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 […]

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 […]

Epoxy stitch & glue

Canoe stitch & glue

Epoxy is an effective material that is proven in boats ranging from dinghies to ultralight ocean racers and huge motor yachts. It’s more expensive and more difficult to work with than polyurethane glue since you must carefully measure and mix two components (resin and hardener) before using it. Once you’ve mixed the two you have […]

Are Svensons free boat plans worth building?


When you are looking for (free) boat plans you must have stumbled across Svensons free boat plans site at least once. What is the Svensons free boat plans site? On this site, you will find old boat plans from the magazine Science and Mechanics and the Boat Builder Handbook. Science and Mechanics was a magazine, […]

What is best free boat plan for a first time build?

Cheap Canoe Wackie Lassie canoe Summerbreeze skiff Daydream sharpie Portuguese style dinghy The Mouse Puddle Duck racer sailboat   When I was looking for plans for my first build I was young, inexperienced, and nearly broke. So the plans I was looking at were free boat plans that were easy and inexpensive to build. But […]