Our selection of innovative designs that have helped launch countless wooden boats on the world’s waterways, in more than fifty countries. All boat plans are meticulously developed and drawn with the amateur builder in mind. Please browse through our site, where you’ll find plans for a variety of distinctive cradle boats and watercraft, as well as our comprehensive boatbuilding manual. And, we invite you to visit our Builder’s Gallery to see examples of the results you can expect from our plans.
Here is a beautiful example of Baby Tender, lovingly crafted by Mike Phillips of Ringwood, Hampshire, England, from vintage Old World woods: “Attached is a picture of my finished boat, and almost finished grandchild. Thanks for the excellent plans.”
No other type of small craft exemplifies the carefree, uncomplicated boating experience better than the timeless flattie skiff. And, they can teach all of the skills of construction, maintenance and seamanship around which you can build a lifetime of boating.
Al Meyer of Dickinson, Texas built this Jolly Boat for his grandson: “We took advantage of the flat bottom of the boat and took the rockers off. Grandma decided this would be a good place to keep his books. Books and boats – seems a good combination.”
The plans and boat building manual featured on my website have proven to be very effective teaching tools for use in industrial arts classes, boatbuilding schools, adult education, and community and youth development programs. Activities that challenge both hand and mind, teach valuable occupational skills, encourage teamwork, and result in a product that inspires a sense of pride and accomplishment can be valuable academic and community resources.
And, as a bonus, building a wooden boat provides many opportunities for interdisciplinary instruction, because it typically involves a host of related skills. My plans have all been meticulously developed and drawn for the amateur builder, and by using my book as a guide, the instructor requires no prior boatbuilding experience.
INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: We ship plans to all foreign destinations. Our checkout page automatically adds a small surcharge to help offset the added costs of international shipping.
A HAPPY CUSTOMER: “I’ve done a lot of wood working over the years – had a lot of plans that I’ve purchased, downloaded, from magazines or drawn up myself. Your plans are outstanding – everything is spot on. The part that has impressed me the most is the complete lack of un-necessary information. Your plans are purely efficient. I can’t tell you how pleased I am that I spent the time doing research and found your plans. I have enjoyed learning new things and actually making the parts and making them fit, as opposed to getting it close and goobering on tons of epoxy.”
PLANS IN PDF FORMAT: Plans can be ordered for email delivery. Since some plans include full size patterns for many parts, you will need to have access to a large format printer for those. Available by request.