This site is my attempt to offer some inspiration and information, for it was a hand full of
inspired amateurs who most encouraged me to take the plunge and build my first boat.|
If you've been toying with the idea of building a boat, don't wait.
DO IT NOW! David
GAFF KETCH CHAMELEON
For ages 5 to 95...
I'm no longer building these pond boats,but I'm leaving the page up to inspire home builders.
of Traditional Sail...
3 Models and many
I have a book in the works with full sized plans!
BLUE HERON SHARPIE
This is an 11'8" skiff from two sheets of
plywood inspired by Phil Bolger's Teal. I was
gratified to win best overall, and best use of materials Duckworks
drawing and most current build notes here.
Prototype build diary Maiden
All the entries were very impressive so I won by a slim margin. Please
check them out.
Summer Breeze sea trials at the Cedar Key
mess about 2002!
||Shantydock!- This is an 8' x 16' swim platform with an arched
Pond Skiffs... are here!
a shoe string shanty boat! Also....
sketches and resources...|
|Model making - this one is a one sheet skiff of my own design superceded by my Mini
Builders See what the
local (North Florida) boys are up to. |
||Old Boat Plans
from the 40s, 50s & 60s
||This is a cheap and
quick boat shelter that can be easily broken down and moved. PVC and poly
tarp to the rescue again!|
Resources - informational and inspirational stuff like
Gavin Atkin's Free
Design Page - Gav, in addition to starting the Boat Design group on
Yahoo, won the Duckworks design contest in 2000 and originated the
"Mouse" line of boats, which are being built all over the globe!
(Good starting point... less overwhelming than
the links page.)
my bookmarks for the last year, loosely categorized.
Rant Ravings about
boat building, music, and life as spectator sport.
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The truth about Acornof boats, row boats, sail boats, skiffs, john boats, canoes, paddle boats, motor
boats. You name it. Now that I'm grown I still love them. Kids boats hold a
special fascination for me, as well as small simple plywood boats. Particularly
ones that can be made with one, two or three sheets of plywood. Boatbuilding is
way too fun an experience to wait a few decades to try it. Which is why I
created this site. Amateur boat building can be easy boat building and simple
plans can help make it happen. There are many cheap plans or free plans
available on the web as well as here on my site.Also lots of help if you'd like
to design boats. Boat designing can be a life long pleasure. In fact it can very
easily turn into an addic
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