Ken Simpson

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Remote Electric Steering for Trolling Motors

The Tape & Glue Process

Waterproofing Tutorial

  • Swan Boat

    Swan Boat

    The concept for The SWAN BOAT was inspired by Sharon Torregrosa, who designed & built her own Swan motif boat. This portable version includes an ample beam, good freeboard, generous internal volume and multi-seating. It is sturdy, easy to build,...

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  • Tape & Glue Process Free Instructions

    Tape & Glue Process Free Instructions

    Click HERE to download the 6 page illustrated instruction document. The TAPE & GLUE PROCESS has been around for a few years, and hundreds of small boats have been constructedsuccessfully utilizing the process without incident. There were two goals in...

  • Folding Mast & Boom Free Plans PDF

    Folding Mast & Boom Free Plans PDF

    Free Plans - click HERE to download No Stays Required It seems inevitable that for a portable boat that fits in the family vehicle, the sailing version should have a mast and boom that does the same thing. Past attempts at this were specific to...

  • TUGGY Plans PDF

    TUGGY Plans PDF

    The idea for The TUGGY came from my good friend Craig Titmus of Australia, for a Portable Mini Tug Boat. It includes an ample beam, good freeboard, generous internal volume, multi-seating, and safety buoyancy. It is sturdy, easy to build, portable...

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  • Poke About Plans PDF

    Poke About Plans PDF

    Poke About specifications (all dimensions are maximum): Length = 76 inches Maximum Width = 31 inches Height = 12 inches Hull Weight = 40 pounds Draft = 5 inches nominal Max Load = 260 pounds (occupant, motor, and battery) Hull Speed = 4...

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  • The Minimalist Plans PDF

    The Minimalist Plans PDF

    The MINIMALIST is a little different, but in a good way. The single peice hull is easy to handle, and weighs only 30 pounds. The 2 important features of the design are it's quick build time, and low cost. The fact that it can support an adult and child...

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  • 1 Sheet Wedge Plans PDF

    1 Sheet Wedge Plans PDF

    To download plans click HERE The idea for the 1 Wedge1 Sheet Wedge came from my desire for a simple, low cost, yet useful small portable hull design. It includes an ample beam and freeboard, decent volume, seating for one, and optional safety buoyancy...

  • Explorer 3 Plans PDF

    Explorer 3 Plans PDF

    Click images for larger views- The plans for the EXPLORER 3 came as a result of repeated reader interest and inquiry for a more robust design. It includes an ample beam, great freeboard, generous volume, seating for two +, and safety buoyancy...

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  • Longboat Plans PDF

    Longboat Plans PDF

    The idea for the LONGBOAT came from a reader who wanted a simple yet useful portable hull design. It includes an ample beam, good freeboard, generous volume, seating for two, and safety buoyancy. It is sturdy, easy to build, quite portable and utilizes...

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  • Coroplast Plastic Boat Plans PDF

    Coroplast Plastic Boat Plans PDF

    The essence of this design lies in its simplicity. Contrary to my previous Coroplast boats, not a single knife cut is required to construct the hull. All features are straight line score marks and folds in the material. To hold it all together, Scotch...

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  • KWIKY Plans PDF

    KWIKY Plans PDF

    This is the second generation of the Folding Kayak design. It differs from the first with an additional poly seal along the mated folding panel edges, and the fact that it can accommodate a Trolling Motor. The bottom curvature has been reduced to provide...

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  • 1SHEET+ Plans PDF

    1SHEET+ Plans PDF

    The idea is not new, but the opportunity to build a small boat from 1 sheet of plywood is always intriguing. In this case, I wanted something that was, in this order, stable, easy to row or paddle, low cost, looked like a boat, and would accept a...

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  • 1 Sheet Plywood Skiff Plans PDF

    1 Sheet Plywood Skiff Plans PDF

    The design of the SKIFF is a natural extension of my 1 Sheet Hull Plans. It is actually derived from the Coroplast skiff design of similar appearance, with the extended bow shape.To have strength and yet be lightweight, the plans use some non-traditional...

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  • April Love Plans PDF

    April Love Plans PDF

    Hello Chuck,In the near future you will receive from PAUL AUSTIN an article regarding a boat I designed around his current needs. It is called APRIL LOVE, after his Daughter, and is composed of 4 modules which bolt together to form a complete hull. The...

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  • The Wedge Plans PDF

    The Wedge Plans PDF

    There is now a sail supplement available for this boat HERE I have another design completed and tested for you. It's called The WEDGE, and it obviously gets it's name from it's shape. This is a two occupant boat, with good freeboard and stand-up...

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  • CPB-Canoe PDF

    CPB-Canoe PDF

    The essence of this design lies in its simplicity. Easy to mark and cut panels, folded onto each other, and sealed with Scotch Waterproof Tough Tape. The tape is applied to all seams, folds and edges, and produces a fully waterproof hull, that is as...

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  • Ultra-Pram Plans PDF

    Ultra-Pram Plans PDF

    The ULTRA-PRAM, was conceived by Roland Moose of North Carolina. He wanted a portable yet robust boat for daily fishing trips - one that was stable and had plenty of room for his fishing gear. So, Roland Moose of North Carolina contacted me and asked...

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  • Toter DuckBoat Plans PDF

    Toter DuckBoat Plans PDF

    Toter DuckBoat specifications:AssembledLength : 10 feet 6 inchesWidth : 30 inchesWeight approx. 75 poundsCapacity : 325 pounds max. NestedLength : 4 feetWidth : 30 inchesHeight : 2 feetRecently I had the experience that all small boat designers relish,...

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  • Water Scooter Plans PDF

    Water Scooter Plans PDF

    Specifications:Assembled: OAL = 8' OAW = 36" OAH = 16" Nested: OAL = 48" OAW = 36" OAH = 24"Total Weight about 50 PoundsCapacity = 250 pounds max. (Including motor & battery)Maximum motor size = 2-1/2 HPHull Speed = 4 mphAbove: sample pages...

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  • Mini-Cat Plans PDF

    Mini-Cat Plans PDF

    The PortableBoatPlans "2012 Portable Boat Design Contest" is over for another year, and there were two winners (tied votes). The object of the contest was simple: Develop a concept for a small homemade boat that would appeal to many other amateur...

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  • Aqua Sport Cruiser Plans PDF

    Aqua Sport Cruiser Plans PDF

    The AQUA SPORT CRUISER was specifically designed for 2 purposes. First, when nested, it had to fit in the trunk of most cars, and second, it had to be capable of accepting a smal outboard motor for power, anything under 2.5hp. It also had to be...

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  • Toter2 Plans PDF

    Toter2 Plans PDF

      Click HERE for free Sponson Plans - Click HERE to learn more TOTER-2 Specifications: Length: 99 inches Max Width: 36 inches Width at chine: 28 inches Height: 13 inches Weight: 65 pounds Max load = 400 pounds Draft: 3" - paddle 4" -...

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  • 4+Coroplast Hulls Plans PDF

    4+Coroplast Hulls Plans PDF

    There are 4 + different hull types defined on these plans. Each has it attributes, and shortcomings. All are for a single occupant, and all have a maximum capacity of about 220 pounds, including all gear. The intent of these designs is to provide a...

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  • Pollywog Plans PDF

    Pollywog Plans PDF

    There is now a sail supplement available for this boat HERE A SIMPLE TWO-PART MODULAR BOAT THAT CAN BENESTED AND EASILY STORED ON-BOARD,OR IN AN RV, SUV, TRUCK and GARAGE. Only 5 feet long for transport. INTENDED AS A BRING-ALONG TENDER OR...

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  • Easy One Plans PDF

    Easy One Plans PDF

    A Small but Robust Row, Motor or Sailing Pram. Similar in design to the "WEDGE", but with many modifications. The idea for the EASY ONE came from the readers who requested a simple yet useful small multi-purpose hull design. It includes an ample...

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  • U2 HULLZ Plans PDF

    U2 HULLZ Plans PDF

    U2-HULLZ , is a wedge design that takes it to the next level. The builder has the option to construct any of 5 defined hull sizes, or anything else of their choosing. The plans are complete, and provide the builder with many options which will...

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  • Mighty Mini Plans PDF

    Mighty Mini Plans PDF

    The request for The Mighty Mini came from my readers, for a small almost single sheet boat of skiff design. It includes an ample beam, and freeboard, generous internal volume, single seating, and safety buoyancy. It is sturdy, easy to build,...

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  • KAYAK+ Plans PDF

    KAYAK+ Plans PDF

    KAYAK specifications: OAL: 95 inches Max Width: 30 inches Height: 15 inches (12" option) Weight: 40 pounds Max load = 250 pounds Draw: 4", with average weight operator Well, I have completed yet another boat...

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  • Composite Cruiser Plans PDF

    Composite Cruiser Plans PDF

    FEATURES:Ultra Lightweight (less than 30 pounds)Seats 1 (or 2 with additional center module)Unsinkable with air-cell constructionPaddle, Row or Trolling Motor poweredFits in most vehicles for transportCoroPlast hull material requires little or no...

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  • 8' Runabout Plans PDF

    8' Runabout Plans PDF

    The approval for Runabout came from my readers, for a small portable motor boat of traditional hull design. It includes an ample beam, good freeboard, generous internal volume, multi-seating, and safety buoyancy. It is sturdy, easy to build, portable and...

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  • Duet 3 Plans PDF

    Duet 3 Plans PDF

    DUET 3 Utility Boat - A two or three module transportable that has the capacity to hold a small family. With built-in safety buoyancy and generous freeboard, it can provide great family fun. Easy to build and assemble at the water, it fits in all trucks...

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  • River Rover Plans PDF

    River Rover Plans PDF

    RIVER ROVER - This is a new boat, specifically designed for shallow water use, and can be constructed in different lengths and widths. The size you need is dependent on load and the number of occupants desired. Much like a pirogue, the longer hull...

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  • Fly Fisher Plans PDF

    Fly Fisher Plans PDF

    This is a simple yet unique hull design. As noted in the cover page, it is stand up stable, and therefore can be used by all fishermen, and women, to safely traverse ponds and lakes, without the fear of falling out of the boat. Constructed like most of...

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  • Simple 8' Pram Plans PDF

    Simple 8' Pram Plans PDF

    The design of the SIMPLE 8' PRAM is in response to a request for a low cost, stable, portable boat. It includes a wide beam, good freeboard, generous volume, seating for two, and safety buoyancy. It is sturdy, easy to build, quite portable, easy to...

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  • Wildlife Photo Boat Plans PDF

    Wildlife Photo Boat Plans PDF

    Initially developed for Will Goodlet, a wildlife photographer from South Africa, the design has evolved into a small, lightweight modular boat, capable of fitting in most off-road vehicles. It's stealthy characteristics allow it to approach the...

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  • Explorer 2 Plans PDF

    Explorer 2 Plans PDF

    click the image above to enlarge Explorer specifications: Length : 8 feet Width : 3 feet Weight approx. 45 pounds Capacity : 300 pounds max. I have created yet another take-apart small boat called the EXPLORER...

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  • The Quad Plans PDF

    The Quad Plans PDF

    The QUAD was introduced August 2013, and is a good example of the multi-purpose variations available with modular designed small boats. Primarily a 2 occupant canoe, it can also be used as a 3 module skiff (scuttle the aft module). Row, paddle or...

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  • Trifecta Plans PDF

    Trifecta Plans PDF

    Free Download - click HERE 3 SIMPLE MODULAR BOATS THAT CAN BE NESTEDAND EASILY STORED ON-BOARD SHIP,OR IN AN RV, SUV, TRUCK and GARAGE.Less than 5 feet long for transport. INTENDED AS BRING-ALONG ROW or PADDLE BOATS,FOR USE ON ALL INLAND...

  • Personal Camper Cruiser Plans PDF

    Personal Camper Cruiser Plans PDF

    This is another small-size version that is “Water Ready”. Ample space & proportions, with flip over rear module. Square transom for added buoyancy. Hull is all straight lines for very easy construction. It is stand up stable, roomy and practical, and...

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  • 1 SHEET PRAM Plans PDF

    1 SHEET PRAM Plans PDF

    It may look similar to some of my other designs, and it is, but it differs in one important aspect, the basic hull is primarily constructed from just a single sheet of 1/4" plywood. This lone occupant hull weighs only 30 pounds, and nests to a 4' x 2...

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  • Dory Plans PDF

    Dory Plans PDF

    One of my favorite all time hull shapes is the Grand Banks Dory. It had a flat bottom, generous sloped sides, and an ample length to width ratio, with good cargo capacity, and was relatively easy to construct. After many years of designing, and building,...

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  • Duet Plans PDF

    Duet Plans PDF

    DUET specifications (all dimensions are maximum):Length = 105 inchesWidth at Gunwale = 44 inchesWidth at Chine = 34 inchesHeight = 17 inchesHull Weight = 75 poundsDraft = 5 inches nominalMax Load = 500 poundsHull Speed = 5 mph (can plane with ample...

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  • Fold-up Kayak Plans PDF

    Fold-up Kayak Plans PDF

    This concept is in response to many requests for a collapsible Kayak design. In order to find simplicity, I have developed a folding hull design that does not utilize complicated seals and joints. The end result is a compromise between a sleek looking...

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  • The F.I.T. Plans PDF

    The F.I.T. Plans PDF

    Click image above for larger view The design of The F.I.T. is actually a size and process update to my very popular Poke-About hull design.This new boat is multi-capable, and it's shape, although unconventional, is efficient and easy to construct...

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  • THE EZ2 CANOE Plans PDF

    THE EZ2 CANOE Plans PDF

    Click HERE for a FREE PDF paper model file for EZ Canoe (click image for larger view) EZ2 specifications: Length: 11 Feet Max Width: 34 inches Height: 11 inches (assembled) Freeboard: 6 inches Weight: 50 pounds Capacity: 350 pounds...

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  • Foam Boat Plans PDF

    Foam Boat Plans PDF

    A little history:The concept of a small boat made of styrofoam always intrigued me, but I never got around to design and build one until now. What motivated me was a combination of forces: My becoming a senior citizen, and the resultant decrease in upper...

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  • Kayak Style Paddle Plans PDF

    Kayak Style Paddle Plans PDF

    Free Plans - click HERE to download The design goal for this paddle was to develop a low cost, easy to make, adaptable paddle for a kayak, canoe or any other small boat that requires manual propulsion. The end result is a double-paddle that...

  • Portable Camper Cruiser 3 Plans PDF

    Portable Camper Cruiser 3 Plans PDF

    Here is another variation of the PORTABLE CAMPER CRUISER. This one is especially suited to fit in most SUV's, all Trucks and Campers. It's 3 foot width and 2 foot transport height are ideal for in vehicle storage. It also is dedicated to be a solo...

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  • Micro Sail Boat Plans PDF

    Micro Sail Boat Plans PDF

    The idea for The MICRO came from Craig Titmus, of Australia, who wanted a simple and fun portable sailboat design..It includes an ample beam and freeboard, small sail, gear storage, seating for one, and safety buoyancy. The unique hull shape was...

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  • Mini Camper Cruiser Plans PDF

    Mini Camper Cruiser Plans PDF

    Download free PDF Study Plan - Click HERE SPECIFICATIONS : BOAT OAL = 12 feet OAW = 4 feet OAH = 34 inches (top of cabin) Occupants = 4 max Capacity = 750 pounds max. Power = Row or 3 HP motor max. CAMPER OAL = 7 feet OAW...

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