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Old Boats: Treasures from the Past

Free Boat Plans from the Late 1930’s and Early 1940’s

These plans, drawings, and instructions came primarily from some old "how-to" paperbacks from the late 1930's and early 1940's. Meant for home boat builders of various skill levels, these magazines featured a variety of plans ranging from simple knock together scows to.ocean-going yachts. We’ve tried to filter these plans based upon simple construction, low cost, novelty, and performance along with our preferences for sailing sharpies, flat iron skiffs, and scows. Only the highlighted links below will have web pages with study plans. We are rebuilding these plan pages from a site that had been hosted on AOL over a 12-year period before AOL made a corporate decision to eliminate free hosting. Consequently, it might be some time before all plans below become available again. As plans are re-scanned and posted, the “live” links will appear in color and the word “Plans” will be listed in the first column . Please be patient. Some of these scans are very large in order to capture very small plan dimensions.

“OLD TIMERS”

CRUISERS

Plans

Confucius  17’ Offshore Cruiser

AUXILIARIES/SHARPIES

Plans

Bonnie 18’6” Plywood cabin sloop (shown on the cover at right)

Plans

Coot 22’ Chesapeake Bay Sharpie

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Sandy 18’ 6” Double-ended Sharpie

SAILBOATS

Plans

Snorky 14’ cat-rigged knockabout

 

Panda 16’ junior class boat

Plans

Splinter 20’ sailing toothpick with a moveable bulb fin. Hike out on springboards.

Plans

Super Sunray 15’ racing sloop

Plans

Zipper  20’ scow for inland lakes. Very fast.

Plans

Conga 12’ V-bottom sloop.

Plans

Corky 18’ V-bottom sloop

Plans

Tiny Bear 10’ junior Moth built of plywood

Plans

Wrinkle Dinkie  8’ canvas-covered sailing dink, built with a polytarp covering instead of canvas by Dave Gray. Construction notes.

 

More plans below….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DINGHIES, SKIFFS, ETC.

 

Plans

Skippy  9’ V-bottom junior sailer

 

Plans

Chip  7’ 8” simple plywood skiff

 

Plans

Dorette  New England sailing dory

 

Plans

Frosty  10’ sailing dinghy or tender

 

Plans

Tubby  12’ sailing scow

 

Plans

Skate  Simple, easy to build skiff for the first-time builder

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

 

Polar Bear 10m. iceboat. 60 mph.

 

 

Crawfish  Streamlined iceboat, 175 sq. ft. sail.

 

Plans

Bayou Belle  24’ Outboard River Cruiser.

 

Plans

Showboat 16’ version of a Mississippi riverboat stern wheeler. Sleeps two

 

 

 

 

For additional old boat plans for novice builders, click on the “Free/Low-Cost Plans” button below.

 

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2291 SE Gaslight St., Port St. Lucie, FL 34952-7332

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