First Choose a Design
All the boats are designed for home building using stitch and glue techniques in plywood and epoxy. The designs vary from the Crayfish yacht tender through two sheet Duo to the sea going rowing boats Bee and Linnet. Then there are the beach catamarans Pixie, Quattro 14 and Quattro 16, not forgetting the 14' high performance singlehander racing dinghy Stealth.
All are well proven designs and all have been home built by the designers. Richard Woods, chief designer at Woods Designs has been dinghy sailing for over 50 years. In that time he has raced most dinghies and won four national and one European championships.
People are justifiably concerned about the quality of plans and the service provided by their chosen designer. Possibly the most influential home boatbuilding magazine worldwide is Wooden Boat Magazine. They chose Woods Designs when they decided to add a couple of beach cats to their list of stock plans. They have been selling plans for the QUATTRO 16 and PIXIE since the late 1980's, and have since sold hundreds of sets of plans.
One of the main reasons for choosing Woods Designs is clear from their initial review of the PIXIE when they wrote: "Another reason for the ease of construction is found in the plans themselves, which are not merely mechanical drawings, but a fully rendered guide to the building and rigging of this boat, with detailed specifications for rigging and fittings. The plans are so clear as to resemble drawings for a "how-to" magazine article, or assembly instruction for a kit-in-a-box. They are a great visual aid for a vessel that is, in fact, being made by hand"
Building your own boat is not only intensely satisfying, but it is also a great way of saving money, plus you end up with a boat that has been made to your exact requirements.
Sample dinghy and beach cat plan sheets are included in the free Sample Plan Pack which you can download using the link on the left