Free Plans for Stitch and Glue Boatbuilding
Some free boatbuilding plans are very good, others are less so. If you choose to use free boat plans, do your homework, and try to find others who have built from the plans. Its a good idea to check the measurements and to build a model from the free plans just to make sure you understand the process.
Stitch and glue plans are good wooden boat plans for beginners.
Making a model will pay back later and save you time when you build because you will have figured out how the boat goes together.
Your model will also help you decide if you like the look of the boat BEFORE you spend alot of time and money building a wooden boat from scratch.
In a more complex boat, free is not always less expensive because the designer of bought plans will usually have taken the time to give you better instructions and is often available to answer questions.
I built the green pram using the stitch and glue method of boatbuilding. The plans were free.
Follow my day to day diary building Gavin Atkin's Apple Pie dinghy.
Free Stitch and Glue Boat Plans in no Particular Order.
Email me if a link is broken. I try to update everything often but the internet is a fast paced place. (and I'm not so quick)
|Free Pirogue boat plans from Morten Olesen, Naval Architect. You need to email for the plans but its free. Also other plans for sale.||Free plans for a Bernarda 10 Well not quite free, you have to send the designer a photocopy of your money!! This is a great funny web page.||Gavin Atkin's "In the boatshed" has several free boat plans. A mother lode of nice designs. Lots of easy to build stitch and glue plans|
|Wacky Lassie Kid's pirogue, Fritz's boat page. Lots of other boats.||Portuguese style dinghy, free plans. Cute row boat/tender. Several Variations of rowboats.||One-Sheet Skiff could modified to be built Stitch and glue. It suggests chine logs.|
|Puddle Duck Racer, the little boat that could. Very simple 8ft boat. Free plans. Usually built with chine logs but could be adapted to stitch and glue as long as you glass tape the seams.||Mouse Boats on Yahoo groups. Lots of fun in a tiny boat. Good project for children or adult in quiet water. Stitch and Glue.||Clown 450 Free sailboat plans and instructions IN FRENCH but nicely illustrated. have a look.|
|Plans for U, Almost free (3.00) These are expired copyright, or free plans they have gathered up and bundled. The Norwegian pram looks promising. Not much detail I think.||Duck Punters Free Plan Fairly tender sailing canoe type. Wander around the website some. Designed for chine logs but can be converted.||Micro Folding Dinghy Free Plans. Not really Stitch and glue but interesting to look at.|
|Ella Rowboat Free online plans. Stitch and Glue Assembly.||Cinderella Rowboat Also from in the boatshed||Mini Sharpie is a one sheet boat from Simplicity Boats.|
|Free Stitch and glue plan for a Simple to Build Cruising Kayak from Spira International||Thai Inspired Longtail Boat||Portable Boat Plans has several designs for free. Many other of his plans are very inexpensive. Ken Simpson designs inexpensive easily built boats.|
|Free Stitch and glue plan for a Norwegian style pram. In French but really well documented with lots of photos. He uses Sikaflex to put his boat together but coats the outside with epoxy resin. Then lots of varnish and paint. Pretty boat. (Sometimes theirc server seems to go down.)||Herring Skiff Free Stitch and Glue Boat Plans 12 Ft Motor Skiff||How to build Cheap Boats Sailing Canoe. Includes sailing rig. Not very detailed but interesting as a historical document.|
|Free Guillemot Kayak Plans from Guillemot Kayaks.||Elf designed by Steven Lewis and available from Duckworks Magazine. Offsets and diagrams. 12 ft long sailing and rowing boat.||4. Metre Dayboat by Radoslaw Werszko. Can be use with outboard.|
|Blondie Sail trainer and yacht tender designed by John Bell||Several one person boat some have been built other are concept. Interesting page for mini keel boats. Many are strip building but it's not clear what all the building styles are. The boat designs are worth looking at anyway.||Free Stitch and Glue plans for single and double kayaks from Kayakyak. These have been built and tested. Nice looking boats. The Plans are actual plans not ofsets.|
|Bateau Bois Plans for some respectable boats. look under 1- Plans Bois, In many languages. Get Mr. Google to translate but it's well worth having a look.||Apple Pie Pram I built this and found it to be a nice tender.|
Free plans for a MODEL of a Dory
Shearwater Boats has a free model plan. You just print it and put it together.
Many people offer free plans from old publications such as Popular Mechanics. Since epoxy was not available then, they are not stitch and glue. They could be adapted however. It is usually possible to replace chine logs (strips of wood that connect bottom and side with screw and glue) with an epoxy fillet and fiberglass cloth. It is important to strengthen at least the seam inside and out with fiberglass strips if you remove the chine log.
More Free Plans hiding in Books.
A very good way of getting free plans is by purchasing designer's books. For 20 or so dollars you can get plans for several boats AND detailed instructions on how to build them.
Many designers have boatbuilding books. Gary Dierking offers plans and instructions for 3 of his outstanding outriggers in his book "Building outrigger sailing Canoes". Dynamite Payson does the same with his book "Instant Boatbuilding with Dynamite Payson". Most of his plans are Philip Bolger's plans. Thomas Firth Jones has plans in his book "New Plywood Boats". Jim Michalak's book is a goldmine as well with lots of detailed plans and instructions. John Welsford has his "Backyard Boatbuilder"
Many designers offer plans at very small cost. Its often a better bet to purchase these than some of the free plans. Check out Duckworks plan pages There are many good designers here and a few free plans as well.
If you are looking for wooden boat plans for beginners its hard to beat stitch and glue.
I try to be accurate and check my information, but mistakes happen. ALSO keep in mind that not all free boats are good designs. Some are but others are worth exactly what you paid for them. Also keep in mind while I'm in a preachy mood, that a good set of plans will save you lots of time and if you've paid for them you can actually often contact the designer and get help.email me if you find mistakes, I'll fix them and we'll all benefit: Christine