I decided to build the Kingfisher 14, designed by Paul Fisher, a veteran in boat building and boat design. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding from Newcastle University and spent more than 10 years in the boat building industry before he founded Selway Fisher in 1982 a company that sells boat plans. Paul is happy to discuss your individual boat design needs and provide you guidance throughout the building process. There is also a Yahoo Group with 3000 members where you can exchange ideas with boat builders from around the world and see their boat building progress.

The Plans

I got them in a few days and they consist in a list of materials, assembly instructions and detailed plans for lofting the hull shapes, bulkheads, centerboard, rudder, etc..


Lofting the hull shapes

Building your stitch and tape wooden boat relies on a set of symmetrical panels. In order to trace the hull panels on your plywood sheet you need to follow some simple steps:

  • first, we draw the parallel station lines on the sheet, every foot or every 305 mm. that’s 8 station lines in total per sheet
    TIP: if you live in a country that uses metric system it’s best you buy an imperial measuring tape with inches and feet. this will save you a lot of time.fig27_eng
  • next, you transfer the dimensions given to each station line as shown on the plan.


  • then you will need to connect the markings in a smooth curved line. To do so, it’s best you use a thin wooden batten or an old curtain rail and hold it in place by putting some weights on it.


note that for most boats your hull panels will most likely exceed the length of the ply sheet and you will have to repeat the process on a new sheet, as an extension to the previous one.

Using a thin batten of wood or plastic (old curtain rail) held in place by weights, draw in each curve. Two of each panel shape are required (port and starboard). It is easier to mark out only one panel side and when this has been cut out, trace around this for it’s mating panel. The 2 panels can then be cramped together for planing up so ensuring a matching pair.

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Cutting out the panels is easy if you use an electric jig saw. But make sure you cut 1-3 millimeters away from the line.

After the cut you will use a sharp plane to remove any excess material and obtain a perfectly smooth curve.


Check out this short video on Lofting and Cutting the hull side panels:

WP link to video