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Great Island Rowboat


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Her look is that of a classic old-time rowboat, but this one is complete with a sail rig, and can handle an outboard with ease. The photo above is a particularly nice Great island Rowboat built from our plans out on the West Coast by a self-styled novice, over the winter of 2003-04. Looks to be a boat any builder could take pride in–nicely done.

The lines for these plans were taken from the restored boat shown below. Built around the turn of the last century for use on Penobscot Bay, we bought her in '79 for $75. She needed a lot of transom, a bunch of ribs, thwarts, and more, but she was worth the effort. All of that is documented in Repairs. In fact, there is a photo of replacing her transom right on the front cover of the book. After using her for a season, we took her back to the shop and took off her lines and then drew these plans. The lines are faithful to the original, and we've incorporated a plank keel so that a centerboard case is readily mounted on the hull centerline. You will like the plank keel for beaching because she stands upright on the shore like a wherry. By the way, we also offer plans for the oars that appear in the photo.


Hull Dimensions:
LOA=12'-10" Beam=4'-4" Depth Amidships=1'-4"
Wt=165 lbs (deduct 45 lbs for rowing version)

The original boat measures 12'-10" overall, and we've built this design to 16'-0" with no problem using the same offsets. Our boats were lapstrake, but she could be carvel planked, strip built, or even cold moulded. Professional building time is about 140 hours for the smaller version—less for glued lap construction using 6 or 9mm marine plywood planking. Yes, a full lofting is available.

When you place an order for plans, understand that what you are purchasing is the construction rights for one time use only–and every plan page is so marked. A royalty amounting to 50% of the original cost of the plans is due on subsequent boats built from our boat plans. So if you decide you would like to build a second (or third, or fourth) Duck Trap Wherry for example, and the plans cost $65, then the royalty would only amount to $32.50 per boat.

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  1. Detailed Plans

    Posted by Josef on Mar 19th 2019

    Received the plans for the Great Island Rowboat, and am very thankful for the time spent in the creation of construction plans in addition to the lines.

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