Racing Sparrow Plans

Check out these plans and resources, ranging from a 375mm boat to a 1500mm yacht. Pair these with our eBook guide for a fast, easy, and affordable home build RC yacht.

 Racing Sparrow model yachts, orange rg65 and a black 750 in the background

RS-RG65 - 650mm plans, measures to international RG65 rules

A full forward hull and a straight stern. This boat has proven to be a very fast and competitive racer.

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Free Book Sample - PDF

A few pages from the eBook absolutely free

Racing Sparrow model yacht, red hull sailing upwind with a 45 degree heel angle. looks fast

Racing Sparrow 750 plans

The plans that come with the eBook.

Racing Sparrow model yacht - 1 meter

Racing Sparrow 1000 plans

A one metre version, scaled up lines. Bulkhead only plans. Look at the 750 for full schematics.

 Racing Sparrow model yacht RS1500

Racing Sparrow 1500 plans - A scaled up Racing Sparrow

A larger size model yacht. I haven't seen many of these surface. It's a good challenge to build.

 Racing Sparrow model yacht being held by a woman who is about to launch the boat for a sail

Racing Sparrow 375 plans - The smallest sparrow

A miniature RacingSparrow. A great introduction to building with balsa.

racing sparrow footy model yacht, strip planked

RacingSparrow Footy plans

A double diagonal design footy from RacingSparrow.

racing sparrow logo insignia

Logos & Sticker Sheet

Downloadable logos and an EPS file to be sent to a printer and printed out on navy blue cutout vinyl.

Common questions about the plans

What tools do i need to build a racingsparrow.

1. Chisel 2. Craft-knife 3. Drill Bit - 2mm (5/64in)bit 4. Drill Bit - 5mm (3/16in) bit 5. Electric Drill 6. Felt Marker 7. File 8. Hacksaw 9. Hammer 10. Hole Punch 11. Lighter 12. Pen 13. Pencil 14. Pins 15. Pliers 16. Ruler (steel) 17. Sanding Block 18. Scissors 19. Screwdriver 20. Spirit Level (optional) 21. Sponge Brush (several) 22. Vice Grips

Do I need the eBook to build this cool rc sailboat?

No you don't. The book is designed for the newcomer to model yacht building. The book does make it a much simpler process with every detail figured out and covered in the book. Seasoned builders can simply have a go with the free plans.

Are the plans really free?

Yes all the plans are free to download and use as you see fit. The most comprehensive plans are the RS750 A1 full size.

Are there CAD files or 3D files?

Yes there is a 3D dxf file inside a zip file that you can download for free and use how you want. Some people use this in CAD programs or in 3D modelling programmes to great effect. Look under Racing Sparrow 750 plans on this page. An STL file for 3D printing is in the pipelines. Email me if you want a copy.

While we think 3D printing is great, we believe old-skool strip planking balsa is a wonderfully simple way to make a very lightweight boat with excellent longitudinal strength and beauty.

Builders eBook

Dive into the world of boat building with our eBook. Discover the craft of hull planking, fibreglass strengthening, and lead keel ballast casting.

Master the art of electrics installation, spray painting, sail making, and tuning of sails. Download a sample today and embark on a rewarding journey of boat construction.

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What the builders and sailors say:

Being a complete novice, I purchased your book a couple of years ago and built two racing sparrows. Building on this experience I then went on to build, from scratch, an IOM (Triple Crown design). I've since joined a local club and sail virtually every weekend. I would just like to thank you for your endeavours which have allowed me to enter a world I never thought was in my reach.

John Sterland, Australia

Coming upon your book, "Build your own Radio Controlled Yacht" in the Napier Public Library, I am hugely impressed. The combination of your superb photos and illustrations with your easy writing style make it a standout publication and I hope it does well for you.

Richard Spence, New Zealand

Thanks for an excellent design in your RG65. I trialled her again today in a solid 20 knots gusting higher. Even so in a steep chop and fingers off the rudder she drove upwind remarkably well, balanced perfectly. Very impressed that a model boat can handle that with a large rig. I found the book excellent. Ive built several big boats, plus a few skiffs and without that resource building such a good boat would have been impossible.

Mike Bennett

Look at all these cool boats folk have made at home

There is also a full gallery with a boat load of photos of Racing Sparrow's

Alan Brown , Perth, West Australia

Jul 23, 2020

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Alan Brown Catamaran Racing Sparrow derivitive , Perth, Western Australia

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John Sterland , Australia

Dec 28, 2011

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The woodwards Father & Son team on launch day. , New Zealand

Aug 1, 2007

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Build a sparrow in less than 3 hours!

Oct 18, 2013

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Take a look at the blog section for a full write up about this model.

DKM247 - Proud RacingSparrow Builder/Owner , Melbourne, Australia

Dec 1, 2016

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Kevins stunning RG65 , New Zealand

Aug 1, 2013

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Geoff Lewis , Isle of Wight

Sep 22, 2009

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One Meter RacingSparrow - Garry Angel , France

Jun 2, 2009

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Bryn's fibreglass Racing Sparrow , Wellington, New Zealand

Sep 2, 2008

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This red boat is the latest racing sparrow that we've built and put to the test. It has been built for wellington conditions. It has the maximum 1.3kg lead bulb. It has a basic deck structure, no plywood, 1 layer of balsa with a coat of resin-only to save on weight and budget. It uses the more basic hatch construction of plastic sheet taped on with ducktape, very effective and waterproof. The sails are maxed out, being cut very close to the plans, maybe a little bigger, there are no rules about max sail area in the class rules! Another difference on this boat is the mast has been painted black for a different look.

Free model boat plans: the MiniX, an easy-to-build radio-controlled sailboat

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We set ourselves a challenge: to make a sailing model. In the end, after hours of reflection and work, we discovered that we took as much pleasure in designing and building as we did sailing our yachts. Here is the description of our project and the plans to download. Another article follows with the steps of the realization.

François-Xavier Ricardou

An easy-to-build, eye-catching, high-performance sailboat

Who hasn't dreamed of a little wooden sailboat with a beautiful canvas cover? The idea for this project is a child's dream.

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Sailing on a regular basis in "scale 1", we had the idea of having fun by sailing two boats to race in our "spare time". The boats had to meet the following specifications:

  • Easy to transport . Measuring just 50 cm, our MiniX doesn't take up much space in a trunk. However, the keel and mast can be dismantled. If need be, the MiniX can even be included in our vacation luggage.
  • Able to be thrown into the water "out the back of the car" without complicated implementation.
  • No investment that would jeopardize our homes. As this is not a one-off activity, we didn't want to invest in expensive radio controls (our boat's biggest expense). A basic radio control kit is powerful enough to handle "small" sail surfaces.
  • Resembling a sailboat at best, hence the presence of the deckhouse and cockpit. These two elements give a sense of scale without resorting to model-building. Above all, a sailboat must be beautiful. Don't we also sail for the pleasure of our eyes?

Modern construction

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To keep it light (ready to sail , the MiniX weighs just 800 g), the hull is an extruded polystyrene/epoxy resin sandwich (laminated Depron). While this process is not impact-resistant (though...), the structure and sandwich make it very rigid. Together with the deck, the whole thing forms a kind of egg whose strength is astonishing. It's impossible to apply the slightest twist to the hull, despite its lightness (the bare hull weighs just 260 g).

Our yacht has a chine hull. But this doesn't detract from the look, as the chines are largely rounded and, combined with the straight bow, give the illusion of a beautifully shaped hull. When sailing close-hauled, the stern of the MiniX lifts off, limiting drag in the water.

Technical data

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  • Overall length (with rudder): 56 cm
  • Hull length: 51 cm
  • Width: 17.6 cm
  • Draft: 25 cm (but this may change...)
  • Air draft: 92 cm (mast: 86 cm)
  • Operating weight (with sails, servos, batteries and keel ): 800 g
  • Bare hull weight (without servos and keel ): 260 g
  • Weight of ballast: 240 g (but may vary according to draught...)
  • Wing surfaces: Jib= 6 dm² GV= 15 dm²

MiniX drawings

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You can download the plans. They're simple and precise. We made our two boats by printing them on a basic A4 printer. Then we simply assembled the sheets by superimposing them and gluing them (repositionable spray glue ) to Depron. A sharp cutter is all it takes to build the MiniX with precision.

Just one thing: we've put a lot of heart and soul into building this yacht. We'd be delighted if our experience could be put to good use. Don't hesitate, help yourself! But be so kind as to let us know with a little comment. We'd love to hear from you.

Here you can download the first part of the plan in A4 PDF format .

With this you already have the complete boat. Based on the construction photos, there's not much missing to build the whole MiniX. But since we're taking care of you, here are the sail plans too:

  • Mainsail plan

Real sails with webs for their shape.

The construction budget

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MiniX doesn't have to be expensive. We've always tried to find a way of "diverting" objects to make our project a reality. So it's hard to come up with an exact budget. It will be higher for someone who doesn't even own the basic tools , and much lower for someone who does it in the back of his already well-stocked workshop.

  • 6 mm Depron sheet (2 sheets, 125 x 60 cm)
  • Epoxy resin + fillers
  • Glass fabric
  • 4 mm plywood (a small piece for the keel , keel shaft and rudder)
  • Carbon tubes (6 mm for the mast and 4 mm for the booms)
  • GV carbon batten (1/10 mm in kite stores)
  • Remote control servos kit ( first price: ?60)
  • Florist paper for the sails (a good opportunity to give pleasure...)
  • Blenderm (surgical tape), available from chemists, to join the sails. Cut the 20 mm roll in half to double its length.

In the end, we estimate a maximum budget of ?120 per boat (calculated in 2021).

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Because a construction project like MiniX is above all a team project... And in a team it's good to be complementary.

The MiniX project went through a long phase of gestation - reflection - intellectualization - drawings - exchanges - helping hands to get to this stage. Today, it's sailing thanks to this pooling of skills. We hope you'll enjoy this project as much as we have. And we look forward to hearing from you in the comments or on the forum. Enjoy!

Free model boat plans: the MiniX, an easy-to-build radio-controlled sailboat

Footy Plans

Below are several sets of free Footy plans. Our latest addition is the BUG3, a highly successful design from Roger Stollery in the UK. There's also a new version of "Razor" from Bill Hagerup. He claims the "Razor3" is much better than the original "Razor", but I'm leaving the old plans on the website too. Then there's Angus Richardson's "Moonshadow", followed by Mario Stiller's "Papaya III", Bill Hagerup's "Cobra" and Brett McCormack's "Bob About". Some of these designs are relatively simple to build, others are rather complex! (For an even simpler boat, check out visit Wayne Russell's Bottle Yacht web pages (built with a plastic soda bottle!). See also the Articles page for more inspiration. The WoodenBoat store is also carrying Footy plans for two boats now, search for Brando and Presto .

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For those interested in building Ranger, the best source is my article in ModelYachting magazine (Spring 2011, No. 163). The six-page article includes a lot of build pics and very nice drawings done by Jim Linville from my rough originals. The magazine has been distributed to AMYA members, and is available for others from the Ship's Store at Given the difficulty of international mailing, etc., I am posting my originals as requested for those who can't get the magazine. They aren't as pretty, but they are what I build from. Designed displacement is 300 grams. I hope you enjoy the boat.

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Razor3 is a better-handling boat than the original (which is now rather old) and the plans are more complete. I also think the narrower beam makes it easier to build. Razor3 is the boat I sailed to second place in last month's Euro GP in the UK.

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"Since Razor is a few years old, I thought it was time to post a design that reflects my current thinking. This is a set of plans and a couple pics for my Cobra (the prototype for my entry in the Liverpool Challenge in July, 2008.) It's a bit more complex than Razor, but a better performer, too. The plans are to be printed on 8-1/2 by 14 inch paper. The boat is 300 mm long when built to the plan. The other 5 mm is left for you to make a bow piece to round off the nose as in the pics. I'm posting the same plan I used to build my boat, which means the interior layout, electronics, and rig are left to your preference. Interior bulkheads are not required. Please don't email me for more detailed info...there isn't any! You can refer to the many pics on this site for reference on how others have fitted out their boats. Scott Spacie has done extensive testing of this design, and he assures me that it floats. I hope you'll have fun with it."

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I call it Razor. It's intended to be easy to build, so it's a chine design, but I don't think its performance will suffer. I expect it to be a stable boat that is stiff enough to carry more sail than my Halfpint. I built the hull you see in 3 hours. I spray glued the plans to some 1/32 balsa sheet and cut out the panels with a scissors. Then I taped the hull together and superglued the seams. It got a bit tricky at the bow when I glued my fingers to the hull.....but all worked out in the end.

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Frank Russell Design

R/c and model yacht design, plans, boats, sails..

I have been a designer of model and radio yachts since 1968. Boats been built from my plans now number in the hundreds both from both home and production builders. Many of my designs have won State and National Championships in Australia and overseas. New designs are added periodically and occasionally I do receive requests for specific designs. I also from time to time produce free plans.

Most of my older plans Pre 2000 will eventually be available as PDF files of the original large format drawing. The plans are located here:

A more complete list of my designs is here:

Plans are normally drawn on A4 and A3 format. Sections and appendages are normally drawn full size, 1:1. Some fin and bulb drawings are drawn to be printed in two halves and joined after printing. Arrangement drawings are 1:5 and sometimes 1:4.  

Make sure when printing that the “Scaling” or “Fit to Page” option is turned off in your printer setup when you print. I also have the “Print Preview” turned on as well so I can check if the page size is correct. All drawings are in either A4 or A3 size paper.

Each drawing has a 100mm scale which will allow you to see if the drawings are the correct size.

The PDF drawings are usually emailed within a few hours of receiving your order from Paypal by email. DXF and DWG formats are available for most plans. Just ask and they also will be emailed. 

Printed Paper Plans are avialable and are printed from the same plan as the PDF. Please ask before ordering. There is usually an additional postage charge for Printed Paper Plans.


LOA: 938mm LWL: 915mm BOA: 190mm Disp: 5.1kg

PDF Plan emailed or Printed and posted on 6 A4 and A3 sheets

If you require another format: DXF, or DWG, 2D or 3D or printed paper plan, postage extra.

Ellipsis 36 2023 is a 36 inch restricted class designs based on the Ellipsis IOM design. The 36r design was a request from a UK skipper for a lighter version of the 2017 design for both Radio and vane sailing. This design shuld be more suitable for lighter wind smooth water venues than the 2017.

LOA: 938mm LWL: 915mm BOA: 189mm Disp: 4.4kg

Goth 36 2017 is an 36 inch restricted class design based on the Goth IOM design. The original request came from John Fisher in 2013 who wanted a very light 36r for vane sailing. This design is the third design in the series, which has progressively become heavier and more successful.

New Equinox IOM   Plan : The Equinox is a variant of the Ellipsis… IOM.  The basic  design was produced initially as a 3D printed project that never eventuated for various reasons. Two prototypes were built including a 3D printed boat which was built by John Taylor in the UK.  The design incorporates several features of some of the newer IOM shapes including a fuller higher bow profile and wider stern. The design is well balanced and well behaved like the Ellipsis and should be as easy to plank from wood.

Hulls an components for this design are now available. See IOM COMPONENTS Page.

After payment is made. I will email you the pdf file.

Please ask If you require another format: DXF, or DWG, 2D or 3D or printed paper plan, Postage extra.

Phoenix 4 2020 10r Every new design presents a designer with options to consider and directions to go. After a ten year gap from the P3, all 10r’s had adopted the deep keel, light weight approach and although it did seem to work I after the P5 I though that the Phoenix 4 design although fast went in the wrong direction. I always have thought about what I should have done. So this is P4- 2020, with 2020 hindsight is the result.

LOA 1550mm LWL 1250mm BOA 200mm BWL 180mm, 4.2kg ballast on 600mm Draught and P1 to P3, Marblehead style sail plans on a flat deck.

She even drawn in the same software as the original.

After payment is made. I will email you the pdf file. Plan has A3, A4 sheets and a larger sheet with sections deasigned for laser cutting.

Goth 36 is an 36 inch restricted class design based on the Goth IOM design. The original request came from John Fisher in 2013 who wanted a very light 36r for vane sailing. this design is the second in the series, heavier and more successful.   There is also a later 2017 version which will be published soon.

LOA: 938mm LWL: 899mm BOA: 190mm Disp: 4.4kg

If you require another format: DXF, or DWG, 2D or 3D or printed paper plan, just ask.

UFO Mk2 – A development of the successful UFO with a heavier displacement and larger sail plan. Improved aft sections with the chine removed.

LOA: 1838mmLWL: 1250mm Disp: 15kg SA: 0.978763 m2

PDF Plan emailed or Printed and posted on 12 A3 sheets

Phoenix 8 – 10r:  The Phoenix MK 8 is a larger more powerful boat than the last three Phoenix Mks. The P8 is a return to the simple design, No chines, no raised fore deck and Marblehead rig profiles as used from P1 to P3. This allows simpler light weight construction and fully open soft decks and shared rigs if you have a Marblehead.

LOA: 1650 mm LWL: 1240mm, BOA: 170mm, Draught: 630 – 680mm, Disp 5.7kg, SA: 1.00 m2

The Free updated IOM mast and boom schematic along with FRD IOM Setup Guide

FRD IOM Setup Guide Mast and Booms combined Feb 2020

Epsilon RG65 – 65 2019:    This design is based on the successful Ellipsis IOM concept, that of correct volume distribution rather than fashionable features with the emphasis on simplicity and efficiency.

Plans are PDF format or printed paper plan only. 3D hull and 2D bow and stern sections in DXF or DWG format are available on request.

Equation Marblehead 2019:    This design is based on the successful Ellipsis IOM concept, that of correct volume distribution rather than fashionable features with the emphasis on simplicity This design is the result of two Sailing Marblehead prototypes, The Ellipsis 1c and Ellipsis 2a.

Cerberus – 6m Something more of a challenge from a designers and builder’s point of view. A class I have always admired. This is Ceberus, my first published Six Metre design. This is the result of several requests for a design in the class and also a desire on my part build a six Metre for fun sailing locally. There are a couple of boats that will be built in the UK to join the fleet there. This design is intended to excel in moderate winds and will outperform anything of similar size drought and displacement in Australian conditions. Plans are $30 pdf plans from my PLANS page with other formats available. This design may also be available for 3D printing at a later date.

LOA: 1515mm, LWL :1020mm, Displacement: 11.75kg,  SA:0.682019m2


Goth XPRG RG65 for 3D printing:   Deutsch Benoit has completed these drawings for the Goth XP RG  and has kindly made them available for free download from this site. The file is a zipped file containing all the STL files.

Deutche’s Notes: I’m happy to share with you the 3D model in STL designed for small printers ( diam 13mm & 13 mm hight ) Only the bulb fin need to be printed in 2 half. Holes are performed to insert carbon stick. Hope You will enjoy it.

Be free to put  it on you web site ( just insert my name )  if you are happy of my job (  and do not  hesitate to revert if something wrong ).

Printer parameter are : filling 100% for all elements, Hull thickness 1.2mm, Support normally you don’t need. Just glue with cyano. The mast tube is 12mm outside and 10mm diam inside.

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Gothica A class 2017 FREE Click HERE  Gothica A class Plan to download the pdf

GOTH – USOM $FREE Click HERE:  Goth-USOM to Download as pdf

GothiX 10r  –  Ten Rater CLASS YACHT   $FREE  Click HERE:  Gothix-10r to download as pdf

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GOTH RG – RG65 CLASS YACHT $FREE Click HERE: Goth-RG to Download as pdf $FREE  RG65-Sail-Plans

GOTHIC – M   $FREE  Click HERE: Gothic-M-Plan to Download as pdf

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Free Model Boat Plans

Free model boat plans - a compiled list to help you locate free model ship and boat plans for model building - static, scale, rc, power, gas, sailing, steam and submarines..

You can find free model boat plans on the internet. Here is what I've been able to locate so far of decent quality. I've tried really hard to filter out sites that seem suspicious in terms of copyright infringements – I’m trying to hold the standard high.

Free 18th Century Ship Plans from Chapmannet

The Architectura Navalis Mercatoria by Fredrik H. af Chapman is available online for free from the ChapmanNet . The ship plans are superb and is a great reference.

This is probably the best collection of 18th century ship plans anywhere. There is no rigging shown in this book, so you need to find that elsewhere. It should not pose much of a problem, as there are many specialized book on the subject.

The book consists of 62 plates (with a total of 145 ship plans) of 18th century ships, complete with sections and general arrangement views typical of the times.

Considering the value of the plans in this book, its content is great value even if you have to pay for it. Personally, I like to be able to flip through the pages, so I bought one of the many relatively recent editions.

There are a myriad of facsimile editions readily available. Many can be purchased through my Architectura Navalis Mercatoria page.

Free Ship Plans from

Orlogsbasen is a searchable, online ship plan database provided by the Danish National Archives and the Royal Danish Naval Museum. The subjects are original plans in the archives from the age of sail of Danish, Swedish, English and French ships - mostly from the 17th through 19th century. The database also contains photographs of period ship models that the involved institutions possess. The database is under construction.

Free Model Boat Plans from Czech

The Czech MoNaKo is also a hobby and model builder’s magazine. They offer three pages of plans – only two of which are currently accessible. The quality of the plans offered varies, so study them carefully and do your own due diligence.

The subjects range from battleships, destroyers, cruisers, submarines, sail boats, motorboats, tugs etc. Some show construction details, while others seem to be missing pages, some are clearly intended for RC, and it’s all in Czech. Enjoy!


Free Model PT Boat Plans from

If you want to build a planing hull scale model, consider a PT boat. The acronym stands for Patrol Torpedo and it was the US answer to what is otherwise known as a motor torpedo boat.

For plans and everything you need to know to build a model of one of these, go to

Free German Warship Plans from

The Dreadnought Project offers 300dpi scans of original plans from German warships from the Imperial era to WW2. Most are oddball ships that most have never heard of. The plans can be a single sheet to several deck layout, profiles and cross sections. To my knowledge, there are no lines plans. Nevertheless, an extremely valuable resource if this is your field of interest.

French Warship Plans from the French Department of Defense

I was never under the impression that the French Government was all that helpful to its citizens until I stumbled upon this website.

I've found two directories of plans useful to model ship builders:

  • Wooden warships, mostly French but also some foreign nations.
  • Iron and steel warships, late 19th century, both world wars, cold war etc.

The plan sets are not always complete, but most provide more than you'd expect for model boat building. They offer plans for all kinds of ships, such as Ships-of-the-line, Frigates, Battleships, Cruisers, Destroyers, Submarines, Carriers and Torpedo boats. Some surprises include tugs, minesweepers, landing crafts, steam frigates etc. The site as well as plans are in French, so be warned.

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How detailed are your plans? Can you email me one page showing it?

You can download the plans directly from the website. Go to the page of plans you want, and left-click on the plan image to open the image file. Then right-click on the image and choose “save image as” to download it to your computer. The plans can be opened with any image-editing or preview software. Save it to a removable drive and you can take the drive to a local copy shop to be printed on their large-format printer.

Do you accept donated paper plans? I may thin out my collection.

Send us a message on our contact page, we’re always looking for submissions!

WAGB -10 or WAGB-11 Looking for plans. Can anyone help? Thx

I have a set of some 200+ plans for WAGB-10, what are you looking for?

I am looking for drawings of below main deck layouts of 1700-1800 “Man of War” ships. Do you have any?

Check out our page on the French Man of War Montebello It has several views of the below decks.

does anyone know where I could get plans for a VLCC oil tanker /?

I have some GA plans for some tankers, what are you looking for?

I am looking for the typical or average hull ratios: beam/lenght, beam/keel, beam/depth, beam/draught, tonnage, displacement, and burthen of the various types of Ships during the age of sail. Any recomendations?

One of the best experts on the subject was Howard Chapelle. He probably answers the question in one of his many books on sailing ships.

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A Voyage through RC Boat History

Since the earliest days of humankind, water vessels have captivated our imaginations. But in the last century, the thrill of sailing transitioned from vast open oceans to the comforts of our backyards with the evolution of Radio-Controlled (RC) boats . This shift marks an intriguing juncture in our maritime journey. Let’s embark on a voyage through the rich history of RC boats.

  • The Dawn of Radio Control: Before RC boats could set sail, radio control technology needed to be invented and refined. The early 20th century saw the emergence of basic remote-controlled devices. As technology advanced post World War II, the application of radio control in hobbyist models began to gain traction.
  • The 1950s – Birth of a Hobby:  By the 1950s, the basic principles of radio control were established, allowing enthusiasts to construct their transmitters, receivers, and servos. During this era, the first hobby-grade RC boats started to appear. These early models, often handcrafted from wood or metal, were powered by rudimentary electric or gas engines.
  • The 1970s – Commercial Rise: With technological advancements and increasing interest, the 1970s marked a boom in the commercial availability of RC boats. Companies started producing ready-to-run models, kits, and accessories, making it easier for hobbyists to dive into RC boating.
  • The 1980s and 90s The Golden Age: With the miniaturization of electronics and improvements in battery technology, the late 20th century was truly the golden age of RC boating. Boats became faster, more durable and even began to mimic real-life counterparts with astonishing accuracy. Racing competitions became popular, further fuelling the growth and innovation in the industry.
  • 21st Century – Technological Renaissance: The turn of the century saw increased RC boat diversity. There was an RC model for every maritime enthusiast, from jet boats to sailboats, submarines to hovercrafts. Digital technology allowed for more precise controls, brushless motors offered greater power, and lithium batteries extended run times. Moreover, the advent of 3D printing has given hobbyists the freedom to craft custom parts, further pushing the boundaries of design and functionality.
  • Today – A Community Afloat: RC boating is more than just a hobby—it’s a thriving community. Online forums, social media groups, and real-world meet-ups provide enthusiasts platforms to share designs and trade tips and celebrate the joy of sailing on a miniature scale.

In conclusion, the journey of RC boats mirrors the journey of human innovation. From humble beginnings to today’s sophisticated models, RC boats are a testament to our enduring fascination with water and our relentless pursuit of technological progress. As we look to the future, one can only imagine where the tides of innovation will take this beloved hobby next.

Crafting Your RC Boat: Beyond the Purchase

There’s an unmistakable charm in holding a sleek, miniature boat, knowing that you’ve created it. While the market is brimming with ready-to-sail RC boats , crafting your own has a deeper allure. Building an RC boat isn’t just about assembling parts; it’s about imprinting yourself in the creation. Let’s craft an RC boat, moving beyond just purchasing one off the shelf.

  • The Thrill of Personal Touch: When you craft your RC boat, every curve, every paint stroke, and every tiny detail becomes an extension of your personality. It’s not merely an object; it’s a testament to your vision, patience, and craftsmanship. Manufacturers’ designs or color schemes do not limit you. Your boat, your rules.
  • The Learning Curve: Beyond the allure of customization lies the rewarding challenge of the build. Understanding buoyancy dynamics, propulsion systems’ intricacies, or weight distribution nuances offers a hands-on educational experience. Every challenge faced and overcome adds to your repertoire of skills and knowledge.
  • Economics of DIY: While investing in tools and materials might seem costly upfront compared to a ready-to-run model, DIY can be more economical in the long run. With the know-how, repairs, upgrades, or even fleet building becomes significantly cheaper.
  • Unraveling Creativity: Crafting your boat gives you the canvas to experiment. Want a hybrid of a speedboat and a yacht? Or perhaps a unique paint job that’s never been seen before? When you’re the builder, the only limit is your imagination.
  • Sustainability and Upcycling: DIY allows for sustainable choices. Old materials can find new life in your creations. That discarded piece of wood? It could be your boat’s deck. An old plastic container? It’s your boat’s hull waiting to be shaped.
  • Emotional Bonding: The bond you share with something you’ve created from scratch is unparalleled. Every trial and error, every success and setback in the building process, weaves a unique story. The result is not just a boat; it’s a chronicle of your journey.
  • Community Engagement: Building your RC boat opens doors to a vibrant community of like-minded enthusiasts. Sharing build logs, seeking advice, and showcasing your creation fosters connections, camaraderie, and collective growth.

While buying an RC boat offers instant gratification, building one provides a deeper, more enriching experience. It’s an endeavor that transcends the act of mere assembly. Crafting your RC boat is about embracing challenges, exploring creativity, and ultimately, basking in the unparalleled satisfaction of watching your vision come to life on the water. So, are you ready to set sail on this crafting adventure?

The Role of a Detailed Plan

A dream without a plan is just a wish. Understand the importance of a meticulous RC boat plan that serves as a roadmap, guiding hobbyists through every twist and turn of the boat-building journey, ensuring a masterpiece upon completion.

Understanding the Basics of RC Boats

Every journey begins with understanding the basics, and the world of RC boats is no different. Before delving into the complexities of RC boat plans , it’s essential to grasp what makes these miniature marvels tick.

The Essence of an RC Boat

Radio Controlled boats are more than just toys; they are a culmination of engineering, design, and passion. These miniature boats operated remotely offer hobbyists a chance to sail, race, and even perform stunts on water surfaces without actually being on the boat.

Core Components: From Hull to Rudder

The beauty of an RC boat lies in its components, each playing a pivotal role:

  • Hull: The boat’s body design can vary based on the boat type, affecting its speed, stability, and overall performance.
  • Motor: The heart of the RC boat. Depending on the model, it could be electric, nitro-powered, or gas-powered.
  • Rudder: This steering device helps in navigating the boat. Positioned at the boat’s stern, it directs the water flow, guiding the boat’s direction.
  • Propeller: Transforms the motor’s power into thrust, propelling the boat forward.
  • Radio Transmitter and Receiver: The primary tools for communication. The transmitter sends signals, which the receiver on the boat catches, leading to action.
  • Battery: Powers the motor and other electronic components. It determines the boat’s runtime.

Charting Different Waters: Types of RC Boat Plans

Just as in the real world, RC boats come in a variety of designs, each tailored for specific activities:

  • Sailboats: Powered primarily by sails, they require a deep understanding of wind patterns.
  • Racing Boats: Built for speed. They boast streamlined designs and powerful motors.
  • Scale Boats: Miniature replicas of real-world boats, focusing on intricate details and aesthetics.
  • Submarines: Yes, there are RC submarines too! Designed to dive and resurface, offering a unique experience.
  • Tug Boats: Strong and sturdy, often used for pulling or pushing other boats.

By understanding these basics, you’re not just one step closer to building your own RC boat but also appreciating the intricate marvels of these miniature vessels.

Why Choose DIY RC Boat Plans?

While there’s no shortage of ready-to-sail RC boats on the market, the allure of crafting one from scratch is an unmatched experience. Let’s examine why   boat plans  are an irresistible choice for enthusiasts.

Crafting with Passion and Precision

Building an RC boat from a plan is not just assembling parts; it’s an artistic endeavor. It’s about:

  • Involvement: Every cut, every screw, every adjustment—you’re involved in each step, understanding the nuances and intricacies of your boat.
  • Learning Curve: With each challenge you face and overcome, you learn. Be it understanding materials, aerodynamics, or electronics, the learning never stops.
  • Satisfaction: The sense of accomplishment when your handcrafted boat first hits the water is unparalleled. It’s a testament to your dedication and hard work.

The Uniqueness of Customization

When you choose a DIY approach:

  • Personal Touch: Your boat will never be just another model. From color choices to design tweaks, it’ll reflect your personality.
  • Modifications: Want a faster motor? A sleeker design? With DIY, you’re the master of modifications, not restricted by pre-made designs.
  • Innovations: As you grow as a hobbyist, you can incorporate new technologies or features, making your boat a continuous creation project.

Saving Bucks: DIY vs. Pre-made Models

Beyond the passion and customization, there’s a practical advantage:

  • Cost-Effective: Building from scratch can be more wallet-friendly. You decide where to splurge and where to save.
  • Maintenance: Understanding your boat inside-out means you’re better equipped to handle repairs, potentially saving on maintenance costs.
  • Upgrade Path: Instead of buying a new model for an upgrade, you can make incremental changes to your boat, spreading out costs and getting what you want.

In closing, choosing a DIY RC boat plan isn’t just about building a boat; it’s about creating an experience, memories, and skills that last a lifetime.

Essential Tools and Materials for Your RC Boat Blueprint

Crafting an RC boat from a blueprint isn’t just an exercise in creativity; it requires a precise set of tools and the right materials. Let’s break down what you’ll need to make your dream RC boat a reality.

Assembling Your Toolkit: Must-haves for Hobbyists

Before you embark on your boat-building journey, ensure you have these tools at your disposal:

  • Cutting Tools: Precision knives, saws, and scissors are essential for detailed cuts.
  • Measuring Tools: Rulers, calipers, and protractors to ensure exact dimensions.
  • Soldering Kit : For connecting electronic components securely.
  • Sandpaper : Different grits for smoothing surfaces.
  • Clamps and Vices : To hold components securely during assembly or drying.
  • Glues and Adhesives : Wood glue, epoxy, and super glue cater to bonding needs.
  • Screwdrivers and Pliers : For those tiny screws and intricate fittings.
  • Paint Brushes and Sprayers : For that impeccable finish.

Wood vs. Plastic: What Suits Your Vision?

The primary material you choose will define your boat’s aesthetics, performance, and durability:

  • Pros: Offers a classic, authentic look. It’s also easy to shape and modify.
  • Cons: Requires more maintenance to prevent water damage.
  • Popular Choices: Balsa, plywood, and mahogany are among the favorites.
  • Pros: Durable and resistant to water damage. Lightweight and versatile.
  • Cons: It might lack the “authentic” feel of wood.
  • Types: ABS plastic and polystyrene are commonly used.

Powering Your Craft: Motors and Electronics

The heart and brain of your RC boat:

  • Motors: Choose based on desired speed and performance.
  • Electric: Quiet and efficient, great for general use.
  • Nitro: High-speed performance but requires fuel.
  • Gas: Suitable for larger models, offers extended run time.
  • Batteries: Capacity and type determine run time. LiPo batteries are famous for their power-to-weight ratio.
  • Radio System: Consists of a transmitter (the remote) and a receiver (on the boat). Ensure they’re compatible.
  • Servos: These convert radio signals into motion, controlling rudders and sails.

Safety First: Gearing Up Right

Safety is paramount, both during the building process and while sailing:

  • Goggles: Protect your eyes from flying debris.
  • Gloves: Safeguard against cuts and chemical exposures.
  • Ventilation: When using adhesives or paint, ensure good airflow.
  • Fire Safety: Especially important when soldering or working with electronics.
  • First Aid Kit: For any minor injuries during the crafting process.
  • Water Safety: Always retrieve your boat safely. Consider a retrieval boat or a fishing line.

Remember, while the right tools and materials are pivotal, your passion and commitment are crucial in building an RC boat. 

Dive into Popular RC Boat Plans for Hobbyists

Whether you’re just starting or have spent years mastering the art, an RC boat plan is tailored for you. Let’s explore options based on skill level, ensuring every hobbyist finds their perfect match.

Plans Tailored to Your Expertise

It’s essential to choose a plan that aligns with your expertise. Doing so not only ensures a smoother building process but also helps in mastering skills progressively.

Setting Sail: Beginner-Friendly Designs

Just dipping your toes in the RC boat world ? Here are designs tailored for newcomers:

  • Simple Tugboats: Their sturdy design makes them forgiving for novices. They focus more on buoyancy and balance rather than speed.
  • Basic Sailboats: Have a sail, a rudder, and a hull. These help beginners understand wind dynamics without the complexities of motors.
  • Monohull Speedboats: While speed might be in the name, beginner versions are more about straight-line stability than breaking records.

Tip: Look for plans that prioritize minimal parts and straightforward assembly instructions.

Navigating Deeper Waters: Intermediate Plans

Once you’ve got the basics down, it’s time to challenge yourself a bit:

  • Dual-Hull Catamarans: With two hulls, these boats offer better stability at higher speeds—a balance between complexity and performance.
  • Scale Models: Replicas of real-world boats. While they might be simple in mechanics, the attention to detail can be a fun challenge.
  • Nitro-powered Speedboats: Introducing a nitro engine adds complexity in both assembly and maintenance, perfect for hobbyists looking to level up.

Tip: At this stage, focus on plans that offer customization options, allowing you to tweak based on personal preferences.

The Captain’s Challenge: Advanced Blueprints

For those who’ve conquered the seas and are looking for their next big challenge:

  • Detailed Warships: Not only do these require intricate detailing, but they also incorporate advanced features like firing cannons or rotating turrets.
  • Submarines: The challenge here is not just in the build but also in mastering buoyancy and underwater navigation.
  • Hydroplane Racers: These boats sit atop the water, making their dynamics and balance a real test for builders.

Tip: Advanced plans often assume a certain level of expertise.  Ensure you’re comfortable with terminology and techniques before diving in.

Choosing the right plan is crucial, but remember, the journey of building an RC boat is as rewarding as the destination. So, pick a blueprint that excites you and set sail on your boat-building adventure!


Step-by-Step Guide to Building Your Dream RC Boat

Building your RC boat is a journey; like all great journeys, it requires a roadmap. Here’s your step-by-step guide to ensure smooth sailing from start to finish.

Deciphering Your RC Boat Plan

Every great build starts with understanding the blueprint.

  • Study the Plan: Before anything else, familiarize yourself with the overall design, components, and terminology.
  • List Materials and Tools: List all materials you’ll need based on the plan. Ensure you also have the right tools.
  • Understand the Sequence: Some plans have a specific sequence for better efficiency. It’s always good to follow the recommended order.

Crafting the Perfect Hull

It’s crucial to get this part right.

  • Select Your Material: Be it wood or plastic, ensure it aligns with your vision and the boat’s purpose.
  • Cutting and Shaping: Using the dimensions from your plan, begin cutting out the hull shape. Sand down edges for a smooth finish.
  • Assembling the Hull: If your boat has multiple hull pieces, now’s the time to assemble. Use clamps to hold parts together while the adhesive dries.
  • Reinforcing: Depending on the design, you might need to support the hull with internal ribs or bulkheads for added strength.

Power Dynamics: Motor and Electronics Installation

Your boat’s heart and brain come to life in this step.

  • Selecting a Motor : Choose based on your boat’s size and desired speed. Electric motors are standard, but nitro and gas are options for speed enthusiasts.
  • Mounting the Motor : Securely attach the motor to the hull, ensuring it aligns perfectly with the propeller’s location.
  • Installing the Electronics : Place the receiver, ensuring it’s well-protected from water. Connect it to the motor and, if applicable, to the rudder servo.
  • Testing : Before sealing everything up, run a quick test. Ensure the motor runs smoothly and that the rudder responds to the transmitter.

The Final Touch: Paint and Finish

It is where your boat truly comes to life aesthetically.

  • Priming: Before painting, apply a primer. It ensures better paint adherence and offers additional protection to the hull.
  • Painting: Choose paints suitable for your material. Consider using bright colors for visibility. Multiple thin coats often work best.
  • Decorative Details: If you’re creating a scale model or want added flair, now’s the time to add decals or any other decorative details.
  • Sealing: Once everything’s dry, apply a sealant to protect against water and UV damage. It enhances durability and ensures longevity.

With these steps, your dream RC boat should be ready to make waves. Remember, patience and precision are essential.

The success of your RC boat build lies not only in the core steps of the process but also in the finer details and approaches you adopt. Here are some tips to ensure your blueprint turns into a successful RC boat.

Tips to Ensure Your RC Boat Blueprint’s Success

While passion drives the creation of your RC boat, a few guiding principles can make the difference between a good boat and a great one.

Precision and Patience: Keys to Perfection

The meticulousness you put into your project defines its outcome:

  • Double Check Measurements: Always measure twice and cut once. This age-old adage holds especially true for intricate builds like RC boats.
  • Avoid Rushing: While eagerness to see the finished product is natural, rushing can lead to mistakes. Take your time, especially during crucial steps like gluing or electronics installation.
  • Invest in Quality Tools: Quality tools lead to quality work. Ensure your tools are sharp, clean, and well-maintained.
  • Seek Feedback: If you’re part of an RC hobbyist community, don’t hesitate to share your progress and ask for feedback. Fresh eyes can spot potential issues.

Testing the Waters: Functional and Buoyant Checks

Before you officially launch, a few tests can prevent potential mishaps:

  • Dry Run:  Test all electronics outside of the water first. Ensure motors run and that the rudder responds to commands.
  • Buoyancy Test:  Place the boat in shallow water to check its buoyancy. Ensure there are no leaks and it sits on the water as intended.
  • Control Range Test: With your boat in water, test the range of your transmitter. Ensure you maintain control even at farther distances.
  • Safety Check: Especially for speedboats, ensure all components are firmly attached, and there’s no risk of parts coming loose during operation.

Long Journeys: Maintenance for Longevity

Your boat’s lifespan depends on the care it receives:

  • Regular Cleaning: After each use, clean your boat. Remove any debris, especially from the propeller and rudder.
  • Dry Thoroughly: Ensure your boat is dry before storage to prevent mold or structural damage.
  • Battery Care: If using rechargeable batteries, store them partially charged. Avoid over-discharging, and check for damage regularly.
  • Inspect and Repair: Inspect your boat for damage, especially after accidents. Address any issues promptly.
  • Update Components: As technology advances, consider updating parts of your boat, like the motor or radio system, for enhanced performance.

By following these tips and keeping a meticulous approach, your RC boat blueprint will come to life and sail smoothly for years. Enjoy the journey and the destination!

RC boat building can be as much about navigating through challenges as it is about the joy of the finished product. Let’s delve into some common issues hobbyists face and how to address them:

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Navigating Challenges in RC Boat Building

Every project has its fair share of hurdles. Recognizing potential pitfalls and knowing how to overcome them can make your boat-building journey smoother.

Common Hiccups and Their Solutions

  • Warped Materials: Especially with wood, warping can occur by storing materials flat and in a controlled environment. Gentle bending or weighting can help straighten things if you encounter minor distortion.
  • Drying Delays: Sometimes, adhesives or paints take longer to dry. Always check manufacturer recommendations and be patient. If in a humid environment, consider using a dehumidifier.
  • Electronics Failure: Always test electronics before integrating. Ensure there’s no water infiltration and connections are secure.

Mistakes in Plan Interpretation and Corrections

  • Misreading Dimensions: Double-check all measurements against the plan before making cuts. If a piece is cut wrong, it’s often best to replace it rather than try to adapt it.
  • Incorrect Sequence : If you realize you’ve missed a step or done things out of order, evaluate if it’s possible to revert. Sometimes, working backward can resolve the error without starting over.
  • Overlooking Details: Always cross off steps as you go. If a detail needs to be included, see if it can be added later without disrupting the already-completed work.

Overcoming Assembly Bottlenecks

  • Alignment Issues : If elements don’t align, check for warping or mistakes in cuts.
  • Component Integration: Commercial components (like motors) may sometimes need a better fit. Consider slight modifications, but ensure you don’t compromise the component’s function.
  • Difficulty in Securing Parts: Use clamps or weights to hold pieces in place as glues dry. Always ensure the workspace is level.

Troubleshooting 101: Addressing RC Boat Glitches

  • Boat Doesn’t Respond: First, check the transmitter’s battery. Then, ensure the boat’s battery is charged, and connections are secure.
  • Motor Runs but Boat Doesn’t Move:  Check the connection between the motor and propeller. Ensure there’s no debris caught in the propeller.
  • Boat Lists or Sinks: Check for water in the hull. If there’s a leak, dry the boat and identify the source. Seal any gaps or holes.
  • Loss of Signal at Short Distance: Ensure the receiver’s antenna isn’t damaged or submerged. Sometimes, interference from other electronics can be the culprit.

Remember, every challenge offers a learning opportunity. By methodically troubleshooting issues and seeking advice when needed, you’ll have a functional RC boat and gain a wealth of experience to apply in future projects. 

Building an RC boat is much more than just following instructions—it’s an artistic endeavor that marries precision, patience, and passion. Like every journey, it’s marked by challenges and joys. So, as we dock at the conclusion harbor, let’s reflect on what we’ve explored.

The Harbor of Satisfaction: Reflecting on Your Build

Completing an RC boat is an achievement that mirrors the countless hours spent refining, understanding, and creating. Your finished boat is a testament to your craftsmanship and your learning journey. Mistakes made along the way have transformed into invaluable lessons, and triumphs have become cherished memories.

Every time your boat slices through the water, it’s not just propelling forward; it’s carrying the weight of your dedication, echoing your problem-solving grit, and reflecting the beauty of your vision. It’s a piece of art, a science project, and a toy; all melded into one.

The Ever-evolving World of RC Boat Plans

The world of RC boats is ever-dynamic. With advancing technology and evolving design philosophies, new plans and models continually emerge, offering hobbyists endless avenues to explore. It ensures that the world of RC boat building remains fresh, exciting, and continuously challenging.

Whether you’re a beginner setting sail on your first project or a seasoned hobbyist who’s navigated many waters, there’s always a new horizon waiting. And with every new plan comes a fresh wave of learning, creativity, and satisfaction.

In essence, RC boat building is a confluence of art, science, and emotion. It’s not just about the destination but also the journey. As you stand at the shore, watching your creation glide seamlessly, remember it’s not just the boat that’s set sail but also a piece of your heart. Here’s to many more builds, many more sails, and many more stories! Safe and happy sailing!

Join Our Fleet of Passionate Boat Builders!

Your boat-building journey doesn’t have to end here. The most beautiful part of this hobby is the community we build around it. So, why sail solo when we can navigate the waters together?

  • Share Your Blueprints : Have an RC boat plan that you’re proud of? A unique design or an innovative approach? Please share it with us! We’d love to see the diverse range of creative genius our readers bring.
  • Chronicle Your Experiences: Whether it’s a challenging hiccup you overcame or a triumphant first sail, your stories can inspire, educate, and entertain fellow hobbyists.
  • Personal Hacks and Tips: Discovered a shortcut? Found a unique material or method? Please share your hacks, and let’s all benefit from collective wisdom.

Engage, Discuss, Connect

The true essence of any hobby lies in its community. Let’s spark discussions, ask questions, seek advice, and celebrate achievements. Whether you’re an RC boat rookie or a seasoned sailor, your insights and inquiries add value.

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17 Homemade RC Boat Plans You Can DIY Easily

17 Homemade RC Boat Plans You Can DIY Easily

DIYing an RC boat can seem a bit scary at first, especially if you’re a DIY noob. But if you have a proper plan, tutorial, and a basic grasp on electronics, building an RC boat is a great DIY fun project for weekends.

Be it for making your kids happy or pleasing your inner boat-fanatic child, here we’ve collected 17 best DIY RC boat ideas available on the internet for you. From a simple foam RC boat to an impressive supply boat, we’ve covered it all! Let’s begin!

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No chitter-chatters; straightforward to the tutorial! All the supplies of this video tutorial by KendinYap are mentioned in the description box, and all the dimensions are clearly displayed in the video itself.

With proper tools and supplies, even a beginner can follow along with this tutorial. The comment section is filled with encouraging adjectives ‘nice’, ‘great’, ‘awesome’, ‘cool’, and so on. Make sure you check this tutorial out. You won’t regret it!

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Francisco Molliner from Instructables guides you through the process of building an RC boat in 19 steps in this blog post. The downloadable plan for the DIY project is listed in section 1, and all the materials you need are listed in section 2 of the post.

Not only has the blogger elaborated all the steps, but he also has shared several great tips throughout the blog.

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Replicate the RC boat design by Make Your OWN Creation in order to DIY a fantastic RC boat for yourself. All the supplies and purchase links to them are mentioned in the description box.

If you plan on going forward with this tutorial, make sure to check the comment section as it is filled with positive feedback. For instance, Neil Crompton proposes that the boat would go faster if the air outlet is angled so that it is fully submerged in water.

A Guide on How to Make Your Own RC Boat

If you have never built an RC boat before, this post by 3DINSIDER is a must-read! You’ll find out RC boat types, designs, and power source options in this post.

What’s more, if you’re conflicted between buying a kit and building your RC boat from scratch., this post might help you get a better idea of which route you should take.

For your ease, they’ve rated several RC boat kits in this post and have given you a brief outline on how to build your first RC boat.

In this first part of the tutorial video by IRONCLAD RC, the Youtuber demonstrates to you how to install stuffing tubes, struts, rudder, motor mount, brushless motor, battery, and the mini servo.

Likewise, the second part of the DIY series includes a sponson setup, ride pad, adjustment, final fit, and finish of the mini FRP outrigger .

How To Make A Homemade Remote Control Boat

DIYs such as building an RC boat is quite complex if you’re a complete beginner in building such a project. We’re sure plenty of questions is roaming your head. For instance, how does an RC boat work? Can you convert an RC car into an RC boat?

Well, to your rescue, you can find all your answers in this post by SeniorCare2Share. Though this is not a step-by-step tutorial on how to build an RC boat , we’re certain that this blog will come in handy.

Unfortunately, this tutorial video on building a big RC Boat by CRAZY DIY is in Thai. So, only watch this tutorial if you aren’t a complete beginner and can get the hint of what the Youtuber is doing without having to explain everything.

How To Make A RC Boat Trailer [5 Easy Steps]

Cecil Webb from RC HOBBY TIPS instructs you on how to build an RC boat trailer in 5 easy steps. He has listed all the materials and tools you will need for the project at the beginning of the post.

In the first section, he guides his viewers on making the base, followed by making a supporting front for the boat.

Then, it’s time to make fenders for the tires, make some suspension and axles, and finally finish the DIY. What’s more, there are some FAQs at the end of the post. Your queries are most probably answered there!

Learn how to make a fantastic RC yacht in this video tutorial by Julius Perdena. The DIY yacht is 63 inches in length and 11 inches in width and powered by Inrunner brushless motor with a 50A boat ESC.

You can find all the supplies, dimensions, and electronics necessary for this project listed in the description box.

How to Make an RC Boat Out of an RC Car A Step-by-Step Guide

If you are bored of your RC car and are planning to convert it into an RC boat, we’ve got something for you as well! In this blog by Race N’ RCs, you’ll be guided in detail on how you can disassemble your RC car and convert it into a fabulous RC boat.

In this DIY, all you have to do is modify the battery box, DIY a styrofoam base for the RC boat, create propellers, and assemble the parts.

Do you have an old and unused RC car receiver and remote control? If yes, we’ve found the perfect DIY for you! In this video tutorial by DIY ACTIVE, the Youtuber utilizes the parts from his old RC car and a phone battery and DIYs a fantastic boat using foam.

Once you have all the supplies you need at your disposal, the tutorial is quite easy to follow along. If you’re a DIY fanatic, DIY ACTIVE has many more interesting projects for you!

Build a Simple RC Boat Hull

Are you planning to build your RC boat from scratch? If yes, Building Model Boats has got you covered! Download the plan shared with you at the beginning of the blog and replicate the directions as closely as possible to DIY a fabulous RC boat for yourself.

This is the first part of the RC boat build. If you find the project interesting, here’s Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 of the project.

Do you want to build a high-quality fast-moving RC boat? Well, if yes, KendinYap has just the tutorial for you!

All the supplies and their purchase links are mentioned in the description box. In the video, each and every step is demonstrated in great detail. It is a fantastic tutorial for beginners!

How to make an RC Boat with Brushed DC Motor Introduction

Learn how to build an RC boat propelled by a DC motor in this post by Arnab Kumar Das. The blogger has used a PVC board to DIY the boat structure and three Li-Ion 18650 cells as the power source. You can find the downloadable plan at the beginning of the blog.

All the steps are elaborated in detail using demonstrative images. Even if you’re a beginner, you will definitely be able to follow along.

If you’re into fishing, you’d absolutely love to build a bait RC boat, wouldn’t you? Luckily, Creative Channel instructs you how to.

This DIY uses 5mm plywood, DC reducer motors, a transmitter, electric wires, and a few other tools and supplies. What’s more, this tutorial is straightforward and easy to follow.

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As the title suggests, this blog by Circuit Digest instructs you on building an Arduino RC boat controlled by 433 MHz RF modules.

Looking at the plan and instructions, it seems like you need to have a little grasp on electronics and programming if you want to complete this DIY successfully.

The step-by-step instructions are accompanied by demonstrative and illustrative figures for your convenience. Also, don’t forget to check out the testing and explanation video at the end of the blog.

If you want to build a slightly bigger RC supply boat , Erland Wingar-Elnes demonstrates the process in this video. From the build to the design, everything about this RC ship is stunning.

If you want to replicate this supply boat DIY, here’s Part 2, where the Youtuber tests the boat in the water.

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My nephew and I had been wanting to build a remote control boat for a while. We finally got around to it one weekend, and it was a lot of fun.

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We started by choosing the right boat. We wanted something small and easy to control, so we went with a basic monohull design. We also chose an electric motor, since they’re less powerful but easier to use and maintain.

The next step was to choose the right battery. We went with a sealed lead acid battery, since they’re cheap but have shorter run times.

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Once we had the boat assembled, we took it out for a test run on our local lake. The boat performed well, and my nephew had a blast steering it around.

We’ll definitely be going out again soon to enjoy some more time on the water.

Making remote control boats is a fun and rewarding hobby. The boat and its remote controls can be quickly built as a single project. This DIY project can be done by almost all people, even those that do not have any building experience.

To turn this project into something extraordinary, the internals of the watercraft need to be mechanically designed and built with care to ensure durability.

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If you’re thinking of making a remote control boat, there are a few things you need to consider. The first is the size of the boat. You’ll need to take into account the dimensions of your pond or lake, as well as the wind conditions. If you’re going to be sailing in open water, you’ll need a larger boat that can handle choppy conditions.

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The second factor is the type of motor. There are two main types of motors for remote control boats: electric and gasoline. Gasoline motors are more powerful, but they’re also more expensive and require more maintenance. Electric motors are less powerful but easier to use and maintain. 

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The third factor is the type of battery. Again, there are two main types: sealed lead acid (SLA) and lithium ion (Li-ion). SLA batteries are cheaper but have shorter run times, while Li-ion batteries are more expensive but have longer run times. When choosing a battery, you’ll need to take into account how long you want to be able to run your boat for.

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Finally, you need to consider the type of controller you’ll use. There are two main types: radio controlled (RC) and infrared (IR). RC controllers use radio waves to communicate with the boat, while IR controllers use infrared light. IR controllers are typically cheaper, but they have shorter range than RC controllers.

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Radio-controlled (RC) boats are a fun and exciting hobby for people of all ages. Whether you’re interested in racing or simply exploring the waterways, there’s an RC boat out there that’s perfect for you. But with so many different types and models to choose from, how do you know which one is right for your needs?

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One of the most important things to consider is the size of the boat. RC boats come in a variety of sizes, from small bathtub toys to full-sized racing hulls. If you’re just starting out, it’s probably best to choose a smaller boat that you can easily control. As you become more experienced, you can move up to larger boats with more powerful motors.

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Another important factor to consider is the type of hull. The two most common hull types are monohulls and catamarans. Monohulls are traditional boats with a single hull, while catamarans have two separate hulls connected by a platform. Catamarans are generally faster and more stable than monohulls, making them ideal for racing. However, they can be more difficult to control, so they may not be the best choice for beginners.

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When choosing an RC boat, it’s important to think about what you want to use it for. Are you interested in racing? Or do you simply want to cruise around your local lake? Once you know how you want to use your RC boat, it will be much easier to narrow down your choices and find the perfect one for your needs.

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RC boats are a great way to have fun on the water. Whether you’re racing against friends or just exploring your local lake, these little boats can provide hours of enjoyment. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your RC boat:

Choose the right boat. There are a variety of RC boats on the market, from simple dinghies to high-speed racers. Pick one that suits your needs and Preferences.

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Get familiar with the controls. Before you take your boat out on the water, make sure you understand how to operate the controls. This will help you avoid collisions and other accidents.

Practice makes perfect. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your boat in different conditions. The more you practice, the better you’ll become at handling it.

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4. Have fun! Ultimately, that’s what RC boating is all about. So relax and enjoy yourself!

How to make a remote control boat

1. design and prepare the shape of the boat.

Design and prepare the shape of your boat. The design needs to be planned before any building can take place. Deciding on the design early can ensure that it will be built correctly. Work on a plan for at least one week to get your ideas together.

The simplest way to design the design is to draw on paper using pencils or markers. A more professional method would use Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software which can help with the design process.

2. Design the electronics

Now that the boat’s shape is done, it is time to design the electronics. Please list all your components and decide the best way to put them together. Remember, this task does not have to be complicated and can be completed with ease by following these easy steps:

3) Design & install the onboard controls

Now that you have designed your electronics, it is time to work on the onboard controls. Again, design your electronics to serve the purpose that you want them to.

4) Assemble the electronics for testing and troubleshooting.

Once you have designed all of your electronics, it’s time to sell them together so you can test them before you do any soldering on the boat itself. This step is essential to prevent unexpected problems while building the boat itself.

5) Assemble and install electronics into the boat hull.

Before wiring can be done inside the boat, the electrical tape should be wrapped around all exposed wire connections. This keeps wires from shorting out because they are touching each other while assembled in the boat’s hull.

6) Wire the electronics to their respective locations.

Now that the electronics have been assembled, connected, and wrapped in electrical tape, it is time to wire them into the boat. Begin wiring by starting with a power source of some sort, typically a battery pack. These are easily installed later, so do not worry if your boat will not have one.

7) Assemble the motor, wiring, and electronics onto the boat hull.

Next, it is time to assemble the motor and wiring onto the boat. This is a simple process. The size of your boat will determine how difficult this will be for you. Use your hands to firmly push the motor into place with the wires running through it to ensure that it does not fall off during this process or any after-step.

8) Install float switch and ignition circuit.

The next step is to install the float switch and ignition circuit. The float switch should be placed on top of the motor, as seen in the picture, so that a slight current can pass through it from one side to the other.

9) Install steering controls and electronics onto the boat hull.

It is time to install the steering controls and electronics onto the boat. This step is not a complicated process but will require some force as you push parts into place.

Apply electrical tape to any electrical connections as needed during this step. Once all connections have been made and secured, you can begin wiring inside the boat.

10) Install propeller into boat hull and wiring.

The next step is to install a propeller onto your craft, with wires running through it to prevent any accidental shorts or touching of wires causing damage during use.

Next, wire your electronics for remote operation before proceeding with this step due to potential battery issues that may arise later on in the operation of your watercraft.

Tips for keeping your remote control boat in good condition

Remote control boats are a great way to enjoy the water and have some fun, but they require some basic maintenance to keep them in good condition. Here are a few tips:

  • Rinse off your boat after every use. This will help to remove any salt or other chemicals that could damage the paint or other parts of the boat.
  • Store your boat in a dry place when not in use. This will help to prevent rust and corrosion.
  • Check the batteries regularly and replace them as needed. This will ensure that your boat has enough power to run properly.
  • Inspect the hull of your boat regularly for cracks or other damage. This will help you to identify any potential problems before they become serious.

By following these simple tips, you can keep your remote control boat in good condition and enjoy it for many years to come.

So there you have it, the basics of building your remote control boat from scratch. It is not as complicated as it may seem and can be easily accomplished by anyone who decides to build one of these boats.

These are just some basic steps in making a remote control boat, and there are many more ways to make your unique model that others will recognize for years to come.

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Boatbuilding is one of the most ancient forms of craftsmanship still alive today. As long as our ancestors have had a curiosity about exploring open waters, they have been practicing and honing their boatbuilding skills.

To be honest, however, building a boat is no small task. It will require a lot of work and patience to ultimately create a finished product that you are happy with and that is actually seaworthy.

Of course, we have also included a few free boat plans. You can keep in your back pocket for the next time you are asked to build a cardboard boat as part of a contest or lakefront teambuilding adventure.

We hope that these resources help you in your journey to build your own boat!

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Why build your own boat, 1. the wanigan, 2. the mouse, 3. the slipper, 4. the handy andy, 5. the junior, 6. the jolly roger, 7. the cork, 8. the hobby kat, 9. the tern, 10. the falcon, 11. the white duck, 12. the sea midge, 13. the zephyr, 14. the gypsy, 15. the crazy cardboard boat, 15 free boat plans you can build this week (with pdfs) – final thoughts, share on pinterest.

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There are a lot of reasons why you should explore building your own boat versus buying a pre-made model. Here is a quick breakdown of the most obvious benefits:

  • You will know the ins and outs of your finished boat better than anyone
  • It can be a great project to work on with your teenage or even adult children
  • You will gain valuable skills molding and shaping wood and other materials
  • You can design your boat for your specific needs
  • You don’t have to trust the sometimes-questionable manufacturing of mass-produced boats
  • You can create a boat that functions as your second home on the water
  • You can save money if you source materials mindfully

Of course, most first-time boatbuilders still experience some level of trial-and-error. With patience and perseverance, however, you can craft a one-of-a-kind vessel that has no equal anywhere in the world.

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The Wanigan boat began as a garvey design, which is one of the older boat plans known to the Americas. Traditionally, these boats were built as work scows and were very popular among American summer camps.

The design itself is very simple, but these boats can carry heavy loads. It can also handle a trolling motor being mounted to the stern so you can cover more ground if you want to use it as a fishing boat.

The creator of this boat plan became aware of some of the downsides of the garvey design, such as the heavier weight that made it less efficient than some other designs. So he combined elements of dory and wanigan designs to create a hybrid.

The main changes include an enlarged beam, tilted lathes to provide a stiffer hull, and knocking off the top strakes to reduce the boat’s overall weight.

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These additional The Wanigan drawings   may also prove useful for your build process!

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The Mouse is one of the most compact and nimble boat plans we have found for this list. It is an easy build and also a great boat for two kids or a single teenage paddler.

The original builder began with a one-sheet boat design in an effort to create the lightest and most affordable boat possible. This means it is only suited for calm waters and should not be used in high winds or wavy conditions.

That said, it was built in roughly 12 to 24 hours of work time and doesn’t require a full workshop to construct. The main material that is required for building this boat is quarter-inch plywood. But the builder recommends using one-inch by half-inch pine or something a little sturdier.

The plywood and pine components are held together using a method called ”˜stitch and glue’. This method requires choosing one of the best glues for kayak outfitting , which are typically made of epoxy and glass tape rather than something cheaper like polyurethane.

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Also, here are a few extra useful The Mouse Notes for builders

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The Slipper is the first of many sailboat plans on our list and it is faster, easier, and cheaper to build than most. It also features a deeper cockpit than many other sailboat designs, which makes it safer for intermediate sailors.

This sailboat plan features dual steering stations so that you can sail from inside or outside of the helm. It also includes a centerboard trunk that hardly intrudes into the cabin at all. So that, it is easier to work around while you are in the cockpit.

The exterior hull and cabin of this sailboat feature a modified dory design using two sheets of plywood ripped to three feet wide before being joined together. The resulting hull is a modified V-shape that reduces drag.

The centerboard of this boat can also be winched up to the level of the top of the cabin or lowered down to alter the draft. This allows you to customize the boat design for a stiffer and more weather-worthy vessel if you need it.

The Slipper was also intentionally designed with an aft cabin that naturally helps to keep the bow pointed into the wind whether you are underway or the boat is anchored in the port.

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The Handy Andy is a great little 10-foot portable rowboat for hunting, camping, fishing, and other recreational uses. It is actually the only folding boat design on our list, which makes it best for folks that need the most portable boat plan possible.

This boat features a 42-inch beam and a depth of about 15 inches at the mid-section. It also weighs roughly 80 pounds when assembled and can handle up to three average-sized human passengers.

The design boasts a flat bottom with canvas-bound edges and the primary material used for construction is ⅜-inch marine-grade plywood. Despite its lightweight nature, this rowboat can handle trolling motors or even outboard motors with a maximum of five horsepower.

Once finished, the hull can be folded or unfolded in less than a minute’s time.

This design makes it one of the only boats on this list that can be stored in a truck bed or easily carried by two people to be launched at more remote locations.

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If you are looking for an all-purpose dinghy that can handle almost any use you might imagine, look no further than The Junior free boat plan. It can carry three or four average-sized adults and is much easier to row than a traditional dinghy.

It is also durable enough to be equipped with a small outboard motor. You could even set it up with sailing equipment if you want to use it as a sailing vessel. As we said, this is truly an all-around boat design!

This boat plan requires constructing three frames that will provide the majority of the load-bearing support. The builder recommends using ¾-inch framing with ⅜-inch plywood as the exterior material for this boat build.

Resin glue and flathead screws are also required to hold this boat together. But there is a full list of materials included in the plans we have linked to below. Sticking to that plan should also give you enough leftover materials to construct two six-foot oars for rowing this boat until you install a trolling motor or outboard motor down the line!

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Channel your inner Captain Morgan when you are following these plans to build your very own Jolly Roger boat. This flat bottom boat design is designed for pond fishing . It can also be a useful yacht dinghy for getting from your dock to a larger vessel anchored offshore.

The plan follows conventional dinghy construction methods but also includes a few modifications that will save you time and energy. The wide design is super stable for boaters of all ages.

The keel, frame, chines, and risers are all cut from ¾-inch oak, ash, or any other trusted hardwood you can get your hands on. For the smaller components, the builder recommends using cedar, cypress, fir, or white or yellow pine.

Because this boat plan is also sturdy enough to handle a small motor, it includes important points for protecting the wooden hull from spark plug damage.

Be careful to follow these guidelines to build the safest boat possible if you imagine installing a motor down the line.

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The Cork is another simple rowboat design. This one trends away from the flat bottom plans that we have included thus far. Instead, it features a deeper, V-shaped hull that makes it better suited to more efficient rowing and easier maneuverability.

It can be rowed easily from either seating position and is durable enough to handle up to three average-sized adult passengers. The ends of the boat are identical, which allows for multi-directional rowing.

The list of materials required for this boat plan should cost you between $30 and $50, depending on your location and hardware costs there. The resulting build is lightweight enough for two people to be carried and also to be transported on top of a vehicle .

Inside the boat, the builders use aluminum tubing to secure the struts that hold the seats. This material choice keeps the overall weight of the boat down while still adding the necessary rigidity across the beam of the boat.

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The Hobie Cat is one of the most iconic and recognizable small sailing vessels ever made. This Hobby Kat plan is your answer to building your own iconic sailboat without spending thousands of dollars.

Your finished boat will be able to handle speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. It will be a super fun vessel for windy days on the lake or bay. The builder was able to construct the hulls, decking, and rudder for this boat while spending little more than $200.

From there, they purchased and installed the mast, boom, sail, and rigging, which brought the total amount spent to roughly $650 (still much less than a name-brand Hobie!). Without the mast and sail, this boat weighs roughly 165 pounds and is constructed using primarily 3/16-inch marine plywood.

You can also elect to build your own mast, boom, and sail if you have the time and skills to do so.

Those elements are not included in this boat plan, but they do offer some recommendations for where to buy these components!

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Named after the common seabird found around the world, the Tern is a lightweight and nimble sailboat with a 72 square foot base design. She is made for inland sailing and planes very well in moderate breezes.

The hull design also provides minimal water resistance and the small floor plan makes this boat easier for intermediate sailors to handle. Even though it offers a small footprint, this boat is sturdy enough to handle up to four adult passengers.

One of the best things about this boat plan is that it can be built almost entirely by using only common hand tools.

Of course, you can speed things up if you have power tools and you are skilled enough to use them correctly.

The Tern boat plan includes a 20-foot mast, but you can shorten that length if you desire. The plan includes a complete list of materials and step-by-step instructions on how to plane and assemble each element.

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As you might expect from its name alone, the Falcon is an incredibly speedy sailboat for its size. It boasts a 14-foot centerboard and can handle two to four passengers, depending on its size and weight.

In tests of the original build, the creators claim that this boat out-distanced many Snipe and Comet sailing vessels as well as pacing evenly alongside longer 18-foot sailboats. When finished, your boat will have a six-foot beam and a total weight of roughly 475 pounds.

For the main framing components, they recommend using white oak and plywood will be the main material used in the hull construction. The hull features a V-shaped that was inspired by larger schooners.

The Falcon is best suited to sailing on bays, lakes, and wide rivers. It is also a boat plan with just under 120 square feet of deck space and it is a great build for amateur craftsmen and sailors.

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The White Duck is a flat-bottomed rowboat with a total length of 13’6” and a four-foot beam. The cockpit is approximately 15 inches deep all the way around and this boat can handle up to five passengers while maintaining buoyancy and stability.

When fully constructed, it will weigh roughly 200 pounds, but the final weight will depend on the type of lumber you choose for your build. This boat plan features plywood planking over solid wooden frames.

The White Duck is built with a pointed bow that cuts nicely through the water. The flat stern of this boat design will make it easy to attach a small outboard motor with a maximum of six horsepower.

As you might expect from its name, this rowboat is a great option for duck hunting trips. That being said, it is a highly versatile craft that can also be used for pond fishing or casual rowing on your nearby lake.

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The Sea Midge is one of the smallest rowboats on our list and it is ideally suited for one average-sized rower or two small paddlers. It is only about 8 feet in length and offers a 52-inch beam at its widest point.

The Midge’s small dimensions make her ideal for navigating narrower creeks and streams. With an approximate weight of 62 pounds, she is easy to maneuver on the water and can also be much more easily transported than some of the larger boat plans on our list

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The Zephyr is a compact and speedy dinghy sailboat that measures roughly 14 feet long and approximately five feet across. This boat style was originally developed for safely crossing the English Channel. This means it can stand up well in rough waters.

When finished, it is also light enough to be transported on a small trailer or on top of a larger vehicle.

The boat plan calls for using hemlock or fir for the framing and oak or Douglas fir for the keel and chines.

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The Gypsy is a small cruising sailboat that is meant to be equipped with an outboard motor for powered locomotion. The original design resulted in an incredibly seaworthy vessel that logged more than 6,000 nautical miles in her lifetime.

It includes a comfortable cabin that makes it well-suited for multi-day sailing adventures. This boat plan includes improvements on the original design that will help you build an extremely durable and long-lasting sailboat.

The Gypsy boat design will help you construct a vessel that can handle a motor up to 25 horsepower so that you can enjoy cruising speeds of up to nine miles per hour.

While it may require a bit more of an investment in time and money, it will also help you produce one of the best boats you can build with a free boat plan!

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Finally, let’s talk about a crazy cardboard boat plan that you can build in less than a day. This is a great boat plan to bookmark for your next teambuilding project so that you can earn bragging rights with your coworkers.

The plan calls for using 1.5 sheets of cardboard. But you can use the remaining half sheet to build your own boat paddle if you want to get creative.

Triple-thick cardboard is best for this boat plan. But you can always double up thinner sheets if that is all you can find.

These plans include an easy-to-follow diagram for marking, cutting, and folding the cardboard sheets to create the hull of your boat. From there, it calls for using contact cement and construction adhesive to seal the edges and corners.

If you are looking to save a little money on this build you could also use duct tape and then wrap the entire design in plastic sheeting to provide waterproof qualities.

Overall, this build is one of the cheapest and easiest on our list. It is also a great project for hot summer camp days on the lake or river!

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We hope that you now have a couple of free boat plans to inspire you to begin your own construction project.

Don’t hesitate to check out YouTube for some useful boat-building videos when you are getting into the nitty-gritty of these build processes!

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