Mainly small boat designs - from full plans to simple lines and offsets - for the home boat building enthusiast
These are simply a few pages about some of the small craft - dayboats, racing or sailing dinghies, beach cruisers and canoe yawls, whether balanced lug, gaff or bermudian rigged - that I build - or have built - or have designed - or that are some combination of the three. Based on these are a number of boat building plans and sailing dinghy designs for the home boat builder, from small day-sailers and stitch and glue lug sail dinghies - to 'raid' style sail and oar craft suitable for dinghy or open boat cruising - to several canoe yawl plans - to water or sand-ballasted luggers or half-decked gaff cutters. All the sailing dinghies or day sailers are very able performers, and several of the designs - including some of the balanced lug ones - have been club raced successfully over many years against conventional class dinghies - and that is without the help of a favourable handicap or yardstick rating. Although the boats are very diverse, they share one element in common: they are, I believe, among the very best of their type, as I trust the photos on the following pages will help make clear.
Construction covers glued clinker both with and without ribs, single, double chine and multi-chine stitch and glue, conventional ply construction, and tortured ply, with rigs from fully battened bermudian sails to balanced lugs, hulls from snub-ended praams to double-ended yawls, from development class dinghies to simple traditional style dayboats. There is also a short section on George Holmes and his small 'Ethel' canoe yawls from the late nineteenth century.
For further information about various sailing boat plans for small craft such as: the 'Apple 16' day boat lugger or cutter and its variations; the 'Pearl 16' gaff cutter or gunter yawl; as well as some of the other designs such as the multi chine 'Iceni 12' and 'Iceni 14' and 'Iceni 16' stitch-and-glue lug sail dinghy designs; the glued lapstrake balanced lug dinghy 'IO 11-12'; the stitch and glue conically developed canoe yawl 'Imp'; the glued clinker canoe yawl day sailer 'Electra'; the stitch and tape or clinker double-ended dayboat 'Circe'; the gunter yawl, clinker built dinghy 'Arethusa 15'; the four plank stitched-seam double ender 'Campion', a lug or gunter yawl water ballasted dayboat; the 'Apple 13' multi-chine balanced lug sail and oar design; the glued clinker or multi-chine rowing praams such as the 'Spice 11'; the 'Annie 18' gaff cutter or gunter yawl dayboat; the lug sail racer 'Tiger Lily'; together with photos or details and plan prices, follow the relevant links in the table above. The designs cover car-toppable as well as trailable wooden - specifically ply and epoxy - boats.
Original innovative design drives many of these boats - from rotating lug masts, fixed kickers and halyard locks on balanced lug rigs in 1991, to separately adjustable tack and boom vangs, with halyard locks and rotating masts, allied to the usual boom downhauls in 1992 - proven in the following decade of club racing against modern class dinghies in all weathers and all seasons; proven in 3 different designs - both una and yawl - from 11 to 16 feet in competitive racing against a range of modern boats of known performance, a record unique and so yet to be matched. More detail of this can be found on some of the following pages, verifiable in photos and study plans.
'Resurrection' - all eleven feet of her - really stepping out and showing what a scow can do. The photo below courtesy of Robin Stubbs, UK