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Jim Michalak

  • AF2 Plans

    AF2 Plans

    AF2 is the ancestor of both the AF3 and the AF4. The prototype was built by Richard Spelling of Sand Springs, Oklahoma.AF2 is almost 5' longer than AF3, and is 6" wider and deeper. The result is a...

  • AF3 Plans PDF

    AF3 Plans PDF

    AF3 plans come with two sailplans: the original sharpie spritsail (as seen in the photo below) and a balanced lugsail option. AF3, CUDDY SHARPIE, 16' X 5', 250 POUNDS EMPTY The AF3 (the original...

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  • AF4 BREVE Plans PDF

    AF4 BREVE Plans PDF

    "Dear Jim, I've got to tell you - that little AF4b of yours is a marvel.I've logged close to a thousand miles on her so far, through streams,rivers, canals, bays, sounds, and even one unplanned foray...

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  • AF4 Casa Plans PDF

    AF4 Casa Plans PDF

    This was supposed to be a cut down AF4, without cabin, but with a large open cockpit for sightseeing, and maybe a canopy over all of those seats. Chuck Leinweber called it a "picnic boat"...

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  • AF4 GRANDE Plans PDF

    AF4 GRANDE Plans PDF

    Af4 Grande is a 20% scaleup of the original AF4. Scaling a design can be interesting. If the design is scaled up by a factor of1.2 as it was here then the areas of all the panels are increased by a...

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  • AF4 Plans - PDF

    AF4 Plans - PDF

    AF4 is a simple low powered cuddy cruiser intended for protected waters. Kilburn Adams of St. Louis brought a boat similar in spirit to AF4 to our Midwest Messabouts and it was easy to see what a...

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  • Alansboat Plans

    Alansboat Plans

    Alansboat was designed for a fellow who wanted to go fishing in the shallows. He had seen boats for fishing the wide flats and wanted something similar. He suggested an enlarged version of the 12'...

  • Batto Plans PDF

    Batto Plans PDF

    Batto is sort of a "retro" boat. Every now and then I go over another designer's older design and try to update it to the way I do boats. I always learn a bit. Batto is a close copy of the Pete...

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  • Blobster Plans PDF

    Blobster Plans PDF

    Blobster has a lot of features I like in a boat. Lots of volume for its size, sort of like Micro or Scram Pram. The multichine shape is almost exactly like Scram's but this one does not have a...

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  • Boatbuilding For Beginners (and Beyond)

    Boatbuilding For Beginners (and Beyond)

    Jim Michalak's long awaited second book is here. Garth Battista, of Breakaway Books, convinced Jim to put down everything he knows about boat building in a professionally printed and bound book. Much...

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  • Brucesboat Plans PDF

    Brucesboat Plans PDF

    BRUCESBOAT, POWER SKIFF, 19' X 5', 250 POUNDS EMPTY Bruce was looking for a large powered canoe but couldn't find one for sale. He said they still make them by hand in Maine but he was in...

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  • Wojtech Baginski has the cabin on his Campjon raised, extended and glassed over for river cruising in Poland

    Campjon Plans PDF

    Campjon is based on my Jonsboat design. I increased the hull depth to 24" from 18" and again to 30" in the region of the 6' long cuddy cabin. The cabin decks slope upward towards the center so the...

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  • Caprice Plans PDF

    Caprice Plans PDF

    BACKGROUND...About 15 years ago I built a Payson Canoe and used it for several years before selling it. I replaced it about 10 years ago with my Toto double paddle canoe. Toto has the same multichine...

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  • Caroline Plans PDF

    Caroline Plans PDF

    SAILBOAT, 18' X 6', 750 POUNDS EMPTY Caroline started as a blend of Philsboat and Frolic2. The idea was for a little more cabin room than Philsboat and hopefully with the same...

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  • Catbox Plans

    Catbox Plans

    Note: You can purchase Catbox plans by using the "Add to Cart" button above, or you can download a free PDF file containing the plans by clicking HEREIn recent years I've seen several PDR...

  • Cormorant Plans PDF

    Cormorant Plans PDF

    CORMORANT, CABIN SAILBOAT, 32' X 8', 2500 POUNDS EMPTY Cormorant is the largest boat I've ever designed. I always warn folks to think twice and three times before building a big boat because you can...

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  • Dani Jay Plans

    Dani Jay Plans

    Dani Jay is the chosen name of the project I called Bobsboat in last year's essays. The idea behind it was to have an easily driven seaworthy launch that would take a bunch of adults around in a laid...

  • DarcyBryn Plans

    DarcyBryn Plans

    CABIN SAILBOAT, 15' X 6', 800 POUNDS EMPTY Darcy Bryn is the new name of the "Billsboat" project that was discussed here a while back (see the November 2009 back issues). The idea was for a solo...

  • Deansbox Plans

    Deansbox Plans

    Deansbox was designed for Dean McClure down in Key West. Dean had an interesting background in boats including a Dovekie and a Chapelle sharpie (junk rigged, to boot). He was looking for a daysailing...

  • Dockbox Plans PDF

    Dockbox Plans PDF

    Go ahead and laugh.Sleeps two. 5 hp max. Very protected water only.Nail and glue construction from two sheets of 1/4" plywood and four sheets of 3/8" plywood.Bill McKeough built the prototype in...

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  • Dorado  Plans

    Dorado Plans

    Dorado is a Southern Hemisphere constellation and also this boat designed for Ashley Cook in New South Wales. The idea behind it was for a rough water power boat with a sleepable cuddy cabin. We...

  • Electron Plans PDF

    Electron Plans PDF

    Electron was an interesting project done for a man who had done his homework on electric boats. In particular he had studied Doug Little's great book ELECTRIC BOATS. He wanted a cuddy cabin boat...

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  • Fatcat 2 Plans PDF

    Fatcat 2 Plans PDF

    Fatcat2 is still really a prototype boat even though I can show photos of a completed boat. What happened is that the builder, who is in his mid 80's, was taking the prototype to the lake to test...

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  • Folderol 2 Plans

    Folderol 2 Plans

    I tried drawing a folding canoe a few years ago but thought twice about it, thinking little canoes are easy to stow even when they don't fold. But I mentioned it to Dave Carnell who has been boating...

  • Frolic2 Plans PDF

    Frolic2 Plans PDF

    The photo shows the prototype Frolic2 built by Larry Martin of Coos Bay, Oregon. Larry built the boat quite quickly this past winter including sewing the sail to the instructions given in the plans...

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  • Hapscut Plans PDF

    Hapscut Plans PDF

    SAILING PRAM, 18' X 6.5', 450 POUNDS EMPTY Hapscut, Sailboat, 18' X 6.5', 450 POUNDS EMPTY In 2010 I was lucky enough to sail the TX200 with Chuck Leinweber in his Caprice. Chuck had me design...

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  • Harmonica Plans PDF

    Harmonica Plans PDF

    Harmonica is a tiny shanty boat that sleeps two in its cabin. There is a porch up front suitable for lounging and a small room in the stern for the kitchen and the water closet. I think it is...

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  • HC Skiff Plans

    HC Skiff Plans

    HC Skiff is a rework of a "typical sharpie skiff" that appears on page 101 of Howard Chapelle's great book AMERICAN SMALL SAILING CRAFT. I can almost say that if you own only one book about small...

  • IMB Plans PDF

    IMB Plans PDF

    IMB features a "Birdwatcher" cabin, full length with panoramic windows and a center walkway slot in the roof. Everyone rides inside. This style of boat was invented by Phil Bolger in the early 1980's...

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  • Imresboat plans PDF

    Imresboat plans PDF

    Imresboat is a slimmed up version of Larsboat which was designed for Lars Hasselgren to replace a Folboat that had finally met its end. Lars wanted capacity for two, plus decking, as with his old...

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  • Jewelbox Jr. Plans PDF

    Jewelbox Jr. Plans PDF

    This is Jewelbox Junior, a 15' version of the original 19' Jewelbox built a while back by Karl James in Texas. That Jewelbox went all over the US and parts of Canada and I understand was sold a few...

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  • Jewelbox Plans PDF

    Jewelbox Plans PDF

    Here is a boat that is supposed to be self righting to a great degree without ballast! Jewelbox has the combination proven by Bolger's Birdwatcher of high sides with a thick bottom and low down crew...

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  • Jon Jr. Plans PDF

    Jon Jr. Plans PDF

    Jon Jr. is a small jonboat, sort of a personal sized boat that will take two normal sized adults. It would be a perfect "back of the pickup truck" boat. It could be cartopped. (To me the idea of...

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  • Jon20 Plans PDF

    Jon20 Plans PDF

    Poor Jon20, he's just a big dumb jonboat. 20 feet long and 6' wide on the bottom, 7.5' wide on the top. It takes a ton to set it 4" down in the water, and I expect the empty hull might weigh 600...

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  • Jonsboat Plans Instant Download

    Jonsboat Plans Instant Download

    Jonsboat is just a jonboat. But where I live that says a lot because most of the boats around here are jonboats and for a good reason. These things will float on dew if the motor is up. This one...

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  • Ladybug Plans PDF

    Ladybug Plans PDF

    Ladybug is a lot like Woobo which was one of my first designs. There was a Woobo near here for a while. I never got to sail it but was told it would really fly. (That boat was made of Lauan plywood...

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  • Laguna Plans PDF

    Laguna Plans PDF

    DOWN IN TEXAS....They started a "cruise", not really a race, 200 miles up the protected waters of the intercoastal waterway. They say the wind blows strong and from such a direction that you reach or...

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  • Larsboat Plans PDF

    Larsboat Plans PDF

    buy Trilars plans to make Larsboat into a trimaran Larsboat was built by Lars Hasselgren to replace a Folboat that had finally met its end. Lars wanted capacity for two, plus...

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  • LFH17 Plans PDF

    LFH17 Plans PDF

    Don't remember where I read this but 100 years ago rowing was all the rage, the sort of thing you did on for fun. They said its popularity dropped and died after the invention of the modern...

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  • Marksbark Plans PDF

    Marksbark Plans PDF

    This long narrow boat was designed a long time ago for Mark Bustemonte who thought it might be possible to have a boat for fast sliding seat rowing, for slower fixed seat rowing with a passenger, and...

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  • Mayfly 12 Plans

    Mayfly 12 Plans

    Mayfly12 is a small general purpose row/sail skiff based on the lines of the traditional flat iron skiffs of 100 years ago. By that I mean she has a nearly vertical stem, flaring sides from the...

  • Mayfly 14 Plans PDF

    Mayfly 14 Plans PDF

    Mayfly14 is a straight forward flat bottomed plywood skiff for sailing and rowing. She's easy to build because her planks have no twists. That means that the chine log and wale bevels are constant...

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  • Mayfly 16 Plans PDF

    Mayfly 16 Plans PDF

    Mayfly16 is large enough to swallow up three men or maybe a family with two kids. She has two benches that are 7' long and there should be plenty of room for all. I would say that her fully loaded...

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  • Mikesboat Plans PDF

    Mikesboat Plans PDF

    Mikesboat is a big Piccup Pram. It is slightly narrower in proportion. The idea was to have something like Piccup that was large enough to take the family so she has two bench seats 8' long. It...

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  • Mixer Plans PDF

    Mixer Plans PDF

    Mixer is a stab at mixing some features of my prams with the features of the original Roar rowboat. The prototype Mixer was built to perfection by David Boston of Factoryville, Pa. That's him sailing...

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  • Mixer2 Plans PDF

    Mixer2 Plans PDF

    Eventually I tweaked Mixer to have a "through the water" bow. It's the same change that Roar went through to become Roar2. I called the new boat Mixer2 and here are some lines of it.The rest of the...

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  • Moby Dink Plans PDF

    Moby Dink Plans PDF

    Moby Dink was one of my first projects. I built and used the prototype for a few years before selling it to a man who uses it to tend his farm pond. If I were to do this one again I wouldn't change...

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  • Musicbox2 Plans

    Musicbox2 Plans

    ...its the same as Musicbox3 but with a bow transom. Musicbox2 looks a lot like a shallow draft Micro and that's what she's supposed to be. I helped build a Micro a few years back and have spent...

  • Musicbox3 Plans PDF

    Musicbox3 Plans PDF

    CABIN SAILBOAT, 15' X 6-1/2', 800 POUNDS EMPTY Musicbox3 is about the same size as the Bolger Micro and is clearly derived from it. I've sailed on a couple of Micros. Amazing boat in a lot of ways,...

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  • Normsboat Plans PDF

    Normsboat Plans PDF

    CABIN SAILBOAT, 18' X 5-1/2", 600 POUNDS EMPTY Normsboat was designed for Norm Wolf of Washington D.C. to join a group of trailer traveling shallow water sailors. He wanted the ability to...

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