A selection of some of the Free Sailboat Plans (pdf) that were published in magazines such as “Popular Mechanics”, "Popular Science" and the "Boat Builder Handbook".
Everyone who digs boating has heard of the Hobie Cat, the sleek little
catamaran that burst on the scene and captured the attention of all the
Marked by asymmetrical hulls and special trampoline supports, the Hobie can reach speeds above 20 mph and perform with a rare agility.
But it has one drawback.
It costs mucho dinero.
Thus, we introduce the Hobby Kat, sailboat plans, a build-it-yourself version of the “Hobie” that should cost from half to a third of the commercial version.
If you have the moola, of course, go for a Hobie and have the time of
your life on the water.
If not, try our Hobby
The homebuilt is not quite the same.
But she sails sweetly and fast—qualities which have made the “Hobie” popular
Even in a light air she’ll slip through the water at a fast clip.
She has no centreboards, leeboards or keel, and needs none.
The inside of each hull has built-in lift, like an airplane wing, so that as the boat heels and one hull digs in the boat is pulled back to windward.
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 free-wheeling breezes.
Even with her 72sq.ft of sail, this Free Sailboat Plan is remarkably stable, and packs as many as four persons aboard
For thousands of inland lakes, Tern is the answer to sailing water sport, she is rugged and easy to launch
And she’s remarkably easy to build.
Falcon is a small,
speedy, sporty sailboat which handles well.
Tests on the original Falcon showed that she could easily out-distance boats of comparable size such as the one design class Snipe and Comet sailers.
And she will
pace neck and neck with 18 footers with considerably greater sail
This strong, beamy, eight-foot pram may be sailed either cat-rigged or sloop-rigged.
The dagger-board may be adjusted forward to balance the helm when sailing with the addition of a jib sail.
Oars or a small outboard motor may also be used to power this versatile Free Sailboat Plans.
is a small two or three person sailing craft, designed for use on
protected waters such as bays.
lakes, rivers or wherever sheltered waters are found.
Its construction will repay the builder handsomely and provide a fast sailing craft, light in weight, easily transportable and cheap to construct with all difficult joinery eliminated
It provides thrilling and economical sport.
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 here.
Sailing enthusiasts and backyard boat builders are not likely to find
free boat plans for a sailing pram that can be built faster, lighter,
or less expensively than Graefin-10.
Two men can begin work on a Friday evening and have a smart, lively 10-ft. 85-pound sailboat in the water by Sunday evening (it’s been done).
Is a refinement of a type of boat developed by the English for use in
the rough open waters of the English Channel.
Not only is it fast under sail, but it can stand up under punishment.
And it’s light enough to be easily loaded atop an auto or light trailer.
Skimming off a brisk wind or with the wind abeam,
Breeze-Baby actually planes with one person aboard.
Despite her rowboat lines that make her easy to build, she handles easily under her simple sail, an ideal first boat.
Simple lines are adapted to plywood construction that’s strong, light and that keeps Breeze-Baby’s bilges dry
You can take her with you atop your car or on a lightweight trailer for summer fun wherever you vacation or get in a week-end’s sailing.
Paw is easy to build because of the straight-sided hulls.
The sheer line is flat and that simplifies building the form.
Bow and stern are straight, so there’s no cockeyed bevel to fit and fuss with
She Is an Ideal boat to learn or practice sailing in because she will forgive so many mistakes.
How to Start to Sail
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More detailed plans available for Star-Lite?
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