Classic Wooden Boat Plans


A collection of plans for the classic wooden boats plans- the models vary in size but I prefer to work on models that are about 1m in length or larger so the majority of plans here are for the larger models. Most of the model plan sets are free, others are for sale. The cost is kept low so that everyone can have a chance to build the models - some lesser quality plans are for sale on the web for 10 times the price. Again the low price does not affect the quality of the plans.

I have also included a section on RC Hardware with Wiring Diagrams for basic RC Boat and Ship layouts. By John Tomlinson


CNC and Laser Cut Frame Plans are available for many of the Models on this site - Click Here

Frame Kit Plan Templates In Adobe PDF Format that can be printed on a Home Printer



Atlas Van Lines Unlimited Hydroplane - Free Plans

1982 Atlas Van Lines unlimited hydroplane. Last ran as Ken Muscatel’s U-14 in 1998.

Plans include build pictures, History of the Boat and parts and instructions in pdf and .dwg AutoCAD format and are in a zipped file which is 741kb


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Atlas Van Lines Unlimited Hydroplane - Premium Plans

1:5 Scale & 1:6 Scale Frame Kit Plans are available here



Riva Aquarama Plans

Riva Aquarama Free Plans Download - Click Here Classic wooden boat plans for download - free

Scroll Down See the Riva Aquarama Special Plans



Baby Bootlegger V-bottom racer - Free Plans

V-bottom Gold Cup racer from the 1920's Baby Bootlegger won the 1924–25 Gold Cup and Harmsworth trophy.

Plans include build pictures, parts and instructions in pdf format and are in a zipped file which is 1.1mb - Click on the pic to go the download page for the model boat plans

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See the Baby Bootlegger Premium Upgrade Plans for CNC compatible AutoCAD Files and have you local shop machine the frames



Single Stepped Hydroplane

Designed - George F Crouch


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Plans in PDF format, 950 kb in size in 12 pages

A classic model boat plan for a single Stepped Hydroplane Boat



Antares - Motor Boat

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Antares Plans are in tiled PDF Format which are 850 kb in 10 pages

A simple plan for a classic model wooden boat



Flyer - 135 Cu Inch Class Hydroplane Race Craft - 1/4 Scale Frame Plans

Premium plans for the Bruce N Crandell 135 Cu Inch Hydroplane.

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Flyer 1/4th Scale RC Model Plans Flyer Hydroplane Plans and Blueprints Flyer Hydroplane Plans

click to go to the Flyer Hydroplane Plans - Here

Click Here to go to the Frame Kit plans




Riva Aquarama Special 1:10 scale Model Boat Plan Set

2 Large Format sheets on 2A0 sized sheets in Adobe PDF Vector format

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Instructions for printing Large Format Paper Sizes with Adobe PDF software -

Set paper size in the print options in the Adobe print menu - ensure paper size setting is correct. (the preview in the ADOBE software will show this)

The plans are large sheets 2A0 in sheet size - the large sheets that are best printed at a print shop such as Kinko's or similar high street printers.

Regardless of were the plans are printed, the following settings from the Adobe "Print" menu options are needed to print out full size:

Ensure paper size setting is correct - 2A0 in this case

Please ensure that the "Page Scaling" setting in the Adobe software Print Options is set to "None"

Do not use the "Fit to Page" option.

You can use the "Tile Large Pages" to print full scale on A3 or A4 paper joined together if you have the Adobe Pro software or the free Adobe Reader 10.

Download the Plans here

Frame Kit Plans are Here


16 Ft Hydroplane Margaret III

Free Hydroplane model plans

Download the plan set here


1/10th Scale 1956 Ted Jones Classic Hydroplane

Ted Jones Hydro Plans 10th Scale Download the free plan set here


U55 Oberto Hydroplane Plans

Oberto U55 Hydroplane Plans Download the PDF Plan Set here


Pay N Pack 8th Scale Hydroplane Plans

Free Download here


Slo Mo Shu IV U27 Classic Hydroplane Plans

Download the free plan set in Adobe PDF format here


Taka Wooden Boat

Taka Wooden Boat Plans Download the Plan Set Here




RC Boat Hardware and RC Ship Wiring Diagrams

RC Boat Motor Selection

RC Boat Motors - The electric motors used in RC boats can be Brushed or Brushless motors

Each type of motor used with the Radio Control gear requires a specific design of Speed Controller.


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The Speed Controllers above have a water cooled Heat Sink to prevent the RC Speed Controller overheating.

You will notice that the Brushless Speed Controllers and Brushless Motors have three wires to supply the power to the motor. The speed controller converts the DC battery power into a kind of 3 phase AC voltage to run the motor. The speed is controlled by varying the frequency of the of the AC.

The Brushed Speed Controller and Motor use the conventional Plus and Minus leads to run the motor and the electronic speed controlled basically switches the power on and off at a high speed to control the power to the motor.

RC Brushless Motor Water Cooled heatsinksWater Cooled Motor Heat Sink

The design of Brushless motors allows a Water Jacket type of heat sink to be used to remove the heat from the electric motor while under load.

The water is fed from forward facing inlet on the hull which forces the water into the jacket and out through a drain - this is the most efficient way to cool you RC Boat motor.

RC Boat Motor with Cooloing Jacket heat Sink A Brushless Motor with a Water Jacket heat Sink fitted

RC Boat Hardware - Prop Shaft Flexible Prop Shafts Plastic Props for RC Baots3 Blade Props


Wiring Diagram For Brushed RC Boat Motor Brushed Motor Wiring Brushless Motor Wiring Diagram for RC Boats Brushless Motor

The Wiring Diagrams are for a typical layout on a Radio Controlled boat or Ship - The differences between the Brushed Motor Wiring Diagram and the Brushless Motor Wiring Diagram are easily seen by clicking on the diagrams above to enlarge the Picture

The Battery Connection, Power Switch, Radio Receiver and Rudder Servo connection are also shown on the RC Ship Wiring Diagrams - Click on the thumbnails to download the full sized wiring diagrams.


Riva Aquarama Wooden Frame Kits Plans and CNC GCODE - Click Here


Riva Aquarama Special 50" Large Scale Model Frame Kit plans and CNC GCode - Click Here


Aphrodite 1/20th Scale Model Frame Kit Plans for Laser Cutting or CNC Mills - Click Here


PT Boat 1/20th Scale AutoCAD Plans and GCODE for CNC - Click Here


Baby Gar 1/10th Scale Frame Kit Plans - Click Here


Flyer Hydroplane 1/4th Scale Model Frame Kit Plans & GCODE for CNC Mills - Click Here


Baby Bootlegger GCode Files and AutoCAD Frame Kit Plans - Click Here


Frame Kit Plan Templates In Adobe PDF Format that can be printed on a Home Printer - Click Here


Model Long Tail Hydroplane Racing Boat Plans - Click Here