The Iris dinghy

Iris dinghy

Cata, the owner of the Tales of Three boats website, reached out to me with his design The Iris Dinghy. And I must say, it’s a pretty good build.   Iris is designed to carry one adult and one child under sail and 3 to 4 lightly built adults when rowing. Her frame is wrapped […]

10 ft 2 in plywood tender

Small sailing tender

Tiny sailing tender, which makes her handy in operation, and easy to build and store in the garage. You can carry her on a car’s roof rack. LOA 10ft2in Beam 4ft7in Draft 4in Hull weight 110lb 3oz A great boat that can easily be transported so you can widen your area to explore. Kids will […]

Basic Jonboat

Jonboat fishingboat

The jonboat is a very populair design. It’s generally an easy build an it’s a stable design. Jonboats are workboats. They can be used for transporting things across the water and for fishing. In some parts of the Netherlands a derivative of the jonboat is used to transport cattle acroos the water from one meadow […]

Homemade paddles

Different size paddles

Do you need paddles? Are good paddles expensive? Are good-looking paddles even more expensive? Why not build your own? It makes sense to make your DIY kayak complete with DIY paddles, right? Here are plans that are easy to make for a first-time builder. Go to the free plans»

Eek A Mouse

Eek A Mouse boat plans

When I hear the name Eek A Mouse I usually think of this guy. But, in this case, Eek A Mouse is the successor of the Flying Mouse. The 53sqft sail will be a lot more effective than the one on the Flying Mouse. You can also check out the Mouse, the Micro Mouse, and […]

Flying Mouse

Flying mouse sailboat

The flying mouse is a design that should be an easy and quick build. The designer has the following to say about it: Flying Mouse is an exercise to develop just about the smallest, cheapest possible sailing boat I can conceive. As a result, it’s not a boat to which you can safely trust your […]

14′ 5″ pirogue

Free pirogue plans

The 14′ 5″ sailing pirogue, which also can be rowed or powered with a small outboard, is a simple to build project suitable for a first build. With a beam of 3′ 7″,  it isn’t a very stable boat so you will be limited to calm waters. Go to the free boat plans»

Dinky dink

Small dinghy

Dinky Dink is a small 6.5ft x 3.5ft dinghy that can be made out of two sheets of plywood. Construction is of standard stitch and glue techniques. Although it’s a small boat it can can accomodate two people. Go to the free boat plans»

Solar inflatable canoe

Inflatable canoe

Earlier I shared with you some plans for inflatable raft modifications. Here are some other modifications which turn an inflatable canoe into a solar-powered canoe. Go to the mods page»

The Scow

Scow sailing

An easy-to-build dinghy with multiple uses. The scow was designed both to be easy to build and to suit the extensive shallow water. It also was designed to enable it to be rowed, motored, or sailed. So it has a flat (transversely) bottom with several rubbing strakes, leeboards (which allow it to ‘bottom bump’), and […]