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A few years ago I built a small, pram, sailing-dinghy just for fooling around. Last summer, I wanted to introduce my young grand-niece and grand-nephew (ages nine and six respectively) to small boat sailing. The dinghy however is just a tad under...

Quick and Easy Oars
Rowing a boat takes more than just grabbing a pair of oars. Fitting oars of the proper size and weight to a boat means experimenting with blade area, weight and flexibility. Specific boats need specific oars.

Building a Dinghy
The design is Apple Pie by Chuck Merrell-who has some nice things to say about the project. You can find the plans-and a lot of other neat stuff at Duckworks Magazine. First-the answer to The Question. I have been carrying around a copy of...

Yacht Tender Apple Pie
The Apple Pie is great for the first time builder and makes a fine yacht tender.

One of the first things many people say when looking out over a few acres is, they wish they had a pond. Ponds add scenic beauty to a property and provide opportunities for boating, swimming and fishing. Create your own spot for summer fun, as...

Paddle Lifejacket Hanger
Give old paddles and oars that are too cracked and worn for boating a second life on the waterfront as an all-purpose life jacket rack. It is a perfect hang-up for all those cottage PFDs and other odds and ends scattered around the dock, waiting...

Touring Canoe
With permission, we are providing free detailed canoe plans of a 18 ft x 35 inch (5.5 m x .9 m) touring canoe from our friend Morten Olsen at www.boatplans.dk. A nice and simple touring canoe that will build quickly for a minimal cost.

Canoe Wacky Lassie
The Wacky Lassie is designed to be quickly built by kids using modified Bolger/Payson tack & tape construction methods with techniques that minimize the use of hazardous materials and maximize suitable childrens skills.

Attached Carport
This attached carport is also fairly easy to construct against the side of another building, if you have enough height under the existing building eave. A carport, or lean-to shed, attached to an existing building such as a garage, barn, shed or...

Model Paddle-Wheel Boats
Only a few boys have ponds of their own, in a pasture, perhaps. But there are miniature lakes in our city parks, pools at our summer camps, and old water holes in the woods. If all of these fail, a boy can still sail his ships on the bathtub sea....

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