Timber Boat Plans And Wooden Boats

A Guide to Timber Boat Plans

old boat- timber boat plansIs it your dream to own your own boat? Imagine for a moment that it is actually a reality, and you can take it out to the lake on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Then you can just relax and watch the world go by, with no stress or hassle, just peace and calm. If this sounds like heaven to you then you may be interested to get your hands on some timber boat plans, so that you can get to work sooner rather than later on your own dream boat.

Once you make your own boat based on some timber boat plans, then you will find that you will very quickly become the talk of the town. People will want to know where you got it and how they can get their own. When you take it out on the lake there will be a few jealous looks, as you confidently take to the water and get down to business.

The great thing about timber boat plans is that you don’t need to be an expert at all. It doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner, all you need is a vision, a bit of determination and a little bit of hard work. After that its all gravy.

Boats that are made in factories are known to be very expensive. We are talking thousands of dollars here. Building your own boat is a far better option as it will save you a bunch of money, but more importantly you will get a great sense of satisfaction from something that you built with your own two hands.

If you want to get some great timber boat plans, then a website called plans4boats.com is an excellent resource. The owner of the website Daniel Holden is a professional boat builder and has over 20 years of experience building boats. His plans are all based on things he has actually built and there are no theories at all.


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Choosing a Tender

Photos of the dinghy I built

Photos of the dinghy I built

We needed a tender for our families cruising yacht “Blue Heron”. The inflatable that came with it was on it’s last legs, really struggling to keep enough air inside to keep it afloat for any length of


I didn’t want an inflatable as our main tender. I wanted a boat that would row well, sail well and take a reasonable sized outboard motor.

I new that most tenders were barely big enough, causing more than one trip ashore. With a family of four, we needed a tender big enough to travel reasonably long distances, so we could explore up rivers. In some countries it is quite a distance to go to clear customs, so a dinghy that can get up on theJuly 06 045-20150426 plane and cover that distance in a reasonable time is important.

A cruising yacht tender is also equivalent to the family car, with large shops for supplies being carted from shore back aboard.

It is important to have the biggest tender you can carry when at anchor. it is equally important to have the smallest dinghy practical when at sea, so as not to block the vision from the cockpit.

When I was looking for a dinghy design, it was obvious to me that I needed a nesting dinghy. After trawling the net for some time, I came acrossboat picks 403 a Spindrift 11N, by BandB yacht designs. The design was well  proven with plenty of reviews and examples to convince me.

I spent all my spare time over winter building it, then put the saw through the middle, so the front half fitted neatly into the back half. The end result was an 11 foot dinghy that only took up 6 foot on deck while at sea.

The design has served us well. Our kids learnt to row and sail in it. They became proficient with the engine and were most put out when the laws of  Australia prevented them from using the boat with the 8 horse power engine on it.

We have owned the dinghy for over ten years now and it is getting it’s first major refit.

If you are in the market for a new dinghy, I highly recommend a solid wooden dinghy to do the everyday work required of a cruising yacht at anchor as well being a recreation toy to fill in those balmy days at anchor.boat picks 369-20150426July 06 043-20150426

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Wooden Boats | Timber Boat Plans

Wooden Boats

Wooden Boats and Wooden Boat Plans

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Wood Boat Plans


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Timber boat plans features different styles of wooden boats you can build with the right blueprints, help and guides. Includes descriptive timber boat pictures.


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