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Building in your shed – one of life’s simple pleasures

Get started today, making your next home project. Small boats are fun to make, and even more fun when you are finished. You don’t need many tools, or much room to do it, a single-car garage will do just fine. Turn heads when you head to the water, with something you created yourself.

Full Plans – to build the 3.45m “Noosa” 

A boat, small enough to build in your garage and narrow enough to walk to the water. Simple to build, with 6 mm (1/4in) plywood, she gets up and planes with a 3.3hp motor. Click on the picture to learn more. Recommended motor size 3.3—5hp. 

    Full Plans – to build the 3.4m, “Tewantin”

    A high-speed runabout you can make in your garage. This boat flies. Light enough to load on top of your car. Max motor size is 15hp, recommended is 6-10hp. 62 pages of detailed technical drawings, magazine-style notes and more, to help you build Tewantin.

      Full plans – to build the 4.7m plywood multihull “Geelong”

      Basic Plans to build this boat, which you can walk to the water. Another boat you can build in your garage. How you rig it is up to you. She can be cat rigged as shown in the photos (simplest rig), or you can Gaff rig the boat, giving more sail area with the same size mast.

        Full plans – to build the 12m catamaran “Tokyo Express”

        Available later this year – plans to build Tokyo Express, a 12m catamaran similar to the original.

        More information coming soon. If you are eager to get started, you can start with the daggerboard and case. Those plans are available now and form part of the new TE full plans. Next up are the rudder plans, then hull profiles, so you can keep on building. 

        Construction is the same as the way I built TE, strip plank western red cedar, with the same “stealth” looks and lots of improvements built-in. Now is a good time to be living on the water…  

          Full plans – to build the new – TE-40 single Daggerboard

          Improve the performance of your cat in all conditions, especially going to wind. NACA 63-012 profile, 5m tall with a chord of 1.2m (4 ft), this large single daggerboard replaces your standard boards or mini-keels, giving you the performance you have dreamed of.

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