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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The Dinghy Cruising Association

These folks are some of the most real boat users one could find – small open boat sailers, many of whom are tremendously skilled and experienced, and more than willing to share their knowledge. Only a boating enthusiast with no soul would not admire them, and which boating enthusiast continues to be enthusiastic who has no soul?

Anyway, here’s their informative site:

I particularly like this gizmo, the Huntingford Helm Impeder and intend to install one sometime not too far away:

Huntingford Helm Impeder

Fascinated by a Swedish brunette

I was pleased and interested to see this Colin Archer at Mylor a couple of years ago, but what really caught my eye was its tender, which I imagine is as Swedish as its double-ended companion.

I’ve Googled around the web and found nothing about these boats, so if anyone can enlighten me, I’d be very pleased to hear from them at I’d guess that quite a few readers would be interested to learn more about this handy, characterful and dry-looking little boat too…

Click on the images for a closer view.