Ohops, an update after over eight years :-)
Links page updated - dead links removed and a couple of interesting new links added.
Oh what a jungle of dead links this Internet is :-( Isn't it a shame that there's no automagic way to get rid of them?
One more practical joke: a Micro Portuguese Style Dinghy :-)
Lots of new pictures of boats built by the readers in the galleries.
Lots of small corrections and improvements in several plans.
The last one of the old plans has now been "modernized", including both metric and imperial measurements.
Two answers to the question "what is the optimum sculling oar length?", and discussion on what is involved.
A couple of spruce pictures :-) added to the swamp boats pages.
New free plans and building instructions for three slightly different flat bottomed swamp boats.
New galleries of pictures of boats built from these plans.
Having done the 3SD
I just had to do this ;-)
"2SD", a new design for a 12' dory out of just two sheets of plywood.
"3SD", a new design for a 17' 8" dory out of just three sheets of plywood. Making the best possible use of plywood.
I'm gradually including imperial measurements with most plans, in addition to metric ones...
A new design for a 12' skiff out of two sheets of plywood.
A new design for a stable 15' 8" fishing punt, that can be sculled, but also driven with a small outboard.
Just proved to myself that I'm not too old to learn to play with new toys. So
I learned to play with
DELFTship hull design program
(previously known as Freeship) and
Michlet hull analysis program.
With these, it was possible to add resistance graphs to several of the my designs.
All resistance graphs have been calculated for a displacement, that more or less corresponds to the boat weight plus a single average (?) passanger weighing 85 kg / 190 lbs.
I did some mental wrestling with myself on the subject of should the speed scale be suited
to the nature of every boat, or should the same speed scale be used for all boats?
I ended up using the same scale for all graphs. The scale now goes up to 4.0 m/s = 7.6 knots. This way all graphs are comparable, speedwise.
A new extremely small boat, a river Severn style coracle.
New pictures in the "What others have done?" section.
A new section Extremely small boats. Free boat plans and building instructions for boats as small as can be.
The first boat in the section is Halfpea, the smallest dinghy in the world (that still looks like a dinghy). I'm not sure if You should take this seriously or not ;-)
New pictures of the sailing version of the 10 1/2 ft skiff built by Dave Seaberg added to the "What others have done?" section.
Portuguese Style Dinghies built by Scott Ellerby, Scott Davis, Mark Ellse, Robert Anderson and Antti Rytkonen added to the "What others have done?" section.
A new design for a 14' Rowing Punt inspired by old fishing prams in a boat museum.
A sailing version of the 10 1/2 ft skiff built by Dave Seaberg added to the "What others have done?" section.
A "Dug" built by Pierre Qinque added to the "What others have done?" section.
A 10 1/2 ft skiff built by Donncha O Muithile added to the "What others have done?" section.
A Portuguese Style Dinghy built by Ron Johnson added to the "What others have done?" section.
Lots of interesting links added to the "Links" section.
A 10 1/2 ft skiff built by Pekka Kapanen added to the "What others have done?" section.
A Portuguese Style Dinghy built by Paavo Ahtiainen added to the "What others have done?" section.
A new section on how to make an arbitrarily curved handrail, in this case a spiral staircase handrail quickly and with a low budget.
A brand new section "Newest Updates" (You are just reading it :-).
Another new large section
"Wood as Boatbuilding Material".
This section explains my views on some basic wooden boat construction concepts.
A Portuguese Style Dinghy built by Mick Hewlett added to the "What others have done?" section.