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This a page of links to some favourite free boat plans at intheboatshed.net. They’ve been chosen because they are derived from traditional boats, or in some cases simply for their usefulness. There are quite a few here, but you’ll find still more in the intheboatshed.net weblog by clicking on the free boat plans category or using the search gadget. If you find anything you feel I should add, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE ALWAYS USE THE LATEST VERSION WHICH WILL CONTAIN ANY CORRECTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO THE DESIGNERS ATTENTION.
Boats designed by Gavin Atkin - The Barton skiff, a low powered outboard skiff – get the plans here. The Barton skiff – click on the thumbnail for a larger drawing
Brian King’s Barton skiff during construction:
See a short video of Brian’s boat in action using a 3.5hp outboard at 6knots or so. Note the near complete lack of wake, which should indicate that the boat’s working efficiently.
- The 14ft Sunny skiff – get the plans for this easy to build lightweight rowing boat here.
Sunny skiff lightweight plywood rowing dinghy
- The 12ft Ella skiff – get the plans for this easy to build lightweight rowing boat here.
12ft Ella skiff
- The sailing version of the Ella skiff – get the plans here (now in version 1.1).
The sailing version of the 12ft Ella skiff
- The intheboatshed.net Julie 15ft 7in flat bottomed rowing skiff
- Additional measurements for building a strongback – if that’s the approach you prefer
- Complete free plans package for the intheboatshed.net flat-bottomed 15ft 6in skiff
- intheboatshed.net skiff – drawings and coordinates for stitch and glue
- intheboatshed.net skiff – photos of our model, and maybe yours too?
- intheboatshed.net skiff – now we can make a model
- intheboatshed.net skiff progress
- Early drawings for a 15ft 5in lightweight flat-bottomed American-style skiff
The Mk 2 Light Trow – click on the photo for a larger image
See a clip of the Light Trow sailing:
Download the Mk 2 Light Trow plans, and the model-making plans (making a model to be an important preparation for making this kind of boat). Also, see Ben Crawshaw’s excellent weblog about building and then cruising the Light Trow on the Spanish coast; also, read about the original trows: The Fleet Trow
- The Cinderella canoe
Al Burke’s Cinderella
Al’s comments following his first test were interesting: ‘A successful design that is an absolute delight to paddle and which brought comments like “beautiful lines” and “do you want to sell it?” from people on the beach watching the test.’
I think this is a nice small open paddler, but bouyancy tanks or bags would be a essential if you’re going to do more than paddle in narrow rivers or small shallow lakes.
- The Light Dinghy
Light Dinghy – click on the drawing for a larger image
For more on this boat, see:
- From dinghies to the Architectura Navalis and back
- Tempting plans for the boat-dreaming season, part III
- Doris the Dory
Plans for building Doris the Dory: Doris the Dory download
- The Forest & Stream skiff
Forest & Stream skiff in built in Sweden – click on the photo for a larger image – see the post: A little classic to build this spring
- The Electric Schock skiff Electric Schock dinghy – click on the drawing for a larger image The Electric Schock plans at Duckworks
Free designs from other designers
- A sailing Duck Punt, as raced on the English East Coast
- The South Haven Dory
- International 12 dinghy
George Cockshott’s sweet 12-foot dinghy
- Chuck Merrell’s Apple Pie
-The Brockway skiff
- Wolfgang Brink’s Greenland Kayak
- An alternative folding boat
- Thames skiff and racing punt
At last – free online designs for a skiff and a racing punt
- Howard Irving Chappelle’s traditional 14ft skiff
Chappelle’s 14ft skiff – another candidate for the 2008 boatbuilding season?
- Mark Wallace’s Black Skiff
Boatbuilding plans for the Black Skiff have been designed and made available for free by Mark Wallace – he says all he asks for is to be given the credit for designing the boat.
I think it’s an elegant design. The plans are not likely to be the easiest for first-time boatbuilders to follow, but it would be well worth picking the required skills up by reading one of the classic books on this kind of boatbuilding. See the Intheboatshed.net Amazon bookshop for something suitable.
Mark ways she’s a strong light-weight boat loosely with strong links to Scandinavian types. She proven to be an excellent rower, has a capacity of four adults and has a flat bottom for easy beaching.
Go to Mark’s website for more information and plans in pdf format: http://www.markwallaceshipwright.com/plans.html
By the way, don’t miss Mark’s impressive collection of testimonials.