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Free Wooden Row Boat Plans

Here is a collection free or very cheap rowing boat plans.

Not all free plans are created equal, I make no claims that these plans are good or work. Some are really good and some not so much, do your homework before you start.

Many old expired copyright Popular Mechanix and other magazines boat plans are available. They are somewhat dated in their construction methods but some of the designs are quite good. They can sometimes be adapted to use the stitch and glue method.

Free Rowboat Plans in no particular Order

Email me if a link is broken. I try to keep links up to date but I'm busy building my own boat and don't always get around to it. Have fun.


Free Oar and Paddle plans


Many designers include plans in their books. Not only do you get the plans but often quite detailed instructions on building them. It's a good way of getting inexpensive plans.

Several books are better references about traditional books and include ofsets. These can be used by experienced boatbuilders to reproduce the traditional designs. John Gardners and Chapelle's books are good examples. Links on the sidebar if you're interestd.



I try to be accurate and check my information, but mistakes happen. ALSO keep in mind that not all free boats are good designs. Some are but others are worth exactly what you paid for them. Also keep in mind while I'm in a preachy mood, that a good set of plans will save you lots of time and if you've paid for them you can actually often contact the designer and get help.

email me if you find mistakes, I'll fix them and we'll all benefit: Christine