Small pirogue

Pirogue plans

This is a small pirogue built from one sheet of 1/4″ marine plywood. However, with these simple plans, you can implement your own dimensions and make your pirogue as big as you want. With a free design program like Carlson design’s Hull designer, you can make sure that everything fits. A good way to be […]

Portuguese Style Dinghy

Portugese style dinghy

This is another easy start for boatbuilding designed by Hannu’s boatyard. A very simple 7’4″ x 3’10” dinghy, made out of simple materials, using a simple construction method and just the basic tools. How come Portuguese? Portuguese fishing boats typically seem to have flat bottoms, high bows, and a lot of rocker. This little boat […]

Daydream 15 ft sharpie

Daydreaam sharpie layout

A.k.a. “Least Cuts Boat”. This is a 15 ft Sharpie Skiff made with all straight saw cuts with 4 sheets of plywood. With a little bit of effort and the use of some simplified build techniques, Daydream can be built within 24 hours. Daydream is a step up from the Summerbreeze design as it is […]

Easy to build Jonboat

Easy to build jonboat

This is a 12 ft x 5ft plywood fishing boat that can be powered with an outboard up to 6 hp. It is a dependable and sturdy boat that can take a beating. It is very stable even with a crew of 5 adults. Because of the low weight, the car can easily be carried […]

Budget Houseboat

Budget houseboat

The budget houseboat is a plywood boat that can be built with simple tools. She is 20 ft wide and has a 9 ft beam. This gives plenty of space to accommodate a small family. It is a bit of a camper that goes on the water. And when it’s on the trailer you can […]

Eager Eve 18 ft cabin cruiser

Small plywood cabin cruiser

Eager Eve is a plywood cabin cruiser. She looks like an inboard luxury cruiser but in fact, the 25 hp outboard is well tucked away out of sight. Her length is 18 ft and her beam is 6’11”. This gives you plenty of space to camp or to make day trips with friends. Because of […]

Dolphin cabin cruiser

Dolphin cabin cruiser

The Dolphin is a 16-foot plywood cabin cruiser specially designed for use on a trailer to easily move about. The hull is light enough to be transported by trailer and the size can easily be handled. The cabin accommodates two people for a long trip or four people for a day trip. The construction costs […]



The Optimist is a small sailing dinghy that is used for competitions around the world, intended for use by children and teenagers up to the age of 15. Contemporary boats are usually made of fiberglass, although wooden boats are still built. It is one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world, with over […]

Herb McLeod’s One sheet skiff

One sheet skiff

A.k.a. OSS. The boat measures just under 8 feet from bow to stern. It is constructed from 1/4 pine plywood, and 1″ x 2″ pine strips for the frame, gunwales, and chines. The seat which requires a small amount of additional ply is attached to the boat. The original Herb McLeod website now can only […]

Lisa B Good houseboat

Lisa B Good houseboat

“Lisa B. Good” is the result of a discussion on the Yahoo Shantyboat Group. The design turned out to be an economy-sized Shantyboat, about the minimum size that offers stand-up headroom, decent deck space, and long-weekend accommodations for a couple. I’d build her 16 foot as drawn. That length is handy, because you can easily […]