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Some tempting designs for the boat-dreaming season – part I

Many people start thinking about their holidays at this time of year, but boat and boating enthusiasts are also plotting how to make the best of the coming boatbuilding and boating season. Maybe you need a boat for a child, or to develop your skills, or something quick and easy that will get you on the water quickly? Or are you looking for a particular kind of boat you can’t buy? Perhaps you’d enjoy building something that will turn heads as you pass by?

With my Santa hat on, I’d decided to introduce some plans to tempt you over the next few days.

The first is relatively easy. It’s not exactly traditional boatbuilding but has lots of the detail boatbuilders used 40-50 years ago, and with its heavy steel centreboard, it would make a nice steady boat for pottering around in sheltered waters. Of course it would still need some bouyancy bags to be considered safe in our day and age, but that’s only right. Click on the images and the instructions and plans will come down the wire in the form of a pdf.

Actually, they’re well worth looking at, both for the old-world building details, including a boatbuilder who wears a hat at all times and for an oddly camp collage depicting rapt sailors of all ranks.

The plans come from here:

Click on any image below to download the plans and instructions. And if you do build the Biloxi dinghy we’d love to hear about it!

For more small boats:



Conrad Natzio’s Little Grebe

The Thames Traditional Boat Society’s boats are fascinating and beautiful – but there are lots of us who would doubt our ability to handle that narrow-gutted punt and quite a few who might be nervous of the Thames skiff’s clinker construction. So here’s a nice achievable project for the rest of us: Conrad Natzio’s Little Grebe.

Little Grebe is simple and makes an attractive first home-built project, and because she’s also small and car-toppable she’s also the kind of little boat that’s easy to transport and launch, often by one person. What this convenience means in practice is that she’s the kind of boat that is likely to get a lot of use. Overall, I think she makes a very attractive package for a first project.

For more of Conrad’s designs, see:

Little Grebe Little Grebe

Little Grebe LIttle Grebe

At last – free online plans for a skiff and a racing punt

Another piece of excellent news today was these two sets of free online boat plans from the Thames Traditional Boat Society. They are nice drawings too. What a great bunch of people! Thanks to Mark Albanese for letting me know they were online.

How about these for a project for next year? If you build them please let us know at – we’d love to put up a post or two about your project.

Thames skiff

Thames racing punt


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