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.
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.
A fine example of Baby Tender by Fred Martin and Charles Carpenter of Ithaca, New York. Baby Tender is my adaptation of the classic tender carried aboard many of the finest yachts during the time when wooden boatbuilding was truly an art.
Another of our popular Newts, built by Wes Lewis of Deming, Washington: “The Newt fits on top of my 1965 VW Bug’s roof rack perfectly, and at 35 lbs., it’s easy to lift on. Now I can get off work and be on the water in twenty minutes, enjoying the serenity.”
The wood boat plans and wooden boat building manual featured on my website have proven to be highly effective teaching tools for use in industrial arts classes, boatbuilding schools, adult education, and a variety of community and youth development programs. Activities that challenge both hand and mind, teach valuable occupational skills, encourage teamwork and cooperation, and result in a product that inspires a sense of pride and accomplishment can be valuable academic and community resources.
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.
And, in keeping with the spirit of this art form, I like to incorporate in my designs the best qualities of traditional boats that have stood the test of time.
My boat plans are all designed for the amateur boat builder, and by using my book as a guide, the instructor requires no prior boatbuilding experience. And, there are many opportunities for interdisciplinary instruction because building a wooden boat typically involves a host of related skills. For more information please contact me.
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.