Builder's Resources

This section provides further information and resources for plans and kit builders. The resources include supply lists, linesplans, build photo galleries, build videos, and more.  Click on the following links to find the section you're interested in or scroll down to view all the resources:

 

You can also visit our Video and Photo Gallery Page for videos and photos, and read relevant articles in our Builder's Tips Blog

 

 

General Topics

Interlocking Finger Joints - About Our SnapTiteTM Joint System

Basics About Rowing Geometry

Why Build - Benefits of Building Your Own Boat

 

 

Hollow-Shaft Sculling Oars

Everything You Need to Know About Sculling Oars

Photo Build Gallery for Hollow Shaft Oars

Photo Gallery of Hollow-Shaft Oars

View Sample Chapter for Hollow-Shaft Oars

View Plans Page for Hollow-Shaft Oars

 

 

Bumblebee Sailboat

Builder's Resource Page for Bumblebee Sailboat

Supply List for Bumblebee Sailboat

Watch a Video for Bumblebee Digital File Assembly

View photos from the Bumblebee Build Gallery

See a Photo Gallery of the Bumblebee Sailboat

Watch a video of 1 and 2 year old kids using the Bumblebee Sailboat

View Study Plans for Bumblebee

Diagram of Bumblebee CNC Cut Okoume Marine Plywood Components in Kit

 

 

 

Sliding Seat and Rigger System

Installation Instructions and Build Resources for Angus Sliding Seat and Rigger System

See Photos in Sliding Seat Build Gallery

Watch Video of Sliding Seat Rowing System

See Photos in Sliding Seat Gallery

View Kit Contents (displaying wooden seat)

Everything You Need to Know About Installing a Sliding Seat Rowing System

Instructions on Installing the Sliding Seat and Rigger System in the Oxford Wherry

 

 

 

Expedition Rowboat

View Diagram of Expedition Kit Wood Components

View List of Expedition Rowboat Kit Contents

View Expedition Rowboat Linesplans

Photo Gallery from Julie and Colin's 4,200 mile expedition from Scotland to Syria in the Expedition Rowboats

View Expedition Photo Gallery

 

 

 

Cambridge Racer

View Linespans

 

 

 

 

  

Oxford Wherry

View the Oxford Wherry Kit Contents List

View the Oxford Wherry Plans Content List

View a slideshow of Oxford Wherry Kit Contents

View a diagram of Oxford Wherry Kit Wood Components

Instructions on Installing the Sliding Seat and Rigger System in the Oxford Wherry

Watch a video of the Oxford Wherry in action

View the Oxford Wherry Photo Gallery

View the Oxford Wherry Plans Page

 

RowCruiser

 

Article on Tents versus Camping in Rowboats

View RowCruiser Linesplans

View the RowCruiser Photo Gallery

Visit Marty Loken's dedicated site on the RowCruiser

 

 

 

Sailing RowCruiser

See Sailing RowCruiser linesplans

Article about the design and inspiration behind the Sailing RowCruiser

Video of the Sailing RowCruiser

Photo Gallery of the Sailing RowCruiser

 

 

 

Sailing Conversion Plans

See the Sailing Conversion System Photo Gallery

See Sailing Conversion System linespans.

 

 

 

FAQS

  1. What’s the best type of epoxy to use?

    There is a large selection of epoxies on the market, and a huge variation in prices. West System has brand prominence, however, there are many other companies offering quality product. Raka, Mas, and System Three all offer a good product for a reasonable price. 

  2. What’s More Economical – building from plans or a kit?

    It should be a little cheaper building from plans, but this isn’t always the case. Sourcing obscure materials can be challenging, and often you will be getting very un-competitive prices. You also need to factor in the time and gas used in just getting your materials. The satisfaction in building from plans comes not from the savings, but in the enjoyment of building your boat entirely from scratch.

  3. How does your sliding rigger system compare with the Piantadosi Unit?

    Like all things it comes down to personal preference. The Piantadosi system is a robust unit which most people have good things to say about. The downside is it is a little heavier, more expensive, and doesn’t have the aesthetics of a wooden system. Our sliding seat rigger system is lighter and offers a very smooth ride. 

  4. I plan on abusing my boat is one layer of fiberglass on the bottom sufficient?

    Our philosophy is to create lightweight, but strong boats. A lighter boat will move faster, is much, much easier to manhandle out of the water and onto the roof of the car, and is all round a more elegant boat. While our boats can take a fair amount of wear and tear (and any amount of stress the waves can wreak upon them), we do recommend that you take basic easy precautions to reduce the wear such as not ramming it up onto gravelly beaches (come in sideways instead) and not dragging it over rough ground. In the long run, you’ll find it’s much easier having a light boat that you treat well rather than the effort of lugging around a tank that you can abuse. If you plan on using the boat as a rental or for a kids’ summer camp then yes, I would recommend adding additional fiber glass. For moderate abuse, add a couple of additional rub strips at the bow and stern and an extra later of glass across the bottom two panels. For heavy abuse, add an additional layer of glass cloth over the entire hull plus the additional layer across the bottom panels and hull/stern strips.

  5. What’s the spelling of rowboat. Is it row boat or rowboat?

    Rowboat

  6. Why isn’t the rowing station more central in the Expedition?

    A common misconception is that the rower should be in the center of the boat. While in many cases this is the ideal position, there are many factors to consider. The most important consideration is trim of the boat. The underwater profile of the boat changes depending on displacement (total weight) and center of gravity. Usually boats are designed so the ideal profile for tracking and performance is with the center of gravity just aft of the center of buoyancy. The Expedition is designed for carrying gear, and the storage space is optimized by having it in the central portion of the boat where it is widest. A light load should be carried further forward and a heavier load more centrally for ideal trim. When the Expedition is completely empty it is not quite at its ideal trim, however, it still performs and tracks very well.

    Interestingly, while having the center of gravity near the center is generally best for performance it is not the ideal position for the rower from a steerage standpoint. As with a canoe, less force is required to steer from the stern and it is less effort for a rower to steer when positioned in the rear(with the trim balanced with additional weight forward). This layout is seldom utilized, however, for other practical reasons that trump ease of steering. Oars are so powerful that it is generally not an issue steering from the center of the boat.