommodated. The plans also show an optional outboard well.

 Like her smaller sister, she has a long keel with a simple ballast box. Other keel options could be used.

 Construction is egg-box type with ply frames and fore and aft girders slotted together - the hull panels can then be fitted and the chines finished in stitch and tape style, or stringers can be fitted and the planking completed plank over frame or clinker.

18' Morning Tide Particulars

LOD 18'6" 5.64m
Beam 7'4" 2.25m
Hull Mid Depth 3'7" 1.10m
Draft 3'2" 0.73m
Sail Area 252 sq.ft 23.4 sq.m
Approx. Dry Weight 3197 lbs 1450 kg
Ballast 1213 lbs 550 kg
Maximum Headroom 5' 1.53m
Number of berths 2-4  

Hull Shape

Round bilge multi-chine.
Construction Methods Stitch and Tape, Ply over Frame, Clinker Ply
Major plywood requirements for hull 6mm - 3 sheets
9mm - 23 sheets
Guidance Use Estuary, coastal, cross channel
Drawing/Design Package 10 x A1 drawings + 9 x A4 instruction sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans  

 

18' MORNING TIDE PLANS PRICE

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £20.00/FULL PLANS £225 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £15.00/FULL PLANS £187 ($24/$299)

NEW  16' SELWAY FISHER MELONSEED SKIFF

 The original Melonseed skiffs were gunning boats for hunting around the New Jersey area of North America. Unlike some of the other gunning skiffs and sneak boxes which were definitely inland boats, the Melonseeds were for use in more open and estuary waters which, around New Jersey, could be quite choppy.

 With their fine lines they were quick boats and easily sailed with their single boomed sprit rigs which were unstayed. They were often carvel built (clinker sometimes producing too much noise for gunning) with a lovely low profile and beautifully raked transom with wineglass aft sections. The hull has a narrow flat bottom plank which is flat from the bottom of the bow to around 2/3rds of the length aft where it swings up in a graceful curve to the transom which narrows as it goes. this makes fitting the centreboard case very easy.

 The Selway Fisher version uses a pivoted plywood centreboard for convenience in shallow waters rather than the daggerboard that the original boats often had and has a strip planked hull.

 She is a very beautiful and unusual hull type - an excellent project for the builder wanting an unusual project - there are many photos on the web of the traditional type.

 

16' Selway Fisher Melonseed Skiff Particulars

LOA 16'1" 4.91m
Beam 5'7" 1.70m
Hull Mid Depth 1'6" 0.45m
Draft 6"/3'1 1/2" 0.15/0.95m
Sail Area 97 sq.ft 9 sq.m 
Approx. Dry Weight 430lbs 195 kg

Hull Shape

Strip planked round bilge
Construction Method Strip plank
Major strip wood requirements for hull 340m of 9x33mm (1115' of 3/8"x1 1/4")
Guidance Use 3-4 adults
Drawing/Design Package 5x A1 drawings + 9 x A4 instruction sheets 

 

16' MELONSEED SKIFF PLANS PRICE

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £16/FULL PLANS £123 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £13/FULL PLANS £102 ($21/$163)

NEW  13' 4" SELWAY FISHER MELONSEED SKIFF

 The 13'4" Melonseed skiff follows the same lineage as her 16' sister (below) and in fact, you will probably find more of this length than the longer boat around the shores of New Jersey.

 This shorter example has a pierced toe rail which was quite usual on the original boats - this could also be fitted to the 16 footer. She has the same easily handled unstayed sprit rig and centreboard rather than the daggerboard that the original boats often had - this is simply for convenience when sailing in very shallow waters.

 I have gone for a curved cockpit coaming very much of the canoe type - the original boats had a smaller cockpit opening which was of a simple rectangular shape and again, this could be used rather than the shape shown on the drawings.

 Like her longer sister, a very beautiful boat with graceful strip planked hull lines to make an unusual project and a nice boat to sail.

 

13'4" Selway Fisher Melonseed Skiff Particulars

LOA 13'4" 4.06m
Beam 4'4 1/2" 1.33m
Hull Mid Depth 1'2 3/4" 0.37m
Draft 6 1/4"/2'5" 0.16/0.73m
Sail Area 62.4 sq.ft 5.8 sq.m 
Approx. Dry Weight 331lbs 150 kg

Hull Shape

Strip planked round bilge
Construction Method Strip plank
Major strip wood requirements for hull 200m of 9x33mm (656' of 3/8"x1 1/4")
Guidance Use 2-3 adults
Drawing/Design Package 7x A1 drawings + 9 x A4 instruction sheets
Moulds given full-size.

 

13'4" MELONSEED SKIFF PLANS PRICE

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £16/FULL PLANS £97 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £13/FULL PLANS £81 ($21/$130)

NEW  20' FISHER SKIPJACK  


 The origin of the skipjack is a little obscure - they seem to have been a development of the flat bottomed sharpie with many examples having a much wider beam than the sharpie, a deadrise to the bottom and great flare to the topsides. However, historians are divided and some see the hull type as nothing to do with the sharpie form at all and simply a development in North American working boat hull shape in it's own right. Whatever the origin, examples were to be seen in the Gulf of Mexico in the 1880's and they were later built at Martha's Vineyard (Massachusetts) and Chesapeake Bay.

 Apart from their distinctive hulls, they usually sported a gaff main with single jib and were characterized by their sweeping sheer line. All in all, these features lead to a very seaworthy, easily built and very 'salty' looking craft.

 Construction is ply plank over frame with the ply fore and aft girder combined with the centreboard case set up with the ply bulkheads and frames upside down. Stringers are added before everything is cleaned up and made ready for the ply planking. To make things simple and low cost, the ballast, as in the original boats is in the bilges in the form of scrap steel or lead.

 The standard layout is for twin berths plus room for a galley and wc and a large cockpit but this can be easily altered to suit your own requirements.

20' Fisher Skipjack Particulars

LOD (excl. schooner beak) 19'2" 5.84m
LOA (excl. bowsprit) 20'8" 6.30m
Beam 8'8" 2.64m
Hull Mid Depth 2'11" 0.88m
Draft 1'7 3/4"/3'10" 0.50/1.17m
Sail Area 231 sq.ft 21.5 sq.m
Approx. Dry Weight 2646 lbs 1200 kg
Ballast 882 lbs 400 kg
Maximum Headroom 4'8" 1.42m
Number of berths 2 + 2 in the cockpit  

Hull Shape

'V' bottomed, single chine.
Construction Methods Ply plank over frame
Major plywood requirements for hull 6mm - 10 sheets
9mm - 16 sheets
12mm - 6 sheets
Guidance Use Estuary, coastal, cross channel, offshore
Drawing/Design Package 9 x A1 drawings + 10 x A4 instruction sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans  

 

20' FISHER SKIPJACK PLANS PRICE

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £20.00/FULL PLANS £225 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £17.00/FULL PLANS £187 ($27/$299)

NEW 14' FISHER PROSPECTOR (5 Plank)  

A 14' version of our most popular canoe design - the 15' 8" Fisher Prospector. Over the years, the 15'8" Prospector has been cut down by those wanting a shorter version simply by cutting a piece out of the middle - this works but is not ideal and so I have drawn up this new version. She retains the 5 planks per side of her bigger sister and a similar high capacity.

15' Fisher Prospector Particulars

LOA 14' 4.27m
Beam 35" 0.88m
Hull Mid Depth 13 3/4" 0.35m
Approx. Dry Weight 50lbs 23kg
Approx. Capacity 725lbs 329kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine with 5 planks per side and tumblehome
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 4 sheets of 4, 5 or 6mm
Guidance Use General purpose - high capacity - 2 adults plus 2 children.
Drawing/Design Package 4 x A1 drawings  + 10 x A4 instruction sheets

 

14' FISHER PROSPECTOR FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £46 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £38 ($61)


NEW 15' FISHER PROSPECTOR  

Our 15' 8" Fisher Prospector is our most popular canoe design (go to Open Canoes 15'-17'). This new version has been requested by a client who wanted a similar canoe, slightly shorter and with 7 planks per side rather than the 5 of the original design. The 15' Fisher Prospector has the same beam as her bigger sister and is still a high capacity canoe suitable for 2 to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. The plans come with the same sail, spar, rudder and leeboard details used on the 15'8" version.

15' Fisher Prospector Particulars

LOA 15' 4.58m
Beam 35" 0.88m
Hull Mid Depth 13 3/4" 0.35m
Approx. Dry Weight 61lbs 28kg
Approx. Capacity 775lbs 351kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine with 7 planks per side and tumblehome
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 4 sheets of 4, 5 or 6mm
Guidance Use General purpose - high capacity - 2 adults plus 2 children - often used with gunter mainsail and jib
Drawing/Design Package 4 x A1 drawings  + 10 x A4 instruction sheets

 

15' FISHER PROSPECTOR FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £46 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £38 ($61)


NEW  VIKING 16  
 This canoe is an interesting development of our Fisher Prospector canoe for clients who want to turn up to the local open canoe meet in threatening manner ready to do a bit of pillaging etc! 

 As far as I know, the Vikings did not have small canoe like boats and so, unlike the original longboats, which had fairly slack bilges, she has the typical high stability Prospector mid section with tumblehome in the topsides and 6 planks per side.

Viking 16 Particulars

LOA 15'6" 4.73m
Beam 35" 0.89m
Hull Mid Depth 14 1/2" 0.37m
Approx. Dry Weight 70lbs 32kg
Approx. Capacity 800lbs 363kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine with 6 planks per side and tumblehome
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 5 - 6 sheets of 4, 5 or 6mm
Guidance Use General purpose - high capacity - 2 adults plus 2 children
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings + 11 x A4 instruction sheets

 

VIKING 16 RACING CANOE FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £51 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £43 ($69)


NEW RUFUS 20
 The RUFUS 17 plans have included the hull panel and frame shapes for a 20' x 8' version which were requested as a modification. I have now taken the 20' details and added a full set of plans for this version including hull construction details, deck and superstructure details and both inboard (with rudder) and outboard installation details.

 She can be built using stitch and tape or ply over frame methods - stringers can be conventional full laminated wood or the 'combi-stringer' type with a square section laminated stringer combined with epoxy filleting. She is a 'chunky' little work horse that may be fitted out as a fishing/workboat boat with the wheelhouse shown above (which accommodates 2 full length bunk/seats) and aft self-draining cockpit or, using your own configuration to give more or less internal accommodation space.

 
Above - a 20' version of the Rufus by Shaun Squyres - the 20' details are included with the standard plans for the Rufus.
For the construction of another 20' Rufus have a look at Richard Hulbert's web page at www.eibusiness.com/orca-hull.html and below.
 

 

Rufus 20 Particulars

LOA 20' 1" 6.13m
Beam 8'2" 2.46m
Hull Mid Depth 3'3" 1.00m
Draft - outboard 1'5" 0.43m
Draft - inboard 1'10 1/2" 0.57m
Maximum Headroom 6'5" 1.96m
Approx. Dry Weight 2867 lbs 1300 kg
Engine 15-45 hp  

Hull Shape

U shaped multi-chine with 3 chines per side
Construction Methods Stitch and tape/ply over frame
Major plywood requirements for hull 22 x 9mm sheets for hull 
For deck/wheelhouse 4 x 4mm sheets, 5 x 9mm sheets and 3 x 12mm sheets.
Guidance Use Estuary/coastal
Drawing/Design Package 7 x A1 drawings + 9 x A4 instruction/spec sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans Inboard & outboard installations detailed.

 

RUFUS 20 PLANS PRICE

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £16.00/FULL PLANS £175 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £13.00/FULL PLANS £149 ($21/$238)

NEW  16' WHOOPING SWAN
Marlow 27

 The Whooping Swan is a development of the 16' Grey Swan pocket cruiser - a client asked me to alter the hull so that it would take an outboard with a wheelhouse - in doing this we have added buoyancy to the aft end and made the transom more vertical to take an outboard. Headroom in the wheelhouse is around 5’11! (1.80m) and a 5 hp outboard would move her along nicely.

 At first, the plans were in addition to the standard Grey Swan plans which meant that you needed the original Grey Swan plans to get all the details to construct the boat. However, I have now added further plans so that it is now a design in it's own right.

 Construction is for stitch and tape although details are also given for simple chine stringers so the hull can be built using the ply over frame method.   

Below is a card model of the motor version by Brent.

 

16' Whooping Swan Particulars

LOA 15'9" 4.80m
Beam 7'3" 2.22m
Hull Mid Depth 3'1" 0.94m
Draft 1' 2 1/2" 0.37m
Approx. Dry Weight ex engine 1103 lbs
500 kg

Hull Shape

Round bilge with narrow flat bottom and 3 planks per side
Construction Methods Stitch & tape and ply over frame
Major plywood requirements for hull 5 x 6mm sheet
16 x 9mm sheets
Guidance Use 2-4 adults
Drawing/Design Package 4 x A1 drawings + 7 x A4 instruction sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans  

 

WHOOPING SWAN PLANS COST

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £16.00/FULL PLANS £110 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £13.00/FULL PLANS £89 ($21/$142)

NEW  16' RIVER LAPWING CATBOAT
Marlow 27

 This is a curvaceous and neat example of the traditional American catboat. She has been designed to give maximum usability and space in a 16' long package. There is plenty of room for storage and to fit the batteries for an electric drive pod. The drawings show a half-decked open boat but she could take a simple wood or canvas cuddy, boom tent and has room to sleep on.

 The hull has plenty of form stability in her sections and ends in the lovely tumblehome bow of the traditional cape Cod catboats.

 Construction is for Cedar strip planking over computer faired moulds.

16' River Lapwing Catboat Particulars

LOA 15'10" 4.85m
Beam 7' 2.13m
Hull Mid Depth 2' 6" 0.75m
Draft
Draft incl rudder
1'6"
3'10"
0.46m
1.17m
Approx. Dry Weight (incl. electric pod and batteries) 1500 lbs 680 kg

Hull Shape

Round bilge
Construction Methods Cedar strip plank
Major plywood requirements for hull 1740' of 1/2" x 1 1/4" (530m of 18x30mm) Western Red Cedar
Guidance Use 4-6 adults
Drawing/Design Package 7 x A1 drawings + 5 x A4 instruction sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans  

 

16' RIVER LAPWING CATBOAT PLANS COST

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £16.00/FULL PLANS £160 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £13.00/FULL PLANS £132 ($21/$211)

NEW 15'9" DRIFT BOAT
Drift 163
 Drift boats are usually used in tricky rivers with fast running currents and rocky passages for fly fishing. The oarsman sits aft, facing forward and uses the oars to manoeuvre the boat round rocks whilst the boat is carried down river by the current. The fly fisherman stands forward braced against the foredeck whilst he is fishing.
 The seating is adjustable and by repositioning the seats, the boat can be rowed conventionally. A very rugged design which can be built using either conventional ply over frame methods or stitch and tape.

15' 9" Drift Boat Particulars

LOA 15'9" 4.8m
Beam (excl. rubbers) 5'10" 1.78m
Width of bottom 3'10" 1.17m
Hull Mid Depth 2' 0 1/4" 0.62m
Draft (approx. loaded) 9" 0.22m
Approx. Dry Weight 298 lbs 135 kg

Hull Shape

Flat bottom single chine
Construction Method Ply over frame or stitch and tape
Major plywood requirements for hull 7 sheets of 9mm exterior or marine plywood
Guidance Use 3-4 adults
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawing + 6 x A4 instruction sheets

 

15' 9" DRIFT BOAT FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £67 (incl. VAT)           

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £55 ($88)  


NEW  24' NEW BEDFORD WHALER
Marlow 27

 The New Bedford Whalers were renowned for their ruggedness and sea-kindly manner. Typically they were 28' or 30' long. I was asked to draw up the lines for a shorter version for a film company and decided to use this design work as the basis of a full set of plans for a clinker/ply version.

 She can be built without the sail rig, rudder and centreplate as a very efficient and seaworthy rowing craft for a crew of five - four rowers and steersman.

26' Whaler Particulars

LOA 24'2" 7.38m
Beam 5'10 3/4" 1.79m
Draft (loaded) 9" 0.23m
Hull Mid Depth 2' 3" 0.69m
Displacement to WL 1786 lbs 810 kg
Approx. Dry Weight 606 lbs 275 kg

Hull Shape

'U' shape with 8 planks per side
Construction Methods Clinker ply.
Major plywood requirements for hull 12 x 9mm sheets
Guidance Use 5-10 adults
Drawing/Design Package 5 x A1 drawings + 4 x A4 instruction sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans  

 

24' NEW BEDFORD WHALER PLANS COST

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £16.00/FULL PLANS £150 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £13.00/FULL PLANS £123 ($21/$197)

NEW  30' CORNISH MOTOR GIG
Marlow 27

 Based on the traditional Cornish Pilot Gig this updated version has had it's beam increased from the usual 5' (1.525m) to 6'9" (2.05m) to accommodate an inboard diesel engine and a bigger rig. These gigs were used for general service, salvage and piloting and sometimes, for fishing. With it's engine, rig and centreplate she will be a very useful multi-purpose craft still able to move well under oar.

She can be built without the engine or the centreplate if you want to use her for other purposes. She is half decked but could be built completely open or even take a small cabin.

Construction is modern Cedar strip overlaid with Khaya veneer with several of the moulds being used as permanent frames and bulkheads.

30' Cornish Motor Gig Particulars

LOD 30' 9.12m
Beam 6' 9" 2.06m
Hull Mid Depth 2' 7 1/2" 0.80m
Draft
Draft incl rudder
2' 1 1/2"
5' 1"
0.65m
1.56m
Approx. Dry Weight (incl. engine) 1433 lbs 650 kg

Hull Shape

Round bilge
Construction Methods Cedar strip plank
Strip plank requirements for hull 2720' of 1/2" x 1 1/4" (830m of 12x35mm) Western Red Cedar plus 645 sq.ft. of 3/32" (60 sq.m. of 2mm) Khaya veneer
Guidance Use 6 adults +
Drawing/Design Package 8 x A1 drawings + 7 x A4 instruction sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans  

 

30' CORNISH MOTOR GIG PLANS COST

UK/EU - STUDY PLAN £16.00/FULL PLANS £260 (incl. VAT)
USA/ELSEWHERE - STUDY PLAN £13.00/FULL PLANS £213 ($21/$341)

NEW   BOCAR 8  
 The Bocar 8 is born out of a wish to get even! A couple of years ago I was asked to design a 6' dinghy which would form the lid of a car roof box. I duly did this but received no Royalties - the product featured on two TV programs in the UK, died a death and then rose again 'Pheonix-like' and can now be seen in Australia! 

 The original design is what it is - a little 6' boat for one person to use on sheltered inland waters.

 This new design is a big improvement on the original little 6' dinghy - it is a much more practical and useful boat being almost 8' long, wider and slightly deeper. The aft end has been modified with more buoyancy to make it more practical for use with an outboard and as a proper yacht tender - and the new design is multi-role - she can be built in one piece as a standard (non roof box) row, motor and sailing dinghy - or built as a roof box or built to split into 2 nesting halves with a total approx. size of 1.25m x 1.2m x 0.53m (4'1" x 4' x 1'9") excl. skegs.

The Bocar 8 is a proper yacht tender, fishing boat or a boat to teach the youngsters to sail in.

 

Bocar 8 Particulars

LOA 7' 11" 2.41m
Beam 3'11" 1.2m
Hull Mid Depth 1'5" 0.43m
Draft (average with skegs)/ incl.daggerbaord 8"/2'6" 0.20/0.76m
Sail Area 34 sq.ft 3.15 sq. m
Approx. Dry Weight 65 lbs 30 kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine - round bilge, pram bow
Construction Method Stitch & Tape Plywood
Major plywood requirements for hull 3-4 sheets of 6mm (1/4") plywood
Guidance Use 2-3 adults rowing/motoring - 1-2 adults sailing
Drawing/Design Package 4 x A1 + 1 x A1 drawings + 8 x A4 instruction sheets

 

BOCAR 8 FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £56 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £47 ($75)


NEW  LODDON 20' STRIP PLANKED OR FRP SKIFF

The Loddon 20 is round bilged and can be made using foam sandwich (FRP) and strip plank Cedar construction methods. The moulds, transom and inner stem shape. She is designed for 2 or 3 rowing plus a cox or 2 rowing plus cox and passenger. The hull shape has a low wetted surface area shape with good stability and a reasonable freeboard for use in choppy waters. 

20' Loddon  Rowing Skiff Particulars

LOA 20'4" 6.20m
Beam 4'9" 1.45m
Hull Mid Depth 1' 7" 0.49m
Draft 7" 0.18m
Approx. Dry Weight 135 lbs 62 kg

Hull Shape

Round bilge
Construction Method FRP (foam sandwich) and strip plank
Major strip Cedar requirements for hull 2164' of 3/8"x3/4" (660m of 8mm x 19mm)
Guidance Use 4 adults
Drawing/Design Package 2x A0, 5 x A1 drawings + 4 x A4 instruction sheets

 

LODDON 20' FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £113 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £94 ($150)


NEW 65' TEIGN MOTOR BARGE
I have recently drawn up the steel work/construction drawing along with the frame and plate shapes for a steel multi-chine version of the 45' Teign Motor Barge. We can also send details for the rudder engine beds etc for the 45' version as guidance for fitting out this 65' version.

65' Steel Teign Particulars

LOA 65' 19.83m
Beam 13' 3.97m
Hull Mid Depth 5' 1.5m
Draft 2'4" 0.71m
Maximum Headroom 6'7" 2m
Displacement 29.53 tons 30 tonnes
Engine 150-250 hp inboard  

Hull Shape

Flat bottom and multi-chined hull sides
Construction Methods Welded steel
Guidance Use Coastal/cross channel
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings

 

65' STEEL TEIGN (HULL) PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £150 (incl. VAT)           

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £128 ($205)


NEW  20' STERN WHEELER MOULDS
Marlow 27

We have the computer generated and faired mould shapes and building jig details for a 20’ x 7' hull - a version of an old design which was originally narrower and designed for use with the steam plant sited aft and close to a stern paddle wheel. We supply the construction details and spec. for the Edwardian 19 to go with the mould shapes along with the saloon plans so that the builder can build the hull in similar fashion.

20' Stern Wheelerl Launch Particulars

LOA 20'  6.1m
Beam 7' 2.14m
Hull Mid Depth 1'11" 0.58m
Draft 8" 0.21m

Hull Shape

Round bilge
Construction Methods Strip plank
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings + construction details for the Edwardian 19
Additions and alterations included with the plans  

 

20' STERN WHEELER MOULDS PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £150 (incl. VAT)           

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £128 ($205)


NEW  SURF 8  
 The design for the Surf 8 started with the need for a small dinghy that would have pretensions to be a small multi role dayboat - an excellent sailing craft, motor boat and still be easily car toppable.

Taking the Skylark series as a start, I have given her a vertical aft transom to maximize buoyancy aft and make it easier to mount an outboard motor. The floor at the aft end has been flattened too to give her sections that will allow her to surf and plane.

The beam has been increased, the bilge sections hardened and the mid depth increased to give her the ability to carry heavier weights and more sail area than is usual for an 8' boat - she will feel more like a 10 footer than an 8 footer.

Construction is simple stitch and tape to keep costs, building time and weight down and the plans come with details for both pivoted centreboard and vertical lift daggerboard plus two rigs - the single sprit main rig with masts and spars that fit within the length of the hull and a more ambitious gunter sloop for those who want more strings to play with and a more exciting sail. Other modern rigs could also be fitted.

 

 

 

Surf 8 Particulars

LOA 7' 10" 2.38m
Beam (outside gunwales) 4' 1 1/2" 1.26m
Hull Mid Depth 1'8" 0.51m
Draft 4 3/4"/2' 4 1/2" 0.12/0.72m
Sail Area 35/51 sq.ft 3.28/4.71 sq. m
Approx. Dry Weight 65 lbs 30 kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine - round bilge, pram bow
Construction Method Stitch & Tape Plywood
Major plywood requirements for hull 3 sheets of 6mm (1/4") plywood
Guidance Use 2 adults rowing/motoring - 1-2 adults sailing
Drawing/Design Package 4 x A1 + 1 x A1 drawings + 7 x A4 instruction sheets

 

SURF 8 FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £62 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £51 ($82)


NEW  14' CREE STRIP PLANKED KAYAK
Dragon 35

The Cree 14 is essentially a strip planked version of the Esk 14. The mould shapes are given full-size and details are given for a simple building jig. 6mm thick Western red Cedar is used for the strip planking although other woods may be used.

Normally the hull and deck would be sheathed in 6oz. (210gm) woven roving in epoxy resin.

Cree 14 Particulars

LOA 14' 6" 4.42m
Beam 2'5" 0.74m
Mid Depth (deck to hull bottom) 13" 0.33m
Approx. Dry Weight 53lbs 24kg
Approx. Capacity 265lbs 129kg

Hull Shape

'U' section
Construction Method Strip Plank
Strip Plank Requirements 1475' of 1/4"x5/8" (450m of 6x15mm)
Guidance Use Sea and general purpose
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 sheets + 3 x A4 instruction sheets

 

14' CREE KAYAK FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £56 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £47 ($75)


NEW  ARCTIC SKUA CANOE YAWL
Artic Tern

 The Arctic Tern is a lightweight canoe yawl that has a nod towards the small canoe yawls that were popular in Europe during the last century for touring and racing. She uses 4mm ply and the stitch and tape method of construction to produce a easily built stiff and lightweight hull.

 The board is offset to one side with the case forming the front of a side tank leaving the cockpit clear of any structures. Areas under the fore and aft and side decking can be used for storage and floatation.

 The rig has simple standing lug sails on unstayed masts.

Arctic Skua Particulars

LOA 14' 4.27m
Beam 30" 0.76m
Hull Mid Depth 13 1/2" 0.32m
Approx. Dry Weight (excl. spars/sails) 52lbs 24kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine with 3 planks per side
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 5 sheets of 4mm
Guidance Use General purpose single sailing
Drawing/Design Package 6 x A1 drawings + 7 A4 instruction sheets

 

ARCTIC SKUA SAILING CANOE FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £77 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £64 ($102)


NEW  WESTRAY  
 Several years ago I was asked by PJS Boats to draw up a modified Highlander 16 dayboat with a real seagoing jaunty sheer and plenty of stability to take a powerful rig. The Westray 16 was born and later they asked me to design a smaller dinghy in the same manner - practical, powerful, good under sail, oars and outboard and with the same jaunty sheer line. This became the Westray 9 which was well received by the magazines.

 PJS Boats stopped trading and the Westray 9 was lost until I unearthed the plank and frame shapes when searching for another set of drawings. I always thought that I would like to fully draw her up and now I have taken the opportunity to do so and offer her to all boatbuilders.

 The drawings include details for stitch and tape construction and the mould shapes and building jig details for clinker ply construction. Also included are two rigs - a simple balanced lug sail and a cat-like gaff main and the plans also have details for both a daggerboard and pivoted centreboard arrangement.

 

 

Below left - the prototype Westray 9 by PJS Boats in plywood also acted as the plug for a fibreglass version which is shown on the water.

Below are two photographs from the Sailing Today magazine review of April 1998 where the Westray 9 was very highly praised and recommended as an excellent small sailing dinghy and tender.

Westray 9 Particulars

LOA 9' 1/2" 2.76m
Beam (outside gunwales) 4' 2" 1.27m
Hull Mid Depth 1'6" 0.45m
Draft 4 3/4"/2' 6" 0.12/0.76m
Sail Area 46 sq.ft 4.3 sq. m
Approx. Dry Weight 90 lbs 41 kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine - round bilge, 4 planks per side
Construction Method Stitch & Tape Plywood & Clinker Ply
Major plywood requirements for hull 3 sheets of 6mm (1/4") plywood
Guidance Use 2-3 adults rowing/motoring - 2 adults sailing
Drawing/Design Package 6 x A1 + 1 x A1 drawings + 6 x A4 instruction sheets

 

WESTRAY 9 (ROW) FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £62 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £51 ($82)

WESTRAY 9 (SAIL) FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £70 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £58 ($93)


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Please note - the plan prices do not include P&P charges which will be added to your order.

The maximum P&P charges for plans are :-
UK - £1 per plan (sent by 1st class Business Post.
Europe - £2 per plan (sent by Airmail).
USA & Elsewhere - £4 ($6) per plan (sent by Airmail).

See the Postage Charge Table (via the Home Page) for further details.