A light boat is easier and more fun to use. We really understand lightweight structures so our boats are often half the weight of similar types that you may see elsewhere. And we do this without sacrificing strength. It also makes them cheaper and faster to build – fewer parts!
Our plans are step by step in most cases and include full instructions on how to use all the materials involved. As we understand boat structures so well we eliminate parts wherever possible. You will find the total number of parts involved in our boats can be half or a third of some similar designs. We have put a full free plan for paddles (and oars) up to download so you can see the detail for yourself.
Take a boat that is light and strong and you can’t stop it from being fast! Our boats might have a strong traditional character, but they don’t behave that way. We like sailing fast boats – our “character boats” will sail, row and paddle rings around others. With our motor boats they have excellent performance with smaller motors and excellent fuel economy.
We have spent years designing boats and selling materials. As a result we have seen most problems that people come across when building their first (and subsequent ) boats and have set up the plans to make that job as easy as possible. We also listen to builder feedback and incorporate the best ideas into the plans.
Continuous Development and Information you won’t be able to find elsewhere
Not only do we provide plans, but our website is packed with useful information for boatbuilders. Because we listen to our customers and answer or research questions for them and then put the results on this website.
From Diesel soaked wood, to the best way to set up a lug rig, to making boats lighter, to using bamboo for some spars, to the purpose of high efficiency centreboards and rudders and how to make them.
Add to that articles from interviews about Foiling, Construction Methods and countless videos of our boats helping you see whether you want to build one and even how to build them.