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STEAM & ELECTRIC LAUNCHES
UP TO 20' IN LENGTH
(PLYWOOD & CEDAR STRIP)

 

Study Plans are available for these designs - remember a study plan gives you more details and a wood materials list usually on two A1 sheets, 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.

We have 8 designs - 3 for plywood construction and 5 for Cedar strip planking. Furthermore, 2 of the designs have options for longer lengths.

 

Note - In the particulars for each design, the dry weight is given for guidance only and will vary depending on the grade/density of plywood and solid wood used - different thicknesses of ply are often used by builders and the dry weight figure is based on the thinnest ply specified.
Also the Guidance Use comments are given in good faith and are based on feedback from previous builders etc and based on standard weight adults - contact us if you want further clarification before ordering/building.
Speed and power requirements are also based on feedback and estimates and are for guidance only - actual speeds attained will depend on loading etc.
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Steam Launches on this Page

Felix 13'/15' Felix 16' 15'3" Rose 15'4" Fanny
17'9" Indian Runner 18'6" Silent Explorer 19' Sapphire Edwardian 19

 

FELIX 13'/15' STRIP PLANKED LAUNCH
Felix 13'Felix 13'
This is one of those commissions that every designer loves to work on occasionally - a step back in to pure nostalgia. But having said that, our researches before designing this vessel showed just how expert early designers were in getting just the right compromise in design without the aid of computers.
The drawings detail all the mould shapes for strip planked construction without the need for lofting and show her fitted out with a Stewart Turner ‘Swan’ steam plant. She could also be fitted with an electric propulsion unit. LOA 13’; Beam 5’; Draft 1’4’’. There is also an additional sheet available showing the mould shapes for a 15’ version of the Felix and also for a transom hung rudder version.

Stephen Brock & Andrew Williams have built a beautiful example with electric power which you can see at their web site - http://www.at.williams.freeuk.com
Above is a beautifully built15' version of the Felix fitted with a Yanmar 1GM10 Diesel and with raised freeboard by Robert J. Mifflin of Canada.
Left - the moulds set up by Eric van Nostrand - note the holes around the edge of each mould to aid clamping.
Left a nice example of the 15' Felix by Stuart Russell.
Below is a nice example of the 15' version by Klaas Kamminga with a diesel installation.
 
Below is another nice example of the 13' version by Martina & Klaus Buldt - note that Martina and Klaus have written a book on the construction of their Felix 'Lagom' - ISBN: 978-3-7883-2113-0.

Below - a 15' Felix under construction.

Below is an example of the 15' version by Anders Linderborg.
Anders has a web site detailing the construction at www.linderborg.fi/vene
Below a beautiful example of the Felix 13 with the vertical transom option by Philip Paddy

Felix 13'/15' Particulars

LOA 13' and 15' 3.97m and 4.58m
Beam 5' and 5' 5 1/2" 1.53m and 1.66m
Hull Mid Depth 1'10" 0.56m
Draft 1'4" 0.41m
Approx. Dry Weight 992 lbs and 1213 lbs 450kg and 550 kg
Engine 3-5 IHP steam  

Hull Shape

Round bilge
Construction Methods Strip plank
Major strip wood requirements for hull 1475' of 1/2" x 3/4" (450m of 11x18mm) WRC
Guidance Use Up to 4 adults
Drawing/Design Package 8 x A1 drawings+ 5 x A4 instruction/spec sheets (15' version has a further 2 x A1 drawings)
Additions and alterations included with the plans Mould details etc for a vertical transom version of the original 13'x5' Felix with outboard hung rudder.

 

FELIX 13 PLANS PRICE

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - STUDY PLAN £25.00/FULL PLANS £125

(Study Plan approx. 30 Euros/$34 USD; Full Plan approx. 150 Euros/$169 USD)

EXTRA FOR 15' FELIX PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN £35          

(Extra 15'  Plan approx. 42 Euros/$47 USD)


New - plans to make a model of the 13' Felix
There are now plans available for a scale model of the Felix 13' design for steam power - go to www.makeamodelboat.com.


  NEW 16' FELIX LAUNCH

 Our Felix 13’ was lengthened to 15’ and the beam increased to accommodate batteries for electric power and now this design has been lengthened a further 12” and the beam increased by 6” and the hull depth also increased so that she may accommodate an aft saloon.

  This new Felix now has the ability to take 2 in comfort for over-night stays or to be fitted out without the saloon as a work launch or small fishing boat. Construction is in strip plank and the machinery arrangement shows an electric motor but she could of course take steam or diesel power.

The plans now include the modified moulds etc for a schooner bow version of the Felix 16. The schooner bow adds 680mm (2'3") to the length of the hull.

 Felix 16' Particulars

LOA 16' 4.88m
Beam 6' 1.83m
Hull Mid Depth 2'7" 0.78m
Draft 1'9" 0.53m
Approx. Dry Weight with batteries etc 1800 lbs 816 kg
Engine 1.4kW electric or 3-5 IHP steam

Hull Shape

Round bilge.
Construction Methods Strip plank
Major plywood requirements for hull 1640' of 5/8" x 1 1/4" (500m of 15x30mm) WRC
Guidance Use 4-6 adults
Drawing/Design Package 7 x A1 drawings + 7 x A4 instruction/spec sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans  

 

FELIX 16' PLANS PRICE

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - STUDY PLAN £25.00/FULL PLANS £180

(Study Plan approx. 30 Euros/$34 USD; Full Plan approx. 216 Euros/$243 USD)

 

ROSE 15'3" 'V' BOTTOMED PLYWOOD LAUNCH
Rose 15

Left is a nice example by Mark Ellefson - you can see a U-Tuve video of his Rose at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KN5QjzyLzJE&feature=em-share_video_user

Below, the frame being set up for John Gauntt's Rose.

For those wanting an elegant traditional looking launch to go with their steam plant but which is relatively quick to build. Rose has a ‘V’ bottomed plywood hull which uses stitch and epoxy methods. Her construction can be light weight using 6mm ply or heavy duty using 2 layers of 5 or 6mm ply. She has a displacement of 890 kg to the DWL, which with a heavy construction of 250 kg allows her to carry good sized bunkers and at least 6 people. The drawings also show panel shapes for a smaller lighter version with the same length but a beam of 5’. LOD 15’3’’: Beam 6’2‘‘(or 5’); Draft 1’9’’.
Note that there are now details to make a 17'9"x6' version of the Rose.

Rose 15'3" Particulars

LOA 15'3" 4.65m 17'9" version 5.41m
Beam 6'2" & 5' 1.88m & 1.53m 6' 1.83m
Hull Mid Depth 2'4" 0.72m 2'7" 0.79m
Draft 1'9" 0.53m 1'9" 0.53m
Approx. Dry Weight 882 lbs 400 kg 1025lbs 465kg
Engine 3-5 IHP steam 5 IHP steam

Hull Shape

V bottom single chine
Construction Methods Ply over frame
Major plywood requirements for hull 16 x 4 or 5 mm sheets
1 x 9mm sheet
19 x 4 or 5mm sheets
1x9mm sheet
Guidance Use 4-6 adults 6-8 adults
Drawing/Design Package 7 x A1 drawings + 
7 x A4 instruction/spec sheets
3 x A1 additional drawings
Additions and alterations included with the plans Moulds/jig for clinker ply construction (6'2" beam).

 

ROSE 15'3" PLANS PRICE

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - STUDY PLAN £25.00/FULL PLANS £125

(Study Plan approx. 30 Euros/$34 USD; Full Plan approx. 150 Euros/$169 USD)

EXTRA FOR 17' 9" ROSE PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN £35          

(Extra 17'9" Plan approx. 42 Euros/$47 USD)


 

FANNY THE FANTAIL LAUNCH
Fanny 15
We were asked to design "Fanny" for the Boatman magazine and the construction of her hull was covered in issues 30 to 37. Since then several have been built both in plywood and in steel (by Peter Nicholls Steel Yachtbuilders). She was originally based upon our successful ROSE 'V' bottomed launch which has a large carrying capacity and enough volume for steam, electric or diesel engine propulsion. The drawings give details for Fanny to be built as an open launch or with a closed wheelhouse.
The original requirement was for a tough, robust single chine 'V' bottomed launch that could be stored in the average domestic garage but still have the capacity to carry up to 6 or 8 crew. She had to have sweet lines, the ability to be adapted for different roles and ease in construction.
Construction is based upon a simple framework of ply frames/bulkheads, ply fore/aft girders and stringers which is then clad in a ply hull skin. The frames define most of the fit-out so that, on turning her over, fit-out time is minimal.  LOD 15'4" (4.68m); Beam 6'3" (1.91m); Draught 1'8" (0.51m); Approx. wht. 1455 lbs (660 kg).
Fanny 15
Safanny is a 15'4" Fanny Launch and the other 2 photosThese are of the 17'9" version by Timo Knuuttila.


The above example is by Phil Hartman and is powered by a Minkota 80 thrust electric motor.
Left is a slightly lengthened version of the15'4" Fanny launch (lengthened to 16') by John Hickman. John also rounded the chines and hull bottom.

15'4" Fanny the Fantail Particulars

LOA 15'4" and 17'9" 4.68m and 5.41m
Beam 6'3" 1.91m
Hull Mid Depth 2' 4 1/2" 0.72m
Draft 1'8" 0.51m
Maximum Headroom in wheelhouse 5'9" 1.75m
Approx. Dry Weight 1455 lbs 660 kg
Engine 5 IHP steam  

Hull Shape

V bottom single chine
Construction Methods Ply over frame
Major plywood requirements for hull 14 x 6mm sheets
3 x 9mm sheets
1 x 12mm sheet
Guidance Use Estuary/coastal for up to 6 adults
Drawing/Design Package 7 x A1 drawings + 7 x A4 instruction/spec sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans 17'9" version
Sailing details
Steel construction panel shapes

 

15'4" FANNY PLANS PRICE

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - STUDY PLAN £20.00/FULL PLANS £125

(Study Plan approx. 24 Euros/$27 USD; Full Plan approx. 150 Euros/$169 USD)

EXTRA FOR 17'9" FANNY PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN £30          

(Extra 17'9" Plan approx. 36 Euros/$41 USD)

EXTRA FOR STEEL FANNY PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN £35          

(Extra Steel Plan approx. 42 Euros/$47 USD)

 

New - plans to make a model of the Fanny Launch
There are now plans available for a scale model of the Fanny Launch design (17'9" length)  - go to www.makeamodelboat.com for details.

Note - for those builders who want to build a model of the Fanny Launch and also purchase the study plans for the full-size boat at the same time, we have discounted the combined model/study plans - see below - (£30 rather than £36 - UK/EU and £25 rather than £30 - US/Elsewhere)
Postage for the combined study/model plans will be £3 (UK); £5 (EU) and £6 (US & Elsewhere).

FANNY COMBINED STUDY/MODEL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - PLAN £40                   

(Fanny Study plan/Model Plan approx. 48 Euros/$54 USD)


 

17'9" INDIAN RUNNER STRIP PLANKED LAUNCH

Above, Tom Peebles' Indian Runner 'Talisker' off Portsoy.

Indian Runner 17

Indian Runner is one of several steam launches that we are designing which are based upon the Amaryllis 22 hull form. This is characterised by having a long waterline length, wine glass shaped transom stern lifted well clear of the waterline and with very firm bilge sections giving high stability for her beam. This launch, designed for Mr. I. Cross will use a Taylor Compound steam unit with a coal fired boiler and she will swing a 14’’x20’’ propeller. The standard layout has her with an aft seat area separate from the engine area by a bulkhead/locker which also takes the steering wheel. Immediately forward of the boiler is the bunker followed by a separate forward seat area. Other layouts can of course be used.
She is constructed using the strip planked method using our computer faired mould shapes allowing the builder to get straight into construction. The hull may be sheathed inside and out with glass cloth in epoxy resin giving a tough abrasion resistant shell which requires little framing or maintenance and which can be finished clear. She may also be conventionally finished with ribs if you want true authenticity.
LOD 17’9’’ (5.40m); LWL 16’4’’ (4.98m); Beam 5’1’’ (1.55m); Draft 1’9’’ (0.53m); Displ. approx 2240 lbs (1000 kg). Details are available for a 21'6"x5'6" version of the Indian Runner.
Note - we have also drawn up the mould and jig details for a 19' x 6' version with an additional 3" of freeboard/hull depth - these details are given as part of the original 17'9" design package.
See Frank Meijers' Indian Runner, the S.S. Isabella under construction at www.mszwerver.nl  
Details are available for a 21'6"x5'6" version of the Indian Runner.
Left - Vesuvius a 21' Indian Runner
Below is a lovely varnished example with diesel engine by Jim Walker.
Right - Bill Hall's 21' Indian Runner at speed and looking excellent.

Below and right another beautiful example by Peter and Luke van Helden powered by a Sole 11. Peter will build your launch for you - for further details go to www.vanheldenbotenbouw.nl

Right is the 17'9" Indian Runner Haida originally built with a 12hp Dolphin inboard, then converted to steam and now powered by an SEM 1.5kW 48 volt electric motor with 8 x 6 volt 200 Ah batteries and 20 amp Zapi charger.
Below is an example of the 19'x6' version by Max Riner.  

Indian Runner Particulars

LOA 17'9" and 21'6" 5.4m and 6.56m
Beam 5'1" and 5'6" 1.55m and 1.68m
Hull Mid Depth 2'7" 0.78m
Draft 1'9" 0.53m
Displacement 2240 lbs 1000 kg
Engine 8 IHP steam  

Hull Shape

Round bilge
Construction Methods Strip plank
Major strip plank requirements for hull 1800' of 3/4" x 1 1/4" (550m of 18x30mm) WRC
Guidance Use 6+ adults
Drawing/Design Package 8 x A1 drawings + 4 x A4 instruction/spec sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans Moulds/jig for 21'6 x 5'6" (6.56 x 1.68m) version - 2 versions of this, one with tumblehome and the other without.
Moulds/jig details for a 19' x 6' (5.8x1.83m) version with 3" (75mm) additional freeboard (these details are part of the standard 17'9" version drawings).

 

17'9" INDIAN RUNNER PLANS PRICE

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - STUDY PLAN £25.00/FULL PLANS £230

(Study Plan approx. 30 Euros/$34 USD; Full Plan approx. 276 Euros/$311 USD)

EXTRA FOR 21'6" INDIAN RUNNER PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN £45            

(Extra 21'6" Indian Runner Plan approx. 54 Euros/$61 USD)

New - plans to make a model of the Indian Runner
There are now plans available for a scale model of the Indian Runner design for steam power - go to www.makeamodelboat.com.


 

18'6" SILENT EXPLORER OPEN STRIP PLANKED CANOE
Silent Explorer
For moving silently up remote quiet creeks and rivers to picnic amongst the Willows and enjoy country side not seen by many, we have designed this attractive electric canoe - she may also be used with small steam units.
Construction uses the strip plank process using computer faired mould shapes and she is powered by a Mini Kota type electric outboard. LOA 18'6" (5.64m); Beam 39" (0.99m); Weight 250 lbs (115 kg) with batteries.
She can take 3 or 4 adults. She could be fitted with a canopy or with steam power.

Complete Silent Explorer Canoes may be purchased from Amourelle Products at http://www.ElectricCanoe.co.uk
Included with the plan set are moulds to extend her to 21' with a little more beam.

18'6" Silent Explorer Particulars

LOA 18'6" 5.64m
Beam 39" 0.99m
Hull Mid Depth 1' 4 1/2" 0.42m
Draft 12" 0.3m
Approx. Dry Weight 250 lbs 115 kg
Engine 1-2 IHP steam  

Hull Shape

Round bilge with tumblehome
Construction Methods Strip plank
Major strip wood requirements for hull 1575' of 3/8" x 13/16" (480m of 9x20mm) WRC
Guidance Use 3-4 adults
Drawing/Design Package 6 x A1 drawings + 4 x A4 instruction/spec sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans Moulds for 21' (6.4m) version

 

18'6" SILENT EXPLORER PLANS PRICE

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - STUDY PLAN £25.00/FULL PLANS £200

(Study Plan approx. 30 Euros/$34 USD; Full Plan approx. 240 Euros/$270 USD)

 

19' SAPPHIRE SINGLE CHINE LAUNCH  
Sapphire 19' Sapphire is a simple 'V' bottom single chine plywood design and will suit the steam enthusiast who wants a good sized launch which does not take too long to build but which looks very elegant. Construction uses a simple ply framework which is set up upside down along with Pine stringers before the hull planking is applied over-size and trimmed. The standard layout has two cockpits, one fore and the other aft with a central engine space but she could be fitted out with various different arrangements. LOD 19'1" (5.82m); Beam 4'9" (1.45m); Draft 1'11" (0.59m); Displ. to WL 2800 lbs (1270 kg).
These pictures show Grayling, John Maltby's Sapphire.

19' Sapphire Particulars

LOA 19'1" 5.82m
Beam 4'9" 1.45m
Hull Mid Depth 2' 7 1/2" 0.8m
Draft 1'11" 0.59m
Displacement
Approx dry weight
2800 lbs
1433 lbs
1270 kg
650 kg
Engine 5-7 IHP steam  

Hull Shape

V bottom single chine
Construction Methods Ply over frame
Major plywood requirements for hull 8 x 6mm sheets
17 x 9mm sheets
1 x 12mm sheet
Guidance Use 6 + adults
Drawing/Design Package 8 x A1 drawings + 6 x A4 instruction/spec sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans Moulds/jig for 8 plank clinker ply construction

 

19' SAPPHIRE PLANS PRICE

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - STUDY PLAN £25.00/FULL PLANS £200

(Study Plan approx. 30 Euros/$34 USD; Full Plan approx. 240 Euros/$270 USD)

 

EDWARDIAN 19' STRIP PLANKED LAUNCH
Edwardian 19Smaller sister to the Edwardian 26, the hull of this version has also been based upon the Lifu launch. Her lines have, however, been further deepened so that she can also take the weight of batteries for electric propulsion. A 1.4 hp 48 volt motor may be used and there is room for batteries which would give a 12 hour cruising range. Alternatively, of course, she may be steam or diesel powered to suit your own requirements. The standard arrangement shown on the plans has an aft saloon which is big enough to take 2 full length bunks with stowage space for a small galley and wc. Forward is an open cockpit area with the steering position using a side wheel.
The plans show computer faired mould shapes for strip planked construction allowing the builder to get straight in to making the building mould without the need for lofting and details are given for the motor and steering installation. LOD 19’ (5.79m); Beam 5’8’’ (1.73m); Draft 2’1’’ 0.64m); Approx. wht. 2860 lb. (1300 kg).
Details are available of the mould shapes for a 21' x 5'10" version of the Edwardian 19.
Edwardian 21
Above - a 21' version of the Edwardian 19 built by Ralph Pullen.

I was asked to remodel the Edwardian 19 hull to dimensions of 25'x5'10" for Nigel Thompson with a plumb stem and the photos below are of his lovely example. The mould shapes and jig details are available in addition to the standard plans - see below.

Edwardian 19 Particulars

LOA 19' 5.79m
Beam 5'8" 1.73m
Hull Mid Depth 2'7" 0.79m
Draft 2'1" 0.64m
Maximum Headroom 4'6" 1.37m
Approx. Dry Weight 2860 lbs 1300 kg
Engine 6-8 IHP steam  

Hull Shape

Round bilge
Construction Methods Strip plank
Major strip wood requirements for hull 1836' of 5/8" x 1 1/4" (560m of 16x30mm) WRC
Guidance Use 6 + adults
Drawing/Design Package 7 x A1 drawings + 6 x A4 instruction/spec sheets
Additions and alterations included with the plans Moulds/jig for 21'x5'10" (6.41x1.78m) version

 

EDWARIAN 19 PLANS PRICE

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - STUDY PLAN £25.00/FULL PLANS £275

(Study Plan approx. 30 Euros/$34 USD; Full Plan approx. 330 Euros/$371 USD)

EXTRA FOR 21' EDWARDIAN PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN £35         

(Extra 21' Edwardian Plan approx. 42 Euros/$47 USD)

 



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