Boatbuilding Tips and Tricks Blog

Here are the latest few blog posts. The balance of this years, appear below the list of posts and the column on the right, the index, lists all posts since 2008 when I started this blog, over 400 posts and 9 years.



Friday, May 10, 2019

Robert Gambill's Huntington Harbor built from Free Boat Plans

Robert Gambill just sent me these pictures of his homebuilt Huntington Harbor Kayak. I home he sends more when it gets wet.

Free Kayak Plans

Free Boat Plans

Join the insider section to download the Huntington Harbor kayak free boat plans: Join insider site Free Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Thursday, June 9, 2019

John Julian's 17' Tillamook Pacific Power Dory

John Julian just sent me these pictures of this 17' Tillamook Pacific Power dory that he just completed. It looks great and he says he'll send more pictures when het gets it wet, which should be soon.

Tillamook Pacific Power dory Wood boat plans

Tillamook Pacific Power dory Wooden Boat Plans

Tillamook Pacific Power dory Easy Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 17' Tillamook Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Paul Smith's 16' Newporter in West Australia

Paul Smith from Perth, West Australia posted these pictures of his recently completed Newporter Stitch and Glue v-bottom boat.

Newporter Stitch and Glue wood boat plans

Newporter Stitch and Glue Wooden Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 16' Newporter Stitch and Glue V-bottom Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Free E-Book Yacht Design

This book was published in 1904 (so is public domain,) and is a great source of design info. It gets into normal hull design but also sail design. It has close to enough info to build this gaff rigged cutter in the back - well, not enough details to match a modern design, but plenty to form the traditional shape and sail plan using traditional methods. That's enough for many builders back them to build excellent, and circumnavigating hulls in the days of wooden ships and iron men.

Download it if you have some desire to design your own boat. It's traditional and simple enough to do these yourself, but you do have to know some math to follow these methods - and they are manual.

Free Center Console Plans

Join the insider section to download this Yacht Design EBook from the Great Tales of the Sea section here: Join insider site with Yacht Design ebook.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Free Center Console Plans

The plans for this center console are contained in the Ply-on-Frame construction manual e-book. This is free when you purchase any of my ply-on-frame boat plans. It is also available for free download when you join the Boat Plans Insider site. (Note: The plans do not include the windshield, added by this builder.)

Free Center Console Plans

Join the insider section to download the Ply-on-Frame Construction Manual EBook with these free center console plans here: Join insider site with free center console plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Free Cabin Plans

The plans for this stand-up pilothouse cabin are contained in the Ply-on-Frame construction manual e-book. This is free when you purchase any of my ply-on-frame boat plans. It is also available for free download when you join the Boat Plans Insider site.

Free Pilothouse Plans

Join the insider section to download the Ply-on-Frame Construction Manual EBook with these free cabin plans here: Join insider site with free cabin plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Champlain 11' Skiff Nearly Ready to Launch

Fredrico P. Just sent me these pictures of his homebuilt 11' Champlain skiff. He says the weather is holding him back, but it should be clearing up soon and promises pictures when it's launched.

Champlain Row/Power skiff lans

Champlain Row/Power skiff Wooden Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 11' Champlain Row/Power skiff Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Fred Damerow's Nearly Finished 17' Tilamook Pacific Power Dory

Fred Damerow sent me these pctures of his nearly complete Tillamook. It looks like he's doing a great job.

Tillamook Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Tillamook Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 17' Tillamook Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Complete Boatbuilding Tips and Tricks Blog Index for 2019


Boatbuilding Pictures

Boat Building Photos

Please don't be embarrassed to send in photos of your projects. I get a lot of emails from people who tell me about their build but never send any pictures. I'd love to see them, as would all of the other people who are either building a boat or thinking about it. They need all the encouragement they can get.

I believe in offering you all the information you need to learn more about how to build a boat. That's why I offer free videos, free ebooks, and free reports. There's even some free plans available to isiders and some seminars I've delivered. To join, just click below:

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