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Finding Free Boat Plans – Skiffs Dinghies Rowboats and Runabouts

This article is written to help you find free public domain rowboat, dinghy or skiff boat plans on the internet. We also show you what tools you will need to build your own small wooden boat.

Many people dream of one day owning their own boat.  There are two ways to make this dream come true.  You can buy a boat either new or used.  Buying a boat is quick and easy and in today’s society quick and easy is popular.  New boats are expensive and drop in value substantially the second you buy them.  Used boats are much more affordable but you sometimes end up buying someone else’s problems.

There is another way to obtain a boat.  Just build it yourself.  There are several reasons for choosing this method. 

Building a boat can save you quite a bit of money. A small dory may cost you a thousand dollars to purchase but only a hundred to build yourself.

Building a boat gets you exactly what you want.  Since you are the builder you choose the features, length, width, weight, color, etc.  No need to just take what you can get.

Boat building is a great hobby. Nothing is more satisfying than  taking plain wood and turning it into a vessel that can take you across a bay or in some cases around the world.  Until just a few decades ago if you wanted a boat you had no choice but to build it or have it built.  Craftsmen have been constructing vessels for thousands of years and you can continue that tradition.

Finally, boat building can become a profitable business.  You would want to stick with simple small boats that have a high profit margin.  Dinghies are great.  Just build them, advertise and sell.

Every boat project starts with a plan.  Boat plans should outline everything you will need to complete your project in a step by step method.  There are a number of free boat plans on the internet that can be printed out and used to build a boat. (see links below)  If you are new to boat building start by building simple boats.  Some can be put together in a day or two.  Use the boat, sell it and then start another.  Once you become proficient at building small boats you are ready to move on to bigger projects. 

Here are some examples of free small boat plans available in the public domain.  The great thing about boat plans is that they are timeless and as useful today as they were 75 years ago.

Free Plans for a Three Piece Portable Boat (very unique)

Free Plans for an 8′ Simple Fishing Skiff

Free Plans for a 13′ Simple Rowboat (or small motor)

Free Plans for a Very Simple 10′ Folding Boat

Free Plans for a Basic Rowing Dory

Free Plans for a Simple Plywood Dinghy

Free Plans for an Unsinkable Fiberglassed Dinghy

Free Plans for a 15′ Rowing Dory

Before you begin your boat building project you are going to need to have a place to build that is out of the weather and the proper tools to construct the boat.  Here are the basic tools you will need:

Saw Horses
Screwdrivers (preferably cordless)
Hammer
Wood Clamps
Drill (Cordless)
Skill Saw or Table Saw
Chisel
Measuring Tape and Pencils
Jig Saw
Miter Box
Sand Paper
Planing Tool

Once you have your tools and a place to build, all you need to do is add materials and you are ready to start building your boat.  Just make sure to follow instructions and take it step by step.  Study the plans carefully before starting so that you have an image in your mind of how the pieces are going to fit together and how the finished product is to look like.

 

Contessa 26 Sailboat / Sloop Specifications – Draft, Beam, Displacement

The Contessa 26 is a heavily built masthead sloop capable of crossing any ocean.  It has gained notoriety mainly from two circumnavigations.  One is by Tania Aebi in Varuna and the other is by Brian Caldwell in Mai Miti Vava’u.  Both using Canadian versions of the boat.  Pre-owned Contessa Yachts sell for between $8,000 and $18,000 used.  There are normally a few on the market at any one time.

The Contessa 26 design was a collaboration between Jeremy Rogers and David Sadler in 1965.  It was designed in Great Britain. The Contessa 26 has been built in both the UK and in Canada.  400 of the yachts were built in the UK between 1966 and 1978.  About 400 of the boats were produced in Canada.  Production ceased in 1990 and none have been built since.

For information on where to purchase a Contessa 26 Click Here.

Here are the specs on the Contessa 26.

1974 Contessa 26 specs –

* Hull Material: Fiberglass
* Builder: JJ Taylor , Canada
* LOA: 26′
* Beam: 7’6″
* Headroom – 5′ 9″
* Engine(s): Yanmar 1GM10 Diesel
* Engine(s) HP: 8
* Cruising Speed: 5
* Max Speed: 6
* Fuel: 6 Gallon
* LOA: 26′
* LWL: 21’0″
* Beam: 7’6″
* Displacement: 5400lbs
* Draft: 4’0″
* Ballast: 2300lbs Yanmar 1GM10
*3 blade Prop , Flexible Coupling and support bearing.

Contessa 32 Sailboat Sloop – Used Boats and Parts For Sale

The Contessa 32 is a 9.75 meter heavily built fiberglass mono hull sailboat. The boat was designed in Great Britain in 1970 by David Sadler.  The boat comes standard rigged as a masthead sloop, with a fin keel and a skeg-mounted rudder. The Contessa 32 is classified as a cruiser-racer. It is designed to be seaworthy enough for offshore voyages and perform well in offshore racing. The Contessa 32 is known for her ability to endure harsh weather and rough seas. It was a Contessa 32 that was the only yacht in the small boat class to finish the 1979 Fastnet race, in which 15 lives were lost.

Contessa 32 Owners Main Site – Main Site on the Internet for Contessa 32 Yachts. Also try www.co26.org for the Contessa 26 main site.

Boats Dot Com Website – Great Site for Contessa 26’s, 32’s and other bluewater sailboats. Type in Contessa 26 or 32 as your keyword, put in your zip code and choose no limit for range.

Yacht World Dot Com Website – Great Site for the Contessa 26 and 32 and other sailboats. I have had good luck with this site. Type in Contessa as your keyword at the top of the page.

Sailing Texas Website – Great Site for finding small sailboats. They have boats from more places than just Texas so don’t let the name fool you. There is a search bar that you can use.  Just use the search word Contessa.

Boat Trader Online – Good Site for Finding Used Contessa 32 Sailboats as well as other Bluewater Cruisers.

Craigslist Search Engine – Search all of craigslist at one time from one site. Great place to find both sailboats and parts. Simple to use. Type in your zipcode and the keyword you want to search for.

Contessa 26 Sailboat Sloop – Boats and Parts For Sale

The Contessa 26 is a 7.77 meter fiberglass monohull sailboat, designed by Jeremy Rogers and David Sadler. Rigged as a masthead sloop, with a deep keel and a hull-mounted rudder, the first Contessa 26 was launched in 1966. The Contessa 26 has proven to be proved to be a very successful racer and ocean voyager. The boats small size and easy to handle rig make her a popular choice for single handers.   Tania Aebi and Brian Caldwell, both Americans, have sailed the Contessa 26 around the world alone.  They both used the Canadian version of the boat. The yacht was originally constructed in the UK and later in Canada.  About 800 of the boats were built.  There are normally several Contessas available at any given time.  Because about half were built in England and half in Canada they are available pretty much around the globe.

To see the specifications on this boat CLICK HERE.

We have compiled some sources for Contessa 26 sailboats for sale as well as accessories. Here they are :

Contessa 26 Owners Main Site – The Number One Site on the Internet for Contessa 26 Yachts

Boats Dot Com Website – Great Site for Contessa 26’s, 32’s and other sailboats. Type in Contessa 26 or 32 as your keyword, put in your zip code and choose no limit for range.

Yacht World Dot Com Website – Great Site for the Contessa 26 and 32 and other sailboats. I have had good luck with this site. Type in Contessa as your keyword at the top of the page.

Sailing Texas Website – Great Site for finding small sailboats. They have boats from more places than just Texas so don’t let the name fool you.

Boat Trader Online – Good Site for Finding Used Contessa Sailboats as well as other Bluewater Cruisers.

Craigslist Search Engine – Search all of craigslist at one time from one site. Great place to find both sailboats and parts. Simple to use. Type in your zipcode and the keyword you want to search for.

Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20 Specifications Draft Mast Height Beam Headroom

Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20 specifications, draft, mast height, beam, headroom, fuel capacity, water capacity displacement, etc..

The purpose of this website is to provide you with specifications and details on the Pacific SeaCraft Flicka 20 Sailboat. Key characteristics such as draft, beam, mast height, length overall, length over the deck, and other specs have been included.

The boat is a 20-foot monohull aft-cockpit fiberglass sloop from Pacific Seacraft Corporation. Designed by Bruce Bingham. Built in the USA. 400+ produced from 1972. Very sought after small bluewater cruiser mainly due to its seaworthiness and standing headroom. Pacific Seacraft sailboats are known for quality construction and good resale value. Some Flicka’s came powered with an outboard motor while others have an inboard diesel.

  • Designer: Bruce Bingham
  • 5’11” headroom.
  • Length over-all: 24′
  • Length on deck: 20′
  • Length waterline: 18′ 2″
  • Waterline to top of mast: 30 feet (approx)
  • Beam: 8′
  • Draft: 3’3″
  • Displacement: 5,500- 6,000 pounds
  • Ballast: 1800 lbs.
  • Sail area: 250 sq. ft.
  • Water: 20 gallons
  • Storm stay-sail, Jib, Genoa, and Main
  • Kenyon 2-burner stove or alcohol stove
  • Ice-box
  • Power: Inboard diesel or outboard motor

Performance Indicators

D/L 444 B/D 30 % SA/D 11.8
Comfort 27.8 Capsize 1.76 L/B 2.5

For information on where to find a pre owned Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20 CLICK HERE.


Compac 16 Specifications Draft Weight Beam Mast Height

The Compac 16 is a basic and dependable little sailboat. It can be easily trailered and rigged. This articles covers Compac 16 draft, beam, length over all, ballast, mast height and more.  Most boats also come with a trailer and an outboard motor with mount.

Basic Dimensions and Specs.

        • Sleeps Two
        • Length Overall (LOA) – 16′
        • Waterline Length (LWL) – 14′
        • Weight 1100 LB
        • Beam – 6′
        • Draft – 18″ Fixed Keel
        • Mast Height (Above Waterline) – 21′
        • Displacement – 1,100#
        • Ballast – 450#
        • Self-bailing
        • Kick-up rudder
        • 7′ cockpit
        • 2 quarter berths below cockpit seats

 

Compac 16 19 23 Foot Sailboat Hutchins Yachts – Used For Sale

The Compac family of small pocket cruisers are capable, trailerable, shallow draft boats that continue to be one of the most popular small sailboats built.  The 16 foot Compac sailboat is the most popular in the line.  These little boats are not bluewater cruisers, however, they are built very tough and are very capable inland waterway cruisers. Compac Sailboats are often a bit pricey but their features and trailerability make them a very popular choice for small sailboat enthusiasts.   A trailered Compac 16 can be rigged and ready to sail in about 30 minutes.

The Compac 16 was first built in 1974 and there were over 2,800 produced.  It is the smallest cabin sailboat in the Hutchins line. Hutchins also produces the Compac 19 and 23 which are also very popular cruisers.  All of the boats are very well constructed and as you go up in size you increase the places you can go with the boat.

We have compiled some sources for Compac 16 19 and 23 Sailboats for sale as well as accessories. Here they are :

Boat Trader Classified Ads – This is a great Site for finding Compac Yachts and other sailboats for Sale. Type Compac as your keyword and then your zip code.

Boats Dot Com Website – Also a great Site for finding Compac 16, 19 and 23’s and other sailboats. There are usually several Compacs here. Type in Compac as your keyword, put in your zip code and choose no limit for range.

Yacht World Dot Com Website – This is often the first site I check.  Great Site for Compac Yachts and other sailboats. Type in Compac as your keyword at the top of the page to get a list of all the Compac yachts for sale.

Sailing Texas Website – Great Site for finding small sailboats. They have boats from more places than just Texas so don’t let the name fool you.  They also have a list of Compac boats that have sold along with the information and pictures.

Sail Net Community – Great place to discuss Sailing and Sailboats. Click on resources, then classifieds and type in Compac under search classifieds. Normally a page of results will come up.

Craigslist Search Engine – Search all of craigslist at one time from one site. Simple to use.  Enter Compac or Compac 16 or Compac 19 and so on.

Compac Owners Association – Great place to get better acquanted with the world of Compac Yachts. Also a good place to look for boats.

Catalina Capri 22 Specifications Mast Height Displacement Draft

The purpose of this website is to provide you with specifications and details on the Catalina 22 Sailboat. Key characteristics such as draft, beam, mast height, length overall, length at water line, and other specs have been included.

21’6″ – LOA

LWA (length water line) – 19’4″

Beam – 7’8″

Mast Length – 25’0″

Displacement – 2250 lbs.

Masthead To Waterline – 29.1 ft.

Head Room, Pop-Top Up – 5’7″

Pop-Top Down – 4’4″

Hull Speed 5.89 knots

Available as a Fin Keel, Swing Keel, Wing Keel

Draft, Keel Up – 2’0″

Draft, Keel Down – 5’0″

Wing Keel Draft – 2’6″

Fin Keel Draft – 3’6″

Ballast – 550 – 700 lbs.

Sail Area (100%) – 205 sq. ft.

Catalina 22 Sailboat – Used Boats For Sale

The Catalina 22 Sailboat one of the more popular trailer capable small cruisers ever built. It is by no means a blue water cruiser but its price, features and trailerability make it a very popular choice for small sailboat enthusiasts.  I would classify it as a trailerable inland waterway cruiser.

Frank Butler, who was formerly with Columbia Yachts, built Catalina’s first model, the Catalina 22, in North Hollywood, CA.  The plan was to build 100 boats if all went well.  All did go well and to date, more than 10,000 boats been built making the Catalina 22 one of the most popular small cruising sailboats in the world.

We have additional specifications for the Catalina 22 such as LOA, Beam, Displacement, Headroom, Draft, Sail Area, etc.. in our specifications article to the right.

We have compiled some sources for Catalina 22 Sailboats for sale as well as accessories. Here they are :

Boat Trader Classified Ads – This is a great Site for finding Catalinas and other sailboats for Sale. Type Catalina as your keyword and then your zip code. The site is designed to help you find the right boat in your area.

Boats Dot Com Website – Another great Site for finding Catalina 22’s and other sailboats. There are usually several pages of Catalinas here. Just type in Catalina as your keyword, put in your zip code and choose no limit for range.

Yacht World Dot Com Website – Great Site for Catalina 22’s and other sailboats. I have had good luck with this site. Type in Catalina as your keyword at the top of the page.

Sailing Texas Website – Great Site for finding small sailboats. They have boats from more places than just Texas so don’t let the name fool you.

Sail Net Community – Great place to discuss Sailing and Sailboats. Click on resources, then classifieds and type in Catalina 22 under search classifieds. Normally a page of results will come up.

Craigslist Search Engine – Great tool. Search all of craigslist at one time from one site. The interface is simple to use.

Cal 20 by Jensen Marine – Used Sailboat For Sale

The Cal 20 also known as the California 20 was built between 1961 and 1975 by Jensen Marine. The Cal 20 was designed by Bill Lapworth in 1960 and went into production in 1961. The little boat quickly became popular due to it’s low price tag of $3200. This low priced sailboat soon became the #1 seller for Jensen Marine and they would soon be building a 20 footer each day !  The boat is small and accommodations are limited, however, thanks to its heavy keel, it is a very seaworthy boat.  This is really the only reason it is classified as a small bluewater cruiser.

These quick little sailboats have four bunks, an eight foot cockpit, plenty of storage and a little marine head that comes in handy on longer cruises. Over 2400 Cal 20’s were manufactured. They remain a popular and sought after cruiser because of their speed, affordable price and cruising ability.  Because the Cal 20’s keel is cast iron, you need to check it carefully when purchasing.  Make sure it has been properly cared for.

We have compiled some sources for Jensen Marine Cal 20 sailboats for sale as well as sources for parts and accessories. Here they are :

Cal 20 Main Site – Main Site on the world wide web for Cal 20’s. Association page, forum, photos, newsletter and more.

Boats Dot Com Website – Great Site for Used Cal 20 and other sailboats. There are usually several Cal 20 sailboats here. Type in Cal 20 as your keyword, put in your zip code and choose no limit for range.

Yacht World Dot Com Website – This is also a great site for Cal 20’s and other sailboats. I have had good luck here. Type in Cal 20 as your keyword at the top of the page.

Sailing Texas Website – Great Site for finding small sailboats. They have boats from more places than just Texas so don’t let the name fool you. Google “sailingtexas cal 20” to go straight to the Cal 20 page.

Sailboatlistings.com -Great Sailboats for sale site. Click on search and type in Cal 20 using the keyword search box. Normally 2 or more Cals on this site.

Craigslist Search Engine – This is great.  You can search all of craigslist at one time from one site. Great place to find both sailboats and parts. The interface is simple to use. Type in your zipcode and the keyword you want to search for.