- 17′ 1964 Thompson Sea Lancer
In July 05 I found a boat I had always wanted; a 1964 Thompson 17′ Sea Lancer Express. While there were a number of fine lapstrake production boats built in the 1900’s,Thompson was always considered one of the very best ...Read more
- 25′ Cruising Houseboat River Walker
7/2014 Charter cruises on this boat (“DARWIN”) on the Kalamzoo River, in Michigan!
25′ houseboat River Walker
A River Walker, stretched to 30′. A good idea!
Here’s the original. The photos show her stretched a few feet and slimmed down 1′, a good ...Read more
- 28′ Captain Eddy
28′ 6″ Captain Eddy
I read Wiley Miller’s Non Sequitur comic strip every day. I like all his characters but my favorite is Captain Eddy and his “lobsta boat” named Anoesis.
This design looks a lot like “The Captain’s” boat in that ...Read more
- 30′ Jullian Adderly
30′ Cruiser JULLIAN ADDERLY
JULLIAN was, I believe, my first power cruiser design and was the basis for the first DUCK, the 38. The DUCKs are a bit more”sophisticated” in that they have more displacement for their length. But they needed ...Read more
- 33′ Rufus
A Sailing Barge
Some years ago I designed this boat, named RUFUS, for a guy who lived along the Intercostal waterway in Florida. I had alot of fun thinking it up, and I mean to own one myself some day. I’ve ...Read more
- 39′ NW Cruiser
Several years ago Bill Kimley at Seahorse gave me the hull Lines to a 35′ hull he had been building, and invited me to create a version of it. I used this as an opportunity to develop an idea for ...Read more
- 44′ Old Dad
“Old Dad 46”
Big and simple plywood “day” or” vacation” boats used to be common up into the 60’s, but slowly, design emphasis has shifted more to maximum interior accommodations, and other than the serious sports fishing crowd, the bigger ...Read more
- 44′ PILGRIM an economy cruiser
Who ever heard of a long-range cruising powerboat within financial range of a burger flipper? Well, why not? It’s about the only entry level job our economy is creating any more.
Pilgrim is designed for single handing or for a very ...Read more
- 45′ Little Ullin
A retired woman in Florida asked me about a boat for cruising the “Intracoastal” which extends 3,000 plus miles between New Jersey and Texas. This called for a boat that would be easily driven so fuel efficient, relatively seaworthy because ...Read more
- 48′ Cruising Powerboat “Alcina”
Optional Junk backup sail plan looks great and would be very practical off the wind.
Here’s a version I sketched up in 2004 showing her with a small cockpit aft and a more traditional wheelhouse. I like this look but she ...Read more
- 49′ Tasman Sea
Beamier, a bit shallower for the length, and carrying a bit more freeboard than the DUCK boats, this series is meant for folks who are going to be living more in one area than actually cruising. The TASMAN SEA is ...Read more
- 54′ Idelwild
54′ Plywood (or metal) IDELWILD
“We were informed that this is the longest passage ever completed by a Trawler Yacht. 29 days 6 hours, we can add another 6 hours for time zones if you like.” February 14, 2005 from IDLEWILD’s ...Read more
- 55′ DIESEL SWAN
Her profile is obviously based on the 48 Evolution DUCK. An inboard rudder version will be available too. The fellow building this one wants the outboard one. It still has the “ladder” down to the water cut into the transom, ...Read more
- 55′ Idlewild
Ben and IDLEWILD Circumnavigated the earth and holds the record of the longest non-stop passage ever made in a power yacht!
Here she is in B.C. before heading to Baja and back on her shakedown cruise.
Here’s the original version. As built ...Read more
- 55′ ULLIN
A less Gung Ho version of Idelwild
While working on Idelwild’s design I decided I liked her hull a lot and that she could be an inexpensive plywood (or wood) boat as well as the rugged polar explorer Ben wanted. So, ...Read more
- 57′ EGIS High Latitude Cruiser
New wood version Profile showing a raised deck house fwd. rather than the flush deck. I think the fly bridge doesn’t overhang the house far enough. I’ll fix that one of these days….
Here’s one of the interiors possible. This wood ...Read more
- 59′ Diesel Swan
This “bird” series of designs (“Duck”, “Goose” and “Swan”) all share the idea of being about as simple and inexpensive to build as a rugged boat can be. I’ve used a very simple hull form, long waterline, straight ends, transoms ...Read more
- 59′ Steve’s Crusing Powerboat
Length Between Perpendiculars: 59′ Length WL:58′ 1″ Beam 15′ 4 ” Beam WL: 14′ 3″ Draft: 6′ 6″ Displacement at DWL: 103,370 lbs. L/B Ratio: 4.06 D/L Ratio: 236 Suggested Engine: 150 Hp
The idea here was for a big simple ...Read more
- 60′ Diesel Goose
The GOOSE is sort of a “super” DUCK. She’s the same concept of simplicity of construction and very robust scantlings, but, at 130,000 pounds at her DWL can hardly be called trim and trollerish. That’s OK; she isn’t supposed to ...Read more
- 71′ Ellemaid
Low and lean with a “pilot schooner” rig for emergency power and roll control.This ship would be right at home rafted against a NW Halibut Schooner dock!
Here she is under sail, either assisting the diesel on a cruise, or getting ...Read more
- 71′ Wunderburg
70′ 8″ WUNDERBURG (a “kayak” yacht!)
With all the emphasis I put on my designs as comfortable live-a-boards, I’m frequently asked why don’t I live aboard. I don’t; I live in the country on a couple acres. The thing is I’ve ...Read more
- 81′ Ellemaid
I love this hull. She makes me think of those beautiful New England Sardine Carriers that go up and down the coasts of Maine and Nova Scotia pretty much regardless of the weather. They were every bit as able and ...Read more