About The Plans
About the plans
About the plans
Looking at common boat plans it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Along with getting feet, inches and eighths of inches onto timber at full size, there really is too much information for a single sheet.
Conventional plans feature inaccurate offsets that were generally measured after the concept boat was made, and were often measured, or copied down incorrectly.
To address these issues, Classic Wooden Boat Plans creates the boats in CAD with 3D models using the original plans. This allows us to identify and rectify any errors through digital lofting of the plans.
CWBP approaches plans with 1 full size plan per item, leaving a general arrangement plan to explain heights above a base line and frame spacing’s. All dimensions provide in both metric and imperial. We do our best to nest components on the sheets to avoid additional sheet costs.
Plans provided by CWBP are .PDF files to be printed by the buyer. Please ensure you PC or MAC has a copy of Adobe Acrobat to view and look over your downloaded plans. Your plans will be provided in Zip format to decrease download size. Buyers not confident on downloading their plans can request plans be issued via email, please advise us if required. We use Kwikopy locally and clients in the US have used Kinkos and Staples nationwide for printing on to large sheets. In many cases we can provide your plans directly to your chosen print store, please email us with the details of your selected print store.
All plans come with a full set of PDF files (Adobe reader files) from the parts themselves to the general arrangement plan. All parts are full size and ready to be printed at full scale, fully lofted. In most cases a purpose designed building jig is also provided.
Most frames are 3” (76mm) wide, and .75”(19mm) thick.
Directions for building or “How to” are not provided as these older original plans were not accompanied with building commentary. The vast majority built vessels have been cold molded, strip diagonal planking with deck and hull veneers applied as the final layer.
For those looking to build their own wooden boat for the first time we highly recommend “ Boatbuilding with Plywood” by Glen L Witt. This is without doubt a must have for both amateur and seasoned builders!