Anybody can submit any boat at any time for publication. 

The project shall be less than15 feet in length, and must be of wood construction, ply or otherwise.

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If you have an interest in one of the presented boat articles, and wish to contact the builder,

Email me at  and I will forward your inquiry, for their response. 

September 2016
STEVE HILBERG and grandson JORDEN build the River Rover

A few months back, Steve Hilberg wrote and inquired about the plans for the River Rover, one of my newer designs. He was unsure if it would satisfy the needs of he and his grandson Jorden, both avid fishermen. This would also be the first boat building experience for Jorden, and Steve wanted it to be a good one.  Well, those few months have elapsed, and the following photo montage is clear evidence of their partnership in the boat building process.

Initially Steve wrote:  “I chose this design because we have a small pond on the property next door, and both my grandson and I like to fish. I was intrigued when I came across the plans on your website. The whole idea of a "portable" boat appealed to me. Here was a boat I could build with him that was relatively inexpensive. I do a lot of woodworking so I wasn't intimidated by the project and there was plenty he could help with.”

I purchased 3 sheets of 1/4" ACX plywood and 4-5 1x8" boards. I ripped these down to 1x2 and 1x1 on my table saw as I needed them. We followed the excellent instructions that accompanied the plan. I wanted to involve my grandson Jorden as much as possible (he is almost 7), so he helped me measure and mark parts to start with. Obviously for safety reasons I did all the sawing. When it came time to glue up parts he helped spread the glue, and held things together until I could clamp them. There was some tedious measuring/cutting/fitting/adjusting work (the interior chines especially) that I took care of myself. His attention span sometime lagged, so we set a reachable point each day and then quit to do something else. This actually worked out well since the glue-ups had to dry.  It was also a hot and humid summer so we tried to keep the work periods in the garage reasonable.

Jorden wanted a blue and black boat (not quite sure what he was envisioning), and we settled on blue with a black "racing stripe". I did a lot of research on what might be the best coating, and based on experiences of other boat builders I found, I settled on a quality exterior house paint. We went to the store and Jorden picked out the color blue he wanted. The boat was primed, painted, and three days later we took it on its maiden voyage. (I wanted to leave it cure longer, but he was headed home in a few days). I made two quick plywood seats out of leftover material and it was ready to go. I was pleasantly surprised how stable it was. We decided the our 5 minute ride was enough of a test and headed back in to get our fishing gear.

One other thing I added was two handles to the stern section and one on the bow section to help pull the boat in and out of the water. We really enjoyed building the River Rover.  I would like to try another one sometime, but we don't need a third boat!  
July 2016

This is a 1 SHEET WEDGE constructed by Jonas. After having built a larger more traditional style boat, he realized he needed something smaller, and easier to transport. He chose this design for it simplicity and low cost.

Jonas's selection of a very comfortable folding seat is just what the 1 SHEET WEDGE needs. He also utilized the rope steering method, to easily control the boat's forward direction. And notice some little finishing touches he made, like the corner braces, to further make the hull more rigid and comfortable. Nice job Jonas !
JULY 2016

All assembled, after transport in the car.
Loading the seat and provisions.

KWIKY built by Frank Baedke of Iowa. Splashed at a messabout at Stockton Lake in SW Missouri, July 9, 2016.

Initial entry into the water ?
Looks like Frank is enjoying himself !

"We had 17 boats there. Got kinda hot and winds were quite soft. Made for a memorable day on the water."

JUNE 2016

This is an original design by Tom, patterned after some of my coroplast folding hulls, but with a twist.  

As you can see, he has taken the Tough Tape idea and aptly applied it to plywood panels, creating a punt style hull that is roomy, solid and stiff, and folds flat for transport and storage. This was a first for Tom, and I am sure we will see more of his handy work in the months ahead. 
JUNE 2016

Greg, from Ontario Canada, built his F.I.T. for fishing, and it is outfitted with all the gear to make it successful. Over the past few weeks he writes, " I've taken it up north twice this spring and both times came home with lake trout. Now I'm not saying it was because of the boat that I caught the trout, but it sure made it comfortable and fun. Best part was that after 5 days camping/fishing and being quite tired, the FIT comes apart quickly, and as it is so light it just slips in to my F150 easy as pie."  A great recommendation, thank you Greg.

MAY 2016

The photo of Richard on the lake was taken on a real windy day, and he certainly got his required exercise. The lower photos are of the finished boat, and show exactly how the nesting hull process makes a long boat very portable.
Like all builders, Richard could not resist putting the hull modules together before they were finished. I do the same thing.  It's an exercise in determining if it will really fit in the vehicle.  Nice job, Mr. Byrod !

September 2015 


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Hi Ken,

You asked me to let you see the finished product.  We just took it for its maiden voyage on our pond behind the house this evening. The build went well and turned out better than expected.  Since my wife Mollye helped in the construction we call it the Mollyewog!  We are planning to take it to the lake camping next week . Thanks for a great set of plans.

Jim Henley

Follow up : Thought you might like to see a picture of it under power with a 2.5 hp motor on Arcadia Lake.  It performed well under power (last photo above). 


This boat project was a first for Jim and his wife Mollye, and they did a great job of bringing the Pollywog to life. Thanks for your fine attention to detail, and happy boating ! 


 APRIL 2015


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One of the youngest builder/contributors, only 17 years old, is Henry Titmus of Tasmania, Australia. With the help of his dad Craig, he is the happy owner of the pictured Coro Power Boat. Because it is made of Coroplast material, the boat is lightweight, yet strong and safe for young people like him. Note the custom seat and paint job, part of his detail modification. Henry is obviously enjoying each moment with his new boat, and says Ken’s design is 100%!


Packing a conventional 15 foot kayak into a vehicle for transport seems impossible. But, Micheal Dahl did jut that. Using ingenuity and an idea from our portable boats, he constructed a JEM 15 into a 2 module design for easy transport and storage. The end result is shown in the photos below. Nice job Mike !

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AUGUST 2014 

ROLAND MOOSE's build of the  'Fixed Hull' KWIKY

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Don Bradner's build of an Original Design 14 foot skiff 

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February 2014 

Mike Dahl's Pollywog 

 First, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed building this boat. Your plans are well illustrated and easy to follow. I am already thinking about building the Quad or the EZ2 Canoe next winter. 

The weather here warmed enough that my wife and I could take the new Pollywog out. The 30# thrust trolling motor that I used today pushed it around fine for use on a small lake. I have acquired a 4 hp Johnson outboard which I will try next time out. The boat handles well and is very stable. I think it will sit just right in the water when my fishing partner is with me. The 11 foot length will be adequate for two fishermen and their gear and it fits in a full sized pickup with room to spare. Thanks for a great set of plans. 

       Being close to retirement at 64, I have hopes of getting to the various lakes in my area to do a little fishing. My wife and I are apartment dwellers, so I wanted a boat that two people could be comfortable in and fit in my pickup with camper shell for transport and storage. Upon finding your website I felt like the 11 foot version of your Pollywog would be what I was looking for.

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 A few days after Christmas 2013 I went to the lumber yard and bought the materials I needed to get started. I had printed out the plans I received from you and found them easy to follow. After cutting out the parts I found the tape and glue process easy to manage with Titebond 3 and Fibatape doubling the layers of tape inside and out. When it came time to paint I used oil based primer and Valspar porch paint.  I changed the seating arrangement so that I could have swivel seats and take them out to make loading easier. Rod holders make fishing more relaxing and fold up transom wheels aid in moving the boat into the water. I found the boat building process very enjoyable and look forward to another build next winter. After all, a person can't have too many boats! 


          Michael Dahl

          Noble, Oklahoma

Mike is one happy guy, just waiting for fishing season to begin. 

September 3013 

See what another accomplished builder can do with a simple boat design.

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AUGUST 2013 

 The following article, about 2 BOY SCOUTS working hard to earn their Woodworking Merit Badges, is an inspiration to all of us.  Click on the PDF Title "Boy Scout Article" below for the complete story. 

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MAY 2013 

The following article is about Richard Atkinson, a first time boat builder, and his Poke About XL. 

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October  2012 

April 2012 

February 2012, an expanded PDRacer by JERRY CANADAY of New York. 

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August 2011, The Tadpole by Christien Cheviron of France


Another Australian  has contributed a design and photos of his transportable.  CRAIG TITMUS designed and built the Quarter, loosely patterned after the Toter series nesting modular hull.  His design is long, 4 modules at 11' 4", and has a top speed of 9.5 knots with a 2 hp motor. I was impressed, as I am sure you are, and this is what a nice long water line will produce, with minimal power. He used “take apart” hinges on the hull bottom to resist the bending loads, and securing bolts up near the gunwale, for assembly security. His son Henry says, “You can never have too many boats dad”. 



This is an article about  MICHAEL BALL of Australia  building the Ultra-Pram.  He was a first time boat builder, and this story is interesting because it defines what can be accomplished when the builder and the designer collaborate together for a common goal. The end result is a personalized boat, well constructed, nicely detailed and now being enjoyed by the entire family. (Click the photos below for more detail)




The newest, by JOSE CARMAZIO of Rio de Janeiro,  is a modified design of the Poke About.  His version seats two in tandem, and is used for fishing and hunting in the local waters of his home town. His ingenuity shows in all aspects of the build, yet it still looks like the Poke About. (click the photos below)


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Thank you,  Ken Simpson