What’s the difference between a dory, a dinghy and a skiff?

Small boats

A dory, a dinghy, and a skiff are all types of small boats, but they have some distinct differences in terms of design and usage. A dory is a type of small, narrow, and flat-bottomed boat that is typically propelled with oars or a small outboard motor. Dories are known for their stability and seaworthiness […]

EuroPig pirogue

If you’re looking for a unique and relatively easy boat-building project, the EuroPig pirogue plans by Lew Clayman may be just what you’re looking for. EuroPig is an anagram on pirogue. These plans were submitted as an entry in the 2001 Duckworks Magazine boat-building contest and they offer an excellent opportunity to build a traditional […]

How can I prepare my boat for storage?

Canoes in storage

Properly preparing your boat for storage is important to ensure that it stays in good condition until the next boating season. Here are some steps you can take to prepare your boat for storage: Clean the boat: Thoroughly clean the boat, inside and out, to remove any dirt, debris, or salt buildup. Drain the boat: […]

How to build a modern plywood boat from old boatplans?

Old boat plans

Transferring old boat plans from the 1940s to new-style plywood plans can be a challenging but rewarding process. Here are a few steps that can help guide you through the process:   Start by carefully reviewing the original plans. Take note of any measurements, angles, and details that will be important to replicate in the […]

How to protect my wooden boat from the elements?

Boats on the beach

When it comes to wooden boats, paint and varnish are essential for protecting the wood from the elements and preserving its beauty. However, not all paint and varnish are created equal and it’s important to choose the right products for your specific boat. In this blog post, we will explore the different types of paint […]

What is the best plywood for building a boat?


Plywood is a popular material for building boats due to its strength, durability, and affordability. However, not all plywood is created equal and it’s important to choose the right type for your specific project. It is not recommended to use interior plywood for building a boat because it is not designed to withstand the harsh […]

What tools do I need for building a simple plywood boat?

Introduction Building a plywood boat is a lot of fun, but it does take some planning. You need to know what tools you will need to build it, and how much time and money it will cost. In this post, we’ll go over the basics of building your first plywood boat and how much time/money […]

Scow Moth

Plans for a Scow Moth Introduction The Scow Moth is a wooden dinghy that builds from a kit of parts. The plans for this boat are available from Brian Porter, and they’re an outstanding example of engineering and shipwrighting skill. The drawing set provides lines of the planing hull, cross sections, and a table and […]