35 Sailboat Designs and
A versatile craft is yours when you build this sturdy
pram-it can be sailed either cat-rigged or sloop-rigged, paddled with
oars or powered by a small outboard motor.
Easy to build, small starter sailboat.
16-foot cruising sailboat that can be built complete
on a low budget It sleeps two comfortably on 6 foot 4 inch berths, and
there’s sitting headroom in a cabin that has space for a chemical toilet
and a small stove. Very easy to build.
12 foot sailboat that actually planes with one person
aboard. Easily to handle under her simple sail- this would make an
ideal FIRST boat.
Another 12 ft sailboat that is easy to build with straight side hulls.
Very forgiving. Ideal boat to learn or practice sailing in because
she will forgive so many mistakes.
15 and 1/2 ft sailboat for day sailing on a small lake, river, or
protected waters of a bay. Of course, day sailing doesn’t mean you
can’t go for a moon light cruise. This boat is not equipped with a
cabin, galley and bunks for overnight cruising.
A fast 13-foot sailboat. As a one design, class, or
general-purpose sailboat. Jib and mainsail easily handled. Points
closely, foots quickly. Ideal for protected waterways. May be
propelled with small outboard motors also.
is a general-purpose frisky 14 ft centerboard sailboat. It points
closely and easily outdistances comparable one-design class boats. This
design is for those who want the very latest and best in small sailing
craft. Seats 4 persons.
Graifen Ten Sailing Pram, ideal for learning the basics of
sailing, also fun for more experienced sailors.
24 foot long sailer, 9 foot 2 inches beam, 6000 pound
displacement, and seats 3 persons. Takes a 10 - 25hp motor.
Kat Really neat catamaran that is
fast. Asymmetrical hulls and special trampoline supports, the Hobby Kat
can reach 20 mph.
is a fiberglass sailboard. Lots of fun.
is a speedy 30 mph planing sailboat. With load of more than five
passengers, boat reacts like any conventional displacement-type
sailboat. Length 20 foot with a beam of 6 foot 1 inch. Capacity 4 to 6
is a 19-foot racing sailboat. Small craft is designed for
the backyard boat builder who wants competition or just plain speedy
sailing at minimum cost. 50 inch beam.
is a 16 ft sailboat that can be built as a day sailor or a
overnighter with cabin. It is 70 inches wide. Either model is
constructed from the same basic design, and either model possesses
unusual seaworthiness, stability, trim attractive lines, speed and
ability to handle well on all points of sailing.
Mite is a 10ft sailor, an
outboarder, and an all around shoal draft utility boat for protected
what fishing. . This boat has an inverted V bottom, 65-inch beam and a
3-inch draft which combines to give two slim hulls that move with the
lightest of breezes.
Southwind is a 22-foot
dory-sharpie. This is a small, shallow-draft sailing craft, which
combines sea-worthiness with economy and, with power, will make moderate
sporting an overall length of 27 feet 6 inches accommodates four
people in 6 foot 4 inch bunks with enough space for a private head and a
working galley. You can live on this boat. The Star-Lite is a proven
design, improved slightly from the first ship built- the Tabu. You
can build it, but it will take some work!
combines new materials with improved techniques of water
dynamics, this sports sailor brings about a new concept of high in the
–water speed sailing. It rides over the surface instead of forcing its
way through it. Length is 18 feet with a 5 foot 8 inch beam, 2 people
with a hull weight of 175 pounds.
is a flying sailor. Nature foots the power bill when the
boat you build carries 72 square foot of sail. It is remarkably stable,
and packs as many as four persons aboard.
is a refinement of a type of boat developed by the English for
use in the rough open waters of the English Channel.
Speed, durable 14-foot international dinghy class sailboat. Light
weight, strong, compact hull, and maximum water line length for
competition or thrilling sailing speeds of over 15 miles per hour. Will
out sail boats twice her length and will keep going in rough waters.
The beam is 5 feet and the weight is 165 pounds.
Plus 14 more sailboats!!
Rowboats, Canoes, and Kayak Designs and Plans, including!
Anyone's rowboat -
Easy 12-16' rowboat
Blue Bill Kayak - Canoe -
13' combo kayak and canoe
Can't Sink Dinghy -
9 1/2' fiberglass dinghy boat
Canvasback kayak -
Cheap little kayak
Car Top Boat -
Cheap Canoe -
Chessy rowboat -
15' skiff, can be rowed, or
driven with an outboard.
Cork Fishing Auto topper -
9', 52 lb rowboat.
Folding Kayak -
Folds like a book, can be
carried on the roof of your car.
Glide Easy Canoe -
15' Plywood Canoe
Handy Andy Rowboat -
10' folding boat
Hunting Kayak -
Shallow Draft 2 seater
Jolly Roger Boat -
Small rowboat, great project
for young guys
Jon Boat -
Flat bottom scow ideal for
fishing in shallow backwaters and weeds
Junior Dinghy -
Easy to build, all-purpose
General Kayak -
Another folding Kayak
King Canvasback -
King Fisher -
9' Pram boat
Little Chief Canoe -
Large Canoe, easy to build
Multi Use Skiff -
13 ft, 9 inch rowboat
Northwind Kayak Boat -
19' flat bottom crusing kayak
Pedal Cat Water Bike -
Cruising water bike, cool!
Pintail Duck Boat -
Lightweight little duck boat
Small, plywood kayak
15 ft rowboat
Redwood Canoe -
74 lb, 16' Canoe
Row and Sail Dory -
Rowboat that can be sailed.
Here are some customer pics of this little dingy that a customer sent
us, built by using these plans,
(CLICK ON EACH PIC FOR FULL SIZE) :
Sea Skiff - 13' 9 in boat, that can be
rowed, or powered by an inboard, or outboard
Sea Midge -
Snug, small, 3 way pram
Sneak Box Duck Boat -
12ft historic Duck
Plus 11 more rowboats and 10 more Utility
7 Runabout Inboard
Boat Designs and Plans, including:
Chum 15 footer
inboard runabout is designed for a converted Jeep motor! 15 and a
half ft long, 6 ft beam, and a maximum draft of 20 inches.
Designed to be used with an old Marined Jeep 60 hp engine.
A 17 ft Seabright skiff. Can go 14 mph with a 5 hp engine, hits 20
mph with a 10 hp. 5 foot beam, 900 lbs displacement.
Nancy Jane 19
purpose craft designed to fulfill a great variety of uses in one boat.
With a length, beam, and depth generous enough to be usable anywhere,
this sea worth design provides a craft that may be equipped with a
marine or converted auto engine from 15 to 100 hp.
Panther 15 footer
High speed inboard
runabout. Here, veritable, is a projectile for waterborne space
travel, and inboard speedster with super clean and efficient running
lines. With any automobile motor since the 50's, speeds of 75 mph
are possible, with no sacrifice of stability.
17 footer 6th place luxury boat designed for ski
towing and all water sports is powered by your choice of 100 to 225 hp
auto engines converted for marine use.
Sea Scout 14
footer Sea scout is the type of boat its
name implies, a small inboard runabout with single cockpit destined for
use by one to three people and for fairly high speeds with comfort not
found in outboards and convenience comparable to a coupe ashore.
Small inboard boat
Just the size for little kids, this midget inboard has an outboard
for a power plant.
26 Runabout Outboard
Boat Designs and Plans, including:
Ace 2 seater
Speedy two-cockpit runabout for towing water
skiers and general family boating pleasure. 12' 4 " long, 5' 9"
beam, 200 lbs with all equip aboard except a motor.
A winter eveing project for the
sportsman who wants his own boat for next summer's outings.
Inexpensive, easily built, a safe and satisfactory performer.
Banta 12 footer
If you want a lightweight utility boat with a
nice turn of speed and easy handling, build a "banta". A boat like
this has a lot to recommend it, simple, inexpensive construction, a 1
man weight of less than 150 lbs, practically leak proof, she's a smooth
easy sailer on any man's river.
Bebop Kids 8
footer Small runabout for youngsters.
Costs almost nothing to build.
Speedy outboard runabout for Class B racing,
beveled chinese for safe high speed operation. 2 hull styles for
same basic design given - one for general utility, one for racing.
Performs well with outboard motors of from 10 to 25 hp.
Prop ridin on her hydro-conic bottom, Blue
Streal takes class "B" outboard motors for a merry spin in stock utility
A lightweight, easily handled outboard hydroplane,
adapted to car top carrying, and designed for use with 5 to 10 hp
outboard motors. 11' 1" long, 55" Beam, 22" depth, complete weight
of 135 lbs.
Cobra 15 footer
Fin Tailed outboard runabout. Used with any
outboard motor from 10 hp to 50 hp, Cobra will achieve speeds of from 20
mph to 4- mph and will leave most kit or factory built boats well in its
Her mama (Dragonfly I) was one of the
speediest sweethearts of a speedboat we've ever seen. But
daughter's new lines make her even speedier, and a more stable
You can go places in this speedy hydroplane,
which is designed for the largest outboard motor available. Try
your hand building her. She's guaranteed fun.
utility, 11 1/2 feet overall, with an easily driven hull, planked with
plywood or thin cedar.
General purpose small outboard
runabout. Designed as a combination fold up boat and trailer.
Power with outboard motors up to 5 hp. 9' 7" long, 2' depth, 3'
10.5" beam, seats 2 comfortable, and 4 rather uncomfortably.
Plus 14 more:
Maid, Meteor, Mustang 10 footer, Mustang 12-14 footer, Playboy 14
footer, PM-38 13 footer, Sea Fury 15 footer, Sea King, Shore Lark 13
footer, Small Skiff, Swift Swoose, Torpedo, Victory.
Here are some comments and pics a customer sent us of
a boat he built. Click on each pic for a
full size version:
The boat plan I used to build my boat was the 14'
Playboy Runabout. I have pics from start to finish of the project and
i'm very proud of it. I customized the plans a little to suit my needs
better. I built her to drive with remote controls not from the motor,
and I closed in the sides and put a storage compartment on both sides. I
put a bench seat accross the back with storage underneath instead of a
seat down both sides and I closed in the rear of the boat for extra
storage (gas tank, battery box, tools, etc). I also fiberglassed the
outside and painted it. I think the plans were great and easy to follow
for the first time builder.
Have some fun in the sun!
12 Paddle Wheel
Boat Designs and Plans, including:
Bicycle Pedal Boat Bouyancy
and speed are 2 features of this bicycle boat. It consists of 2
pontoons and an old bicycle frame. A blast!
Foot Pedal Catamaran
Provides great fun to lie on the deck of this
homemade catamaran, slip your feet into the toe-clips, and paddle over
the lake or bay.
Kids Paddle Pusher
Sturdy well designed and easily built scow for active
Colorful appearance and pedal operated paddle wheels
keep Martty's admirers standing in line for another free ride.
Paddle wheel bass boat
Ideal craft to reach the best bass fishing
areas, where they feed in shallow water among spatter docks. No
propeller to foul in water weeds, and with a flat bottom and a 4 ft beam
along its entire length, the draft is at a minimum.
Plus 7 more:
Basic Paddlewheel boat,
Paddlewheel Peddle Boat, Paddlewheel Turtle boat, Paddlewheel Waterbug,
Pedal Cat, Pogo, Show boat.
9 Novelty Boat Designs and
Fun galore with 2 or more
of these little naval craft with shoot balls made of cork, or discarded
tennis balls or rubber balls!!!!
A 100 mph Skeeter class Iceboat. Cheap!
No special lumber required!
A pint sized sailer for youngsters that can be built
in a few evenings. Non-sinkable.
Boat A floating platform that the whole family
can enjoy on a calm day at the lake.
Surfboard Skim the waves in this motor
drive paddle board. Loads of fun.
Your entire family can take to the water on
this pontoon family boat for sun bathing, swimming, or fishing parties.
Plenty of room for the BBQ grill too.
Great for underwater exploration. Be the
only one on your block who has one.
Unconventional looking boat. Hard to describe.
Here are actual customer pics from a customer who built one along with
In 1959 I purchased an
original home built “Thing” and ran it for several years on the
Willamette River. Years later it got rotten and subsequently
discarded. Now the Son of the man who originally built it from the
magazine plans in his wood shop in Milwaukie, Oregon works with me
and he helped his Dad build it in 1958. We decided to search for the
plans and if we found them; I (an engineer) would upgrade it for two
adults and build it. I bought your disk and building started last
May 25 and it was ready to launch July 20th. You are
welcome to use the photos and my “title” as a former white water
guild; River Rat Bob from Oregon. Hope you enjoy the pictures
attached. I am 60 years old but still chasing the dream as you see
from my smile in the boat.
Slick looking ice yacht!
5 House Boat Designs and
25 foot 8 inch scow that can be built
as a houseboat, sports utility, or a fishing boat depending on
your offshore pleasure. As a sports utility, she can be used for towing
water skiers and for cruising. As a fishing boat she offers a stable
platform with plenty of elbowroom and storage space. Lastly as a
houseboat she has roomy interior accommodations for a leisurely life at
sea. Beam is 8 feet with a hull depth of 38 inches. It is 1500 pounds
with a capacity for an additional 3000 pounds.
Budget Houseboat is like a camper that goes on the water. Its 20 feet
long with a 9 foot beam, containing 300 sq. ft. of usable floor area.
This means that while she can accommodate two in outrageous comfort, she
can easily take a family of four on an extended vacation and be entirely
self contained. There are two full size permanent bunks in the forward
section of the cabin. The dining table in the rear section of the cabin,
seats four and then drops down to convert into an extra bunk. Cabin
headroom is 6 feet and 2 inches and two cots can be stationed to the
rear of the cabin area.
Float a Home
A luxurious 21 footer that is
very stable, relatively easy to build and with an interior arrangement
which can be varied to suit your needs. It has a 7 foot 3 inch beam and
the houseboat can be powered with up to a 120 hp motor. An extremely
simple houseboat to build, it features a strong hull with a heavy keel
and close-spaced framing. The craft is very stable also because of its
The Patio Craft is about 20 feet long. The
plans come with a complete material list. This is an easy boat that
would make a first time boat builder look like a pro.
You can build any kind of floating fun on top of
it. Start with this easy to build pontoon platform and you’ll have no
trouble turning out a customized boat exactly suited to your needs. Big
and roomy craft offering plenty of space. This platform boat is 16 feet
long and 8 feet wide. Complete material list is also provided.
21 Cabin Cruiser
Boat Designs and Plans, including:
Caballero was designed for the amateur builder who desires a roomy,
fast, and comfortable cruiser without the attendant high building and
upkeeping costs usually associated with inboard craft. 19 ft long
with 6 1/2 ft beam.
A 16 ft boat
specially designed for those who move their craft about by trailer. The
hull is light enough to be transported anywhere by trailer and the boat
is of a size to be easily handled. It will accommodate two persons for
extended trips or a party of 4 for day cruises and do it comfortably.
From 50 feet away you'd swear the Eager Eve was a
luxury inboard cabin cruiser. A cover hides the outboard motor that
drives this efficient cruiser fast enough to keep up with our outrun
nine out of ten inboards. 18 ft long, 6' 1" Beam.
The Flight is a speedy outboard runabout cruiser whose construction is
brought within the scope of the amateur builder by the simple
application of marine plywood planking. The benefit of plywood make this
cruiser sturdy and useful for rugged cruising, fishing, inland commuting
or as a workboat. 19 1/2' long, 5' 6" Beam
HaPenny A small V-bottom express cruiser that will really get
up and go. Full bill of materials list provided and more.
The Sea Angler is a 20 foot
cruiser of the deep V hull type that has gained so much popularity in
recent years because of its ability to provide a high turn of speed with
minimum pounding in rough seas. At that time use of longitudinal
steps, or lift rails, was not understood and the engines lacked the
power needed for this type of hull.
Cruising comfort plus runabout speed are packing
into 15 feet Sea Babe. For extended cruising along river and lake
routes, winding through the many picturesque canal routes, or for short
weekend hops that require frequent launching and beaching, you'll find
Sea Babe easy to handle and economical to run.
25ft cruiser ideal for large lakes or rivers, and fully seaworthy for
offshore ocean cruising. It is a smart cabin cruiser designed with
an eye towards simple, low cost construction for the inexperienced boat
Hawk 21 ft outboard Cabin
cruiser for overnight trips on protected water or general water sports
use on rivers and small lakes. May also be used for deep sea fishing on
18 ft Cruiser that has a unique combination of
runabout and cruiser features, but is well adapted for day cruising or
short trips anywhere. Its closest approach in a similar craft ashore is
the house trailer, but unlike the mode of travel, Sportsman is a self
contained, seaworthy, open water crafter for weekend cruises or fishing
trips that will accommodate a partner.
The Sun Fish is an unconventional looking cruiser
which weighs only 375 pounds and is powered by an outboard. It can be
transported by trailer easily and has accommodations for two persons for
Sturdy 22 ft cruiser. For the experienced boat builder to attempt.
Plus another book that shows you 9 more
Motorboats and Cruisers!
19 Hydroplane Boat
Air Marine Special
This class F
hydroplane is fast! Joe Michelini drove the Airmarine Special at over 85
mph in 1958 National Championships. He took first place in Class B, C, F
and CU events. Not for the faint of heart.
9 and a 1/2 ft hydroplane for high speed fun. Its fast and furious
but at the same time highly maneuverable 9.5 foot outboard hydroplane,
designed for outboard motors of 7.5 to 10 hp.
"Z" Class racing runabout will do about 45 mph with a
48 c.i. converted engingine. 10' 6" long, 4' 8" beam
Cab Over Hydro
Originally called the X-1, this three point hydroplane has hit 75
mph. Closely resembling big Unlimited Class hydros, it can be powered by
50 to 100 hp motors.
You can build this most-fun-per-horsepower 8 ft water scooter on
Saturday and have it in the water for a full day of boating thrills on
The Doodle Bug Hydroplane is a trim, single cockpit, outboard
hydroplane with a new type of convex bottom and no tripping chines which
combine to produce a remarkably fast boat with excellent
The Dragonfly is a 10 ft hydroplane that is adapted to all classes of
outboard motors from 4 hp row boat to motor to the largest racing
engines. Streamlined in design, the constructional features are unique
and present such developments as extended motor wells fro quick planning
action and a combination of V and convex bottom for safe and
super-efficient high speed operation with low and high powered outboard
Is a sport boat that you can build in
days for very little money. It will provide you hours of safe fun for
youngsters of all ages. El CTDis a mini inboard hydro that's powered
with a 4 hp air cooled engine. It's top speed is about 16 mph with a 100
lb. teenager aboard. It features a "dead man's" throttle that shuts the
motor off when the driver lets go of the throttle, so there's no danger
if the operator falls off the boat.
Absolute maximum speed is the cry of many race drivers. For a race
they want a boat that will go fast. Sufficiently fast to win and if it
will win then the other features do not matter. The 135-Class Flyer is
designed to give maximum speed under normal competitive conditions.
Factors of design giving straight away speed, turning ability and
ability to ride rough water have been so proportioned that in an actual
race a high peak of speed is reached.
Plus 10 more unique hydroplanes:
Hornet, Jet Joe,
Mini Max, Rocket, Scat Cat, Skeeter, Spit Fire,
Yellow Jacket and
boat building and boating books, all in PDF format:
A Manual of Yacht and Boat Sailing, 1900
A Practical Course in Wooden Boat, 1918
A Treatise on the Construction, Rigging, & Handling of Model Yachts,
Boat-building and Boating, 1931
Boys Book of Model Boats, 1920
Canoe and Boat Building, 1889
Canoeing, Sailing and Motor Boating, 1919
Elements of Yacht Design, 1904
Harpers Boating Book for Boys, 1912
Lumber & Log Book for Ship and Boat Builders, 1888
Mechanics for Young America, How to Build Boats, 1905
Model Yachts and Model Yacht Sailing, How to Build, 1880
Motor Boats, Hydroplanes, Hydroaeroplanes, Construction and Operation,
On Yachts and Yacht Handling, 1901
Power Boat Hand Book, 1920
Practical Motor Boat Handling, 1917
Small Boat Building, 1916
Small Boat Navigation, 1944
Small Yacht Construction and Rigging, 1903
The Design and Construction of Power Workboats, c1920
The Motor Boat, Its Selection, Care and Use, 1911
The Power Cruiser's Pilot, 1916
The Sailboat Classes of North America, 1963
The Story of the Submarine, 1916
The Young Craftsman, 1943
Types of Canoes on Puget Sound, 1920
Yacht Architecture, 1897
Yachts and Yacht Building, 1872
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come from a variety of sources. Many come from boat building
magazines. Various skill levels are required. Some
boats can be built by beginners in a garage, others require much more
space and expertise to construct.