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Simple Series

We designed this series to enable those who wanted to to build simple inexpensive boats using wood that can be purchased at the local lumberyard. While this was the intention that does mean that if you desire to do so that you can't buy some marine ply and epoxy and use those materials to construct one of these boats.


The first two boats designed where Simon and Simone. Simon's design was aimed at getting as much boat as we could from one sheet of plywood and Simone was an attempt to see how much boat we could get from two sheets. In order to increase the longevity of the boats we sheath them in polyester resin, which is the simplest and least expensive of the resins. Sam was designed to fill in the size gap between the two boats as the result of a request for a boat in that size range using the same inexpensive building materials.


Each of the boats has bulkheads forward and aft to provide flotation should they for some reason get swamped.


The boats all have a simple seat back constructed from materials leftover from the boats construction, with the paddler sitting on the bottom of the boat. Simone has the option of having a hatch installed in the aft deck to add some storage capacity. There is also the option as to whether or not you will install the side decks or just the fore and aft decks to provide the tops of the floatation compartments.


With each of these plan sets we include plans for a simple paddle made from lumberyard materials.

There are no kits available for the simple series designs, but you can for $10 add a set of full size patterns to your purchase which further simplifies the building process. The button to purchase the patterns is located at the bottom of the page and when couple with your plans order will let us know which patterns you need.

Simple Simon

Simple Simon

Length: 7' 8 1/4"    2.34m

Beam: 21"    .533m

Recommended Load Range: 40 to 85lbs.   18 to 39kg.

Plans $25


Simple Sam

Simple sam rendering

Length: 10' 2"    3.1m

Beam:24.5"    .622m

Recommended Load Range: 70 to 120lbs.    32 to 54 kgs.

Plans $25

Simple Simone

Simple Simone

Length: 12' 9"    3.88m

Beam: 24"   .610m

 Recommended Load Range: 120 to 180lbs.   54 to 82kg.

Plans $25

There are full size patterns available for each of the above designs for an additional cost of $15. 


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