Paddlinglight is publishing a series of digitised plans for building cedar strip versions of well known traditional kayaks and canoes. Italians race development class of boats limited only by sail area and length limited by the standard (in Italy) 3.1m sheet of ply. Free plans for a very simple 14ft stitch and glue skiff drawn by myself (Gavin Atkin) and named after my mother. Free plans for a very simple 12ft stitch and glue skiff drawn by myself (Gavin Atkin) and named after my daughter, Ella. An easy to build light-weight 15ft 6in rower suitable for use on lakes and rivers, perhaps for exercise rowing but also usable for picnics on the river, fishing and the rest. Plans for two boats - one extraordinarily beautiful, the other an extraordinarily eccentric racer.
A nicely-built example of my Cinderella canoe, adapted for rowing with some neat outriggers made from ply. Free designs for a very sweet ply camp-cruiser for one, or a cat-rigged sailing dinghy for more.
Not really about free boat designs - though there might be some later - but a new blog about boat restoratons, traditional boatbuilding, and traditionally-derived boats.
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A little open-canoe for paddle-savvy kids who love the water, and aren't nervous in a tippy boat! I like this one from an old American magazine - built with some of the right period details, it could be a real head-turner. Square Metre Sharpie - one of the more obvious European developments from the North American sharpie working boats. PLEASE ALWAYS USE THE LATEST VERSION WHICH WILL CONTAIN ANY CORRECTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO THE DESIGNERS ATTENTION. 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).
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. 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. Mark ways she’s a strong light-weight boat loosely with strong links to Scandinavian types.


As my mind turns to building MY first boat during the winter months, I browsed and found many sites and such. Glad to be of help Charli – which boat are you planning to build for your first boatbuilding project? I made the model last night but i am unsure on how it scales up, i downloaded the zip file and i am unsure on how to use your co-ordinates, please help! Boat Building Academy student Shane Butcher built a gaff-rigged 10ft sailing dinghy while on the BBA’s 38-week course, and launched it on the big student launch day in December. Shane’s previous life was in civil engineering, however he has always had a passion for sailing and woodwork, and to him a change of career starting with a course at the Academy seemed an obvious next step. Shane’s build was Dreamer, a composite-built copy of a clinker-built rowing boat belonging to the Academy. The BBA folks reckon that Barnacle’s stem hull is a good general shape for rowing and sailing, and Ollie Rees, who was on the 2010 long course also built a copy of Barnacle, although  he used traditional clinker construction methods.
The BBA has kindly agreed to share a set of offsets for Barnacle for anyone who would like to build their own version of the boat.
Shane Mason in Toronto is busily building the first sailing version of the Ella skiff to a tight deadline and has sent over these shots. I can report that he particularly enjoyed seeing the shape of the boat come together when he stitched the panels together. He’s decided to give his deck some camber, which explains why the frames are proud of the sheerline, and has made his mast from pine laminated with carbon fibre. Boat Building Academy student Johhny Tyson built this John Gardner-designed 14ft Whitehall together with his pal Jerry Reeves, and launched it down at Lyme along with other students’ projects back in June. The materials Johnny used were West African mahogany on oak with a West African mahogany keel. Have you got news for us?If what you're doing is like the things you read about here - please write and tell us what you're up to. Classic Sailor is a new magazine about traditional and classic boats from ex-Classic Boat editor Dan Houston and colleagues that promises rather more coverage of the traditional craft around our coast. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
Follow me on TwitterLooking for something?This is a busy weblog, and what you're looking for is probably still here - just a little way down the list now. Our Faversham-based friend Alan Thorne can help with boatbuilding projects - constructing to plans in very tidy stitch-and-glue or more traditional techniques.


I had a Shaldon Regatta and they are a very good all round boat, easy to row, stable and light enough to pull up and down the beach. I had been thinking about building a wooden rowing boat for a few years and finaly got round to doing it. Reluctantly I have decided to sell my beloved 12 ft Regatta boat and the Bramber road trailer – all in very good condition.
The website's in Italian, but has lots of pictures and best of all one of the builders and racers has published plans for their boat - and it's a lot like a large sailing Mouse, such as the Eek. Most are in the UK, but we will include some US material, not least because the author is an enthusiast for American boat types. They’ve been chosen because they are derived from traditional boats, or in some cases simply for their usefulness. Note the near complete lack of wake, which should indicate that the boat’s working efficiently. 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. She proven to be an excellent rower, has a capacity of four adults and has a flat bottom for easy beaching. If not, if you know someone with some background in maths should be able to sort it out for you using pencil and paper. I gather that following the launch he took it to the Portsoy Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.
Try scrolling down, clicking on the 'older posts' button at the bottom of this page - or try the search gadget! It's been going on for years apparently, but I've only just learned about it from Frank Baldry of the UK HBBR.
The coordinates are pairs of numbers, as you'll have noticed, and each pair defines a particular single point on the ply. There are a lot of points to plot, and when they have been plotted, you have to join the dots to make a complete drawing, as it were. I live on a river that empties into the Matagorda bay, here in Texas, and the wind blows regular like crazy.



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