Plans for Rowing Boats
There are many boatbuilding methods suitable for rowboats.
I built both my Skerry and my Apple Pie Tender pram with the intention of rowing them. They have not dissapointed me. I am not including tenders in this list of plans, only boats that are intended for rowing, or which can be rowed and sailed. I don't think a row boat makes a good motor boat so I'm not really including them here either unless they look like they would row well.
Some designers, such as Chesapeake Light Craft, offer kits and plans. I have found that building from plans is very satisfying but does not really save any money if you include your time getting materials together. Kits are good ways of getting on the water faster. Don't think that kits are instant builds though. There is lots of work involved.
Rowing boat plans in no particular order.
Email me if a link is broken. I try to update everything often but the internet is a fast paced place. (and I'm slow)
- Bateau's Otter 16 has optional sailing rig. Weekender 12 is a quick build rowboat. They have others too.
- Michael Storer has a rowing skiff. His page has good description.
- Francois Vivier has several row boat designs. Look at the Yole 16.
- Jim Michalak has several rowing boat Plans which are available from Duckworks
- Devlin Boats has several models of rowing boats. Here is the Fairhaven Flyer 20
- Glen-L have several rowing crafts. Here is a fast stitch and glue rowing shell. The Whitehall is also really nice. They have others check them out.
- CLC, Chesapeake Light Craft has a reputation of providing good designs and Handsome boats Several plans and kits.
- Ross Lillistone has several plans some quite nice. Nice build diaries too.
- Jem Watercraft has a 17 ft Rowing canoe.
- Pigmy Boats has a lovely Wineglass Wherry.
- Fyne Boats, has plans and kits
- Spira International has several Grand Banks Style Dories.
- Dory Boat Plans A collection of dory plans I put together.
- John Gardner's book: Building Classic Small Craft : Complete Plans and Instructions for 47 Boats Link is to Amazon.com
- American Small Sailing Craft is Chapelle's book also well worth looking at. IN Particular check out the Peapods.
- Sandy Point Boatworks has a rowing peapod design built as a strip boat.
- Baker Boat Works has whitehalls and Wherries plans.
- Wooden Boat.com has many plans including this 18 feet rowing shell called firefly.
- Duckworks has many plans for rowing boats.
- William Atkin's Bruce Conklin pulling boat. Designed to track well she was originally designed for trolling.
- Duck Trap Woodworking has a Matinicus double ender peapod.
- Maine Maritime Museum Offers traditional wooden craft plans.
- Ultra Light Boats can be made into nice rowboats. This is a link to my web page on ultra light. There are several links.
- Arwen Marine has plans and kits for lovely boats.
- In the Boatshed Free boat plans. Check out the Ella Skiff rowing boat.
- Adirondack Guide Boat plans from Wooden Boat Magazine
- Selway Fisher offers many rowing skiff designs
- John Welsford has several row boat designs in particular, check out the Seagull
- Angus Rowboats has several models. Their expedition rowboat is outstanding.
- Ron Rantilla has several row boats. Link is to a front facing row boat.
- Brooks Boats Designs has some lovely boat plans
- Arch Davis has several models plans, supplies, some kit parts.
- Gartside Boats offers many plans including rowing boats.
- Chase Small Craft has plans and kits for a lovely fixed seat rower, Drake.
- Dreamcatcher has plans for ultralight skin on frame boats, including rowboats.
- Ocean rowing boatB and G Yacht Design. Cross the ocean in this boat.
- Duck Trap Woodworking has plans for many different small boats including row boats
- Ray Klebba's White Salmon BoatWorks has plans for a rowing Wherry.
If you are interested in building a rowboat there are several types of boats that have traditionally been rowed. Scandinavian faerings (the name refers to four rowing spots) is a good place to look. Iain Oughtred's Elf is a good example. Dories and Peapods have been the mainstay of traditional fishing and have proved themselves. Whitehalls and wherries have long been sportsmen's choice for elegant rowing. Rowing shells are the fastest and most specialized. They require skill and quiet water.
I try to be accurate and check my information, but mistakes happen. 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