These free to download plans (pdf) were first published in magazines such as "Popular Mechanics", "Popular Science" and the "Boat Builder’s Handbook".
"Popular Science" magazine and
"Popular Mechanics" back issues can
viewed on line at Google Books.
All these free boat plans can be built by anyone with a modicum of
and a few basic woodworking skills and tools.
However, if you haven't got the skills and tools yet, this is a great
way to acquire them.
One of the beauties of building yourself is that you don't have to buy
everything at once, just get what you need when you can afford it.
While some of the instructions suggest using exterior plywood, I would
recommend always to use marine grade.
If you need help with lofting out the
here for an article here which should help.
Canoe Free Boat Plans
the features of both kayak and canoe, "Blue Bill" is for those
out-of-doors-men who hunt or the sportsmen who need an
ultra-light-weight portable boat for use upon any waters.
Besides being usable to build a double-end paddling model, a
few changes permit the plans to be used for making a canoe that will
accommodate outboard motors up to 6 hp. for swift, speedy
transportation on any stream or waterway.
Weighing only 75 lbs. complete, "Blue Bill" is easily transported atop
an auto anywhere.
This kayak is the answer for young people who want to build an
inexpensive boat for summer fun.
A shop full of power tools isn't necessary,
All the work can be done with ordinary hand tools and a few C clamps.
This Free Boat Plan will carry one adult but it's
handiest when paddled by a
The boat is stable in the water and, even though it can be turned over,
it won't sink.
It's also light enough to be carried with ease.
Building is so simple that the 'Jig' consists of only two blocks and a
many years a favourite of hunters, trappers and traders the kayak now
is as popular with Europeans as the outboard boat is with Americans.
this boat was designed to carry two people, it will accommodate three
in a pinch and gear may be stowed under fore and after decks.
A few strokes with the double paddle will send it gliding across the
water with the minimum of effort on your part.
are surprisingly seaworthy, too—more stable than a canoe, in fact,
because the occupants sit on the bottom of the hull which lowers the
center of gravity.
Pintail a 10ft Duck Boat
'Pintail' drawn from plans by Wm D Jackson is another of the Free Boat
Plans from the 'Boat
This one is being built by Greg
you have ever struggled with the oars of a heavy, slow-moving
rowboat and then paddled a swift, high manoeuvrable canoe you can
appreciate why many true sportsmen prefer canoes.
But, too often, the multi-ribbed conventional canoe is not only hard to
build but too thin-skinned for hard usage.
This Free Boat Plan teams up plywood and fiberglass to produce
a tough, scrape-proof
canoe you can build in one-tenth the time it would take you to turn out
a conventional canoe.
The use of only one frame offsets the extra weight of using
plywood, so that this canoe is still light enough for comfortable
Little Chief is a canoe with many virtues, ideally adapted to quick,
are not easy to build, but here is one Free Boat Plan that can
made of ordinary materials for a fraction of the cost of conventional
It has attractive molded lines and may be built either
as a paddling model or, with slight changes, adapted for use with small
In all countries of the world, particularly the United States, the
kayak is enjoying newfound popularity.
a nimble, lightweight craft that has its roots in the Arctic as a basic
instrument of survival, yet is branching out as a modern outdoor sport
on our own rivers and lakes.
To the Eskimo, a kayak is more than a boat.
When he's laced into his whale-bone and walrus-hide craft, he's ready
for anything in the way of water or weather.
To most of us, however, a kayak is pure adventure and fun.
perfect for poking around uninhabited Islands, exploring the bends of a
lazy, winding river, or just breaking the peaceful surface of a placid
lake at sunset.
You can build this 74lb, 16 foot canoe using redwood strips, an old
Two persons can sit side by side in the center with one person at each
end and plenty of room for gear.
This canoe is formed around plywood templates using redwood strips
glued edge to edge.
You lay up the strips, remove the form, and the canoe is complete,
except for fiberglassing and putting in the seats.
The plans can also be used to build a 13-foot version of
this strip planked canoe.
Wood Boat Books
Step by step instructions for
building the Redwood Canoe using modern
strip planking techniques and materials
Everything you need to know from
building to launching, yours to download (pdf) for
More Free Boat Plans
Houseboat Free boat Plans
Budget Houseboat is like a camper that goes on water.
She's 20 ft. long with a 9-ft. beam, containing 300 sq. ft. of usable
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
There are two full-size permanent bunks in the forward section of the
dining table, in the rear section of the cabin, seats four and then
drops down to convert into an extra bunk 6 ft. 4 in. long and 38 in.
Cabin headroom is 6 ft. 2 in., and two cots can be stationed to the
rear of the cabin area.
Belle is a 25' scow that can be built as a sports utility, a fishing
boat, or a houseboat, depending on your requirements for 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 elbow room and stowage space.
As a houseboat, she has roomy interior accommodations for a leisurely
of Bayou Belle makes use of prefabricated sections, which means that
much of the work can be done indoors in the average garage during the
cold winter months, and the boat completed outdoors in time for
launching in late spring.
houseboat is a unique water craft in that it combines most of the
comforts of home with the mobility of a boat.
Of course, use is limited to sheltered waters, and speeds are slow in
comparison to more sea worthy vessels.
Float-A-Home is a 21-footer that provides plenty of living space for
three or four persons.
extremely simple houseboat to build, the free boat
plans feature a
strong hull with a heavy keel and close-spaced framing.
This, coupled with a relatively low profile, makes it a very stable
Wood Boat Books
Step by step instructions for
building the "Float a Home" shanty boat using modern
plywood building techniques and materials.
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