John Welsford

  • 6 Meter Whaler Printed Plans

    6 Meter Whaler Printed Plans

    For 6 Meter Whaler Study Plans, click HERE ---- I had been talking to a customer at Boat Books where I worked about the problems of the world and what we could do to set things right, all the usual gripes about politicians, lawyers, and petty...

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  • AWOL Printed Plans

    AWOL Printed Plans

    For study plan download, click HERE. David Perillo was one of my most enthusiastic Navigator owners, he'd bought a second hand one after having to sell a much bigger boat and after sailing it on Aucklands wonderful harbor for a summer decided that both...

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  • Clarence River Dory Printed Plans

    Clarence River Dory Printed Plans

    This one began when Boatbuilder Barry Wicks came across a Guy called Mike Maskill, a banjo player residing near Brisbane somewhere. Mike had recognised the dire straights that the East Timorese coastal villagers were in after the Indonesian supported...

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  • Daniel's Boat Printed Plans

    Daniel's Boat Printed Plans

    Twelve year old Daniel had pretty much outgrown his Stuart Reid designed miniature flat bottomed skiff, and father Wayne Chittenden had arranged to stay with me over one Christmas to do a spot of boat building. Wayne wanted...

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  • Fafnir Printed Plans

    Fafnir Printed Plans

    For Fafnir Study Plan download, click HERE. Fafnir came about in part because of a customers want for a very small blue water capable yacht in which to attempt a non-stop circumnavigation.  He was wanting to build a 10 ft long boat, and I had...

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  • Golden Bay/Setnet Printed Plans

    Golden Bay/Setnet Printed Plans

    I was fiddling around with the scale models and drawings for a proposed series of flat bottomed skiffs when Richard Desborough visited. I've known Dick for more years than either of us care to admit to and for a lot of those years He has been going...

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  • Houdini Printed Plans

    Houdini Printed Plans

    For Houdini study plan download, click HERE I had planned on using the sports rowing boat Seagull as my getaway boat over the Christmas period but when out on the river with a group of the Traditional Small Craft Society members I was bullied (he offered...

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  • Janette Printed Plans

    Janette Printed Plans

    The original "Jane", designed in 1985 sold almost 100 sets of plans showing the strong popularity of the simple, inexpensive multi purpose boat of this size. "Jane's" seem to stay with their owners for a long time suggesting that their virtues outweigh...

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  • Joansa Printed Plans

    Joansa Printed Plans

    A while ago I spent a season cruising in a very capable light dory I'd designed, the trips ranged from a week which took me from Dargaville down the Kaipara harbour to Helensville, to an afternoon trip up to Riverhead and back. It's a lovely way to see...

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  • Kiwi Duck Plans PDF

    Kiwi Duck Plans PDF

    It was perhaps three or four years ago I noticed a mention on the news page of Duckworks Magazine of a boat called a "Puddle Duck Racer". My initial impression was that it was a ridiculous little box, designed for people who thought that they could not...

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  • Light Dory Mk II Printed Plans

    Light Dory Mk II Printed Plans

    It suddenly dawned on me one bright October morn that barring miracles or extraordinary effort there would be no Christmas cruise that year. I'm not sure when the idea first began but it wasn't long before the notion of a boat for "cruising under oars"...

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  • Long Steps Plans PDF

    Long Steps Plans PDF

    Long Steps For Long Steps Study Plan PDF, click HERE I think that I’ve mentioned before, that in my plans range we have “Tread Lightly” which came from a little poem about how we should treat the earth on which we walk (metaphor), and...

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  • Navigator Printed Plans

    Navigator Printed Plans

    For study plans click HERE Navigator has turned out to be the surprise package of the whole bunch, 300 plus sets of plans in today's market is a lot! Navigator was designed for Boat Books Auckland's proprietor Tim Ridge as a race trainer to serve the...

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  • Pathfinder Printed Plans

    Pathfinder Printed Plans

    For study plan instant download - click HERE For an instant download (PDF) of the full plans for Pathfinder, click HERE There has been a lot of enquiry for a "bigger Navigator". Someone said, "One with room to sleep on a nice flat space that...

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  • Pelegrin Printed Plans

    Pelegrin Printed Plans

    For Peligrin Study Plan instand download, click HERE Most languages have a word which conveys the image of the wanderer, someone who has a dreamy far away look in their eye, who stays for a day or three then moves quietly on toward a goal that no one...

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  • Penguin Printed Plans

    Penguin Printed Plans

    For a study plan download for Penguin, click HERE I have only rarely been tempted to enter the design competitions run by magazines, of the two occasions I have gone to the trouble of producing the very detailed drawings that are required by the judges I...

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  • Pilgrim Printed Plans

    Pilgrim Printed Plans

    For Pilgrim Study Plan instant download, click HERE In my teenage years I sailed an 18 ft gaff rigged centreboard yacht around the Hauraki Gulf near my home just north of Auckland New Zealand. This is a wonderful area for cruising a small yacht with...

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  • Rifleman Printed Plans

    Rifleman Printed Plans

    The lapstrake sides and classical looks of "Rifleman" were an accident more or less, Frank Perry had been on the beach at a popular resort when He had seen Roger Davies in his beautifully presented "Rogue" sailing dinghy. Intrigued by the boat, Frank...

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  • Rogue Printed Plans

    Rogue Printed Plans

    Many designs start as an idea brewing away in the back of my mind, and are only brought to the fore when a prospective client enquiries for something that fits the idea. Rogue was one of these, I'd been thinking for a while about a fast, general...

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  • Roof Rack Printed Plans

    Roof Rack Printed Plans

    Designs come about in all sorts of ways, and this one was more unusual than most. My friend Marcus had been "sorting out" his 19ft long ferro cement Donovan designed keeler and had extracted a casual promise from me that I would design him a tender. One...

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  • S.C.A.M.P. Printed Plans

    S.C.A.M.P. Printed Plans

    S.C.A.M.P. (Small Craft Advisor Magazine Project) Original Designer: John Welsford Additional Development: Kees Prins Kit Adaptations: Turn Point Design Our own youthful dreams often featured small boats in starring roles. Aboard these simple, stalwart...

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  • Saturday Night Special Printed Plans

    Saturday Night Special Printed Plans

    If you prefer a digital download to the printed plans, click HERE I love the long expedition type events, The Texas 200, the Florida 120, the Everglades Challenge, all of which are challenging events which can be completed in boats that are not...

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  • Scraps Printed Plans

    Scraps Printed Plans

    For Scraps as an instant download, click HERE Our tides here run to 10 or 12 ft, which means that little Spook has to be anchored out in close to 20 ft of water at high tide in order to not be aground at low tide. Spook, my 18ft gaff sloop lives on a...

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  • Seagull/Mollyhawk Printed Plans

    Seagull/Mollyhawk Printed Plans

    I am very keen on recreational rowing boats, my Wife Jan prefers to see where She is going in Her sea kayak but I like the feel of the bigger boat and the way the rowing motion uses all of the bodies muscles as well as assisting the breathing as the...

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  • SEI Printed Plans

    SEI Printed Plans

    For a Study Plan Download, click HERE   I really like double ended boats, they have a grace and beauty that the blunt ended craft don't have, but I wanted one that would meet a particular set of needs.   I row. A lot, about 3 or 4 hours a week...

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  • Sherpa Printed Plans

    Sherpa Printed Plans

    For a Study Plan for Sherpa in PDF format, click HERE I had an enquiry from a liveaboard couple who needed to cover the two hundred yards or so from the town jetty to their forty footer, two "mature adults" who described themselves as a little under...

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  • Sundowner Printed Plans

    Sundowner Printed Plans

    For a Sundowner Study Plan PDF, click HERE Sundowner was drawn up in response to an enquiry from a customer who's dream it was to build a small ocean going cruiser with his own hands, then sail it on his dream voyage which included such interesting...

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  • Swaggie Printed Plans

    Swaggie Printed Plans

    For a Swaggie Study Plan download, click HERE Swaggie: (Australian slang) A tramp, or itinerant who carries his bedroll, or "Swag" upon his back. My client loves small craft and has long had an ambition to cruise a very small cruiser that would be...

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  • Sweet Pea Printed Plans

    Sweet Pea Printed Plans

    To download a study plan for Sweet Pea, click HERE Sweet Pea was designed to produce a racer for a club I based on a very large estuary. With a mostly mature membership and close to 200 miles of sparsely inhabited fairly sheltered tidal coastline to play...

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  • Swiftsure Printed Plans

    Swiftsure Printed Plans

    Both Stuart Reid and I have a strong interest in the traditional, and this sailable miniature along the lines of an 18th century Royal Navy Stoop based upon a plywood hull is a real treasure for those with a liking for character and gingerbread. Lots...

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  • Tender Behind Printed Plans

    Tender Behind Printed Plans

    I knew the voice on the phone, Twenty five years ago that voice had tried to convince me that A+B=C! And not only that, but he'd also informed me that if I were to flick another rubber band in class he'd give me a tender behind! Now here was Bill Lomas,...

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  • Tread Lightly Printed Plans

    Tread Lightly Printed Plans

    Study Plans available for Tread Lightly HERE Gavin Atkin moved house. The length of his new garage would enable him to build boats up to about 13 ft long; he is famous for one sheet (2440 x 1220 mm plywood) boats. Don Elliott sang the praises of an...

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  • Trover Printed Plans

    Trover Printed Plans

    I had been asked by an aid organization to design the simplest possible inshore and estuary fishing boat for the people of East Timor, the villagers were dependent upon their boats for their survival, they fish from them, use them as the village truck,...

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  • Truant Printed Plans

    Truant Printed Plans

    Click HERE for Truant study plans. It took 36 hours to travel from home in Rotorua to the tiny coastal town of Brooklin, Maine (USA) where WoodenBoat magazine has its amazing office. I don't sleep at all well on an aircraft and so was not in good...

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  • Walkabout Printed Plans

    Walkabout Printed Plans

    A study plan download for Walkabout is available HERE "Walkabout" as in "He's gone Walkabout" an Australian term meaning "a journey undertaken without notice or warning, of no fixed duration, with no particular destination in mind, and usually...

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