Playing around on the water in a small boat is a lot of fun. But what makes it even more special is, when the boat you are in is one that you built.

Building a boat is different

– from other woodworking projects.

When you finish and launch a boat, it comes alive, with a personality of its own. The way it handles on the water and moves at speed, every hull is different. Creating a craft brings wood to life. 


Building a small boat, is easier than you think –

with tools you probably already have at home and a small amount of inexpensive material, you can be on the water in no time, and without spending much money either. It can be a great father-son project too, working together in the garage. In the end, you’ll have something the whole family can enjoy.


Plans for building the 3.4m plywood runabout “Tewantin”. Same length and needs not much more material to build than Noosa but a much bigger boat in volume. This is a fast lightweight performance boat – you can build at home and the plans are now available. Click the button or the picture to learn more. (CNC cutting files are available).

Tewantin - High Performance

An easily built, high-speed runabout you can make at home. This boat flies! Light enough to load on top of your car. Ideal motor size – 6hp to 10hp motor.

Geelong - 4.7m Multihull

Complete plans. There are many ways you can rig and use this boat. With an electric drive, she makes a great, stable fishing boat with tonnes of room inside.


Plans for building the 4.7m plywood proa – “Geelong”. Basic Plans so you can build this multihull 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 or you can Gaff rig the boat, giving more sail area with the same size mast. Rigging details are not included in the plans.


Plans for building the 3.45m plywood runabout “Noosa”. A boat small enough to build in your garage and walk down the footpath to the water. But large enough for a lot of fun on the water. She gets up and planes with a 3.3hp motor. Recommended motor size 3 – 5hp.Click on the picture to learn more.  (CNC cutting files available).

Noosa - a 3.45m Runabout

An easily built small plywood runabout you can build in a garage. A great father and son project. Narrow enough to walk to the water. 

Put wheels under your boat and walk it to the water – you don’t need a car. You’ll meet more people than walking a dog…

30-Day Guarantee

If you buy plans and decide within 30 days, you don’t want to go ahead and build the boat, I’ll refund your money.

CNC files - available

CNC cutting files are available as an option, to computer cut all of the plywood parts. No more scarfing by hand. Any questions?

CNC Plans 

If you are lucky enough to have a CNC machine or access to one, you can save a lot of time and often material, cutting out the plywood parts to build your boat. Parts that are longer than the panel size your machine accepts, are cut with finger joints – to allow easy cutting and assembly, without scarfing.

CNC files come in dxf format, to suit both large (4ft x 8ft), and small (2ft x 4ft) machines. The also include layout drawings showing the nesting of parts on each plywood sheet (1/4 sheets, for small machines), and an alignment drawing to double check the final panels shape is perfect.

Shave days off the time it takes to build your boat. For an extra $30, cut panels that fit perfectly. No more scarfing plywood sheets. All the long parts are finger jointed for easy assembly. If you’d like more information, email Tim at  

Builders at Work

Some examples of the great work under way. Photos kindly shared with me by builders, busy at work in their garages and sheds.

More examples coming.

Fine workmanship, by Tim and his Dad in Sydney – Australia.


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Play List – Building Tokyo Express

Play List – Small Boats

Play List – Other Builders Work

PLANS coming – to build Tokyo Express

  • Plans are in the making, expected availability – end 2019. Similar looking, but a completely redesigned version of the original TE. Making extensive use of CNC cutting together with traditional techniques; to reduce the time it takes to build and keep costs down – well below the price of building from a kit. Construction is strip plank western red cedar built over temporary frames.
  • The same way the original TE was built – Cedar, Marine ply, Standard Fibreglass (e-glass) and Epoxy Resin. Nothing fancy, no expensive materials, but the end result – a strong, high-performance, light weight boat, that will last you for years.

Get started – bring your next home project to life!

Tim Weston Boats

This website is all about boats, home boat building and other DIY projects.  A place for the do it yourself builder and anyone interested in boats and making things.

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