She can run in very shallow water and the rudders kick up for beaching.
You can carry her on a trailer or even disassemble her.
Many a “stink pot” addict will take a second look
at Tern because she planes in modest breezes, is easy to handle, and
her streamlined prow arid pod-shaped, “inland scow” type hull offer
slight water resistance.
Then too, there’s a charm about the tiller of a sailer that’s not
matched by the wheel of a motor-powered boat.
Part of it is the challenge of making the most of nature’s
Even with her 72sq.ft of sail, this Free Sailboat Plan is remarkably stable, and packs as
many as four persons aboard
The 'Crescent', designed by C. T. Allen,
is the ideal sailboat for day sailing on a small lake, river, or protected
waters of a bay.
Centreboard design (Fig. 2) reduces
Crescent's draft, so Shallow is not a problem.
Its broad beam of over 5½ft. makes it an
ideal family boat because there is room for a cockpit large enough to accommodate
four adults or two adults and three kids, and side and forward decks big enough
to stretch out on when sun bathing.
"Jewel" is a 16' Crescent Sailboat being built by Mike Allen from the
free sailboat plans by C.T .Allen in the 1958 "Boat Builders Handbook".
And what a superb job Mike is doing check out his photos
She Is an Ideal boat to learn or practice sailing in because she will
forgive so many mistakes.
Cruiser, Free Sailboat Plans
You can build this 16ft boat as a day sailer or
an overnighter with
Petrel is a Free Sailboat Plan that fulfils the greatest possible variety of uses
in one model, offering the builder either an open-cockpit racing craft
with comfortable accommodation for day sailing or a snug cabin model
with accommodation for overnight trips to distant points.
Both versions are constructed from the same basic Sailboat Plans and
model possesses unusual seaworthiness, stability, trim attractive
lines, speed, and ability to handle well on all points of sailing.
Gypsy Is a proven motor sailer that will out weather the best of the
ordinary large or small cruisers.
The original design was sailed some 6000 miles in all kinds of weather
under all manner of conditions, and been out hundreds of miles from the
coast line on the Gulf of Mexico and weathered blows that caused quite
large boats to seek shelter.
Over a period of six years the original design was tested and
improvements made to make this sailer smarter and even more seaworthy.
All of the good points of the original design were retained and
everything that was learned and tabulated during its period of usage
that would make operation and performance better was applied.
Here’s a small, shallow-draft sailing craft which combines
sea-worthiness with economy and, with power, will make moderate speeds.
There is sometimes a need for a seaworthy, small sailing boat of very
The “Southwind” is a Free Sailboat Plan to fill this need at relatively low cost
and with little labour.
The old round-sided sailing dories of New England, and the Sea-bright
Skiffs of New Jersey prove that the flat-bottom may be combined with
rounded topsides to make a seaworthy small boat.
However, these are usually rather narrow on the bottom and thus can
carry only a small area of sail, so to make “Southwind” faster in
summer weather her bottom was made wider and approaches the sharpie in
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