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Updated: August 29, 2016

The construction of the MICRO Camper Cruiser is nearly complete, and I will continue to post information about the build, with photos. Go the the MICRO Camper Cruiser page for the updates.

Added 1 new photo today, the finished painted hull !

Thank you for your interest. 

Ken Simpson, Designer

MICRO Camper Cruiser (click on image)

Welcome to Portable Boat Plans of Arizona.
All of the Portable Boat Designs Require No Trailer for Transport !
Most of the boats are easily built from readily available Plywood and TiteBond 3 Glue.
 Most designs incorporates the  'Tape & Glue Assembly Process'  Developed by the Designer.

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The 1 SHEET WEDGE -  It may look like some of my other wedge designs, but it differs in one  important aspect; the basic hull is constructed primarily from one sheet of 1/4 inch plywood.  At 8' x 2.5' x 1.25' and 30 pounds, it is an ultra simple 2 module design, with all straight lines, that is easy to build and operate by a single occupant.  Less than $100 to build. The plans are FREE for the asking.   (Oct. 2015)

1 SHEET +  is an attempt to make a nice looking, good performing small boat out of a single sheet of plywood. With a 30" beam and a length of 88", the boat achieves 4 mph with a trolling motor. Of course it can be rowed and paddled too. Costing about $100 to construct, and capable of a 6 foot 190 pound occupant, it can be many things to many people. Stable and strong, and it fits in most any vehicle for transport.  (Aug 2011)

COMPOSITE CRUISER - The primary purpose of this design was to build a small pram style boat that was ultra-lightweight, easy and inexpensive to build, was unsinkable, and used Coroplast plastic as the hull material. The "CC" is less than 30 pounds empty, and it fits in almost any vehicle for transport. The construction is simple, and only handyman tools are required to build it. The basic hull can be constructed in just a week. Plans are 28 pages with photos. Gets a lot of attention at the water.   (Sept 2012)

CPB-2016  Is a 8' Coroplast Pram design that can be made in a day, fit in any car, and enjoyed for years. Especially designed for younger builders. The essence of this design lies in it's simplicity. Contrary to my previous Coroplast hulls, this one is all folds, and only a single cut. With a capacity of 220 pounds, almost anyone can enjoy the freedom of boating, many for the first time !     (April 2016)

 7/22/2016 - Modifications have been made to the plans, and my prototype, to provide fast assembly at the water. Now, only 2 assembly bolts are required, and no loose parts. So, unload from the car, unfold the panels, swing closed the supports, bolt to the side rails, add a seat and paddle away. Only takes 1 minute !

7/28/2016 - A new assembly video has been added to the bottom of the plans page.  And, I want to remind you that the finished boat weighs only 16 pounds, and when folded occupies a volume of only 4 feet long, 2.5 feet wide and 6 inches thick.  It fits in any car, is very easy to portage, and costs about $80 to make.
The plans of the CPB-CANOE are now complete. As you can see from the enclosed photos, the hull can be folded down the middle for storage and transport, in an 8 foot length, about 3 inches thick. But, it can also be folded in half again to create a 4 foot length, about twice as thick, for transport in any vehicle. At this time water tests still remain, due to a medical condition.  (JULY 2016)

DUET Utility Boat - A two 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 and suv's, no trailer required. With a 500 pound capacity and ample storage, it also makes a great fishing boat or tender, easily handled by a single person.   (May 2011)

EASY ONE  is so named because of it's portability and set-up. Just a few simple steps from vehicle to water, then the easy part begins, safely cruising around your favorite water spot. This is the third generation of the "wedge" hull shape design, and it incorporates the previous builders suggestions for greater freeboard, dry storage and a sail rig option. Rugged yet lightweight, the Easy One makes a great utility boat, and with an added center module, can seat two in comfort.    (December 2013)

EXPLORER 2 - Is a simple to build, 2 module portable boat, ideal for cruising small lakes, ponds and tributaries. It is much like a traditional rowboat, but nests to fit in the back of most vehicles. It can be rowed or powered by a trolling motor, and is suitable for a single occupant. It is 8' long and 32" wide, with good freeboard, and minimum draft. With a cost of around $100 to build, plus accessories, it is a good boat for those just getting into the boat building hobby.   (Aug 2009)
Plans of the EXPLORER 3 are now complete. It's primary advantage over the Explorer 2 is the freeboard provided by the 15 inch high sides. As a result, it has greater load capacity.  (JULY 2016)

The F.I.T. - This new wedge design is intended to satisfy the needs of many boaters. In it's basic single occupant form, 8' long, it will Fit In the Trunk of most autos. But, scale it up to 12' in length, and you can seat 3 comfortably. And, it can easily be converted into a simple day sailer.     (Aug 2015)

SPECIAL NOTE, August 2016

Dear readers,

Over the last 7 years I have developed many small portable boat plans that are unique, functional, easy to construct and low in cost. During this period I have been blessed to make friends with many of you.  And some of the boat designs have been suggested by you, which has broadened the spectrum of what Portable Boats Plans is all about.  For me this is a hobby, for you it's another source of wooden boat building information.  Thousands of you visit my website each month, however, analytics show that some of you only stay for a few minutes or less.  Perhaps the information is not what you expected.  Or maybe the searching process is a little too time consuming.  I get it.  My goal here today is to ask for your feedback, so I can determine if any changes need to be made, in order for you to have a better overall search experience.  
I always appreciate my interactions with you, so my question to you is this:  How can I modify the site so that you can easily find the boat plans, and construction information, that satisfy your specific needs ? Should I include a filter for you to narrow down your search criteria ?  Should I categorize the designs into the type or function of boat, instead of alphabetical ?  Should I concentrate on continually providing new designs ?  Or should I just leave the site alone, because it's fine the way it is ?  All feedback is appreciated, so drop me a note and let me know your thoughts.  I'll quickly reply with a generous thank you.

Sincerely,
Ken Simpson, Designer
email:   PortableBoatPlans@cox.net

FOAM BOAT -  A single occupant, two module nesting design that is constructed of 1 inch polyfoam sheets, and reinforced with fiberglass cloth. The result is a 30 pound craft that is easy to transport and easy to paddle, and literally sits on top of the water. It can also be outfitted with a trolling motor. The hull design is unique for a boat this size, and utilizes my "skin on foam" construction process. No epoxy used ! Cost to build about $150.    (Mar 2012)

KWIKY -  is the second generation of the folding kayak. It folds in half, to a 4 foot length, a 28 inch width and a 2 inch thickness, so that it will fit in any vehicle for transport. Made of 5MM plywood (1/4" optional), with enhanced edge seals, it weighs only 20 pounds. But, the biggest new feature is the redesigned aft end that can now accept an optional trolling motor. To achieve this feature, the hull shape has been revised for greater buoyancy. The benefit is an increased payload capacity.  (Feb 2014)

 Sept 04, 2015 - A 2 occupant sleeper version has just been added to the plans. It is 48 inches wide, and can support up to 500 pounds.

Micro CAMPER CRUISER  is a scaled down MINI, and will sleep one comfortably, and seat two in tandem. Built lightweight, it can be transported by all trucks, vans, suv's and some hatch backs, and even a bicycle !  Stand up steady, it will make a great weekender for the sole hunter and fisherman, or woman. The cost to build is a modest $150, plus outfitting. Plenty of room to stow gear, and will travel 4 mph with a trolling motor. Will accept a small (2 hp) gas motor with transom modifications.    (Aug 2015)

The MICRO Sail Boat is a departure in design. It is modular, 3 to be exact, but it's core is pure 3 Meter Sailboat. Ideally suited to the novice sailor, it features many options, from foot steering and boom-less sail, to a unique method of keeping the hull erect in heavy winds. Buoyancy chambers, both forward and aft, add to the safety aspect of the design. The concept is from the fertile mind of Craig Titmus, the originator of the Mini Camper Cruiser.  Complete build plans are now available.   (Aug 2015)

MINI CAMPER CRUISER -  A real unique design by Craig Titmus of Tasmania, Australia. A boat with a capacity of 750 pounds on the water, converts to a 7 foot camper with accommodations for 2 adults. At 4' wide and 12' long it is stable and roomy. When folded in half it can fit in the bed of a pickup, or on a small flat bed trailer. Empty weight is about 130 pounds, plus gear, and it is easily fabricated with common shop tools. It's great for those weekend excursions.  (Feb 2013)

MINI-CAT -  This is a small twin-hull platform boat design, which was the Design Contest Winner for 2012. Comfortable for 2 people with gear, it can fit in any truck, van or suv. Builders options include a trolling motor, sun canopy and enclosed cooler. Stable, lightweight and easy to build. Simplicity at it's best. Ideal for fishing or just casual boating. Pontoons are 8' long and the deck is 4' wide.  Bring your sleeping bag for an overnight !  Low in cost to build and operate.  (May 2012)  

MPDR - MODULAR PD RACER was designed for those that want the PDR experience, but prefer not to trailer it. This 3 module nesting version is true to the hull design criteria, while providing in vehicle transport. Approved by Shorty Routh, the PDR originator, the modular version has good interior room and can accept all PDR options, and it is class legal to race.  The plans are FREE for the asking !      (Mar 2011)

POD-2  (Paddle On Demand) - This is a redesign of a very popular boat, expressly intended for the younger generation. It is easy to cut out and assemble, with straight sides and minimal curves. It has built-in safety buoyancy, and can be fitted with a small sail rig. At only 6' long and 30" wide, it folds in half for transport. A great project to get kids interested in boat construction. The plans are FREE for the asking.     (Apr 2010)

POLLYWOG - This is one of the larger boats in the fleet. It can hold 2 adults and 2 children. Composed of two nesting modules, it can fit in all trucks and suv's, and some wagons. Adapts easily to a trolling motor or small outboard, and is ruggedly constructed of 1/4 inch plywood. The boat is ideally suited as a tender or launch, and makes a great fishing boat. Built-in seating and buoyancy chambers for safety. Also available is a sail rig set of plans designed specifically for the Pollywog, see below.     (Feb 2009)

POLLYWOG SAIL - The natural expansion of the Pollywog tender. The unique aspect of the design is the foldable mast and boom, which all fits in the hull for transport. With a removable daggerboard and a flip-up rudder, the boat can be beached easily. Hull speed is about 6 mph, but with one occupant expect sailing excitement. The sail is home made of white polytarp material, and should provide many seasons of enjoyment at very little cost. Download the folding mast plans for free on the website.  (Apr 2009)

QUAD - A 4 module, 11 foot long, multi-purpose boat. Primarily designed as a 2 occupant canoe, it can also be used as a 3 module motorized skiff. All 4 modules nest to allow transport in any truck or suv. Wide and stable, yet smooth through the water, it is easy to build, and costs less than $150.  Total empty weight is about 50 pounds. Ruggedly built, goes anywhere, and because it seats two, you won't be alone. (Sept 2013)

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 provides for greater gear stowage, and smoother water transit. Easy to build, the two hull modules stack for travel. The 8 footer will fit in all SUV's, and some cars. The others require a truck or van for transport.   (Aug 2015)

SIMPLE 8' PRAM -  A wide and stable design, constructed of 1/4" plywood for strength and durability. The two modules fold on top of each other for a transport size of 4' long, 3' wide and 2' high. Capable of accommodating 2 adults, it makes a great hunting or fishing boat, to get into those hard to reach areas. Row, paddle or trolling motor powered.  The plans are FREE for the asking.    (Aug 2013)

SIMPLE 9 - A kayak like, 3 module portable boat. Constructed of lightweight plywood, it weighs only 40 pounds. It's 9 foot length and 30 inch beam give it good performance and stability in the water. It gets it name from what it is: Simple-Inexpensive-Multipurpose-Portable-Lightweight-Easy to build. An ideal starter boat for all ages. Fits in most cars and all trucks and suv's.  The plans are FREE for the asking.    (Nov 2010)

TOTER 2 - The updated version of the original Toter, can now seat 2 in tandem. This new design can also be fitted as a daysailer. All this in a size that fits in most cars, and all trucks and suv's. It also has built-in buoyancy, but still nests to store in less than 5 square feet of floor space. The 3 modules easily bolt together for fast assembly at the water, and the refined structure will provide years of service.  (May 2010)

TOTER 2 SAIL -  Completes the design cycle for this series. With a mainsail and a jib, the boat is capable of some fun sailing, and it can accommodate 2 occupants. All the attributes of the Toter 2 are enhanced with the sail rig, making the boat a true multi-tasker. With built-in safety buoyancy and a short, wide sail, the boat is safe for almost anyone to operate. The controls are always at hand, and easy to manage. All components fit in the center module for storage and transport.    (June 2010)

TOTER DUCKBOAT -  Developed per a customer request for a duckboat that was hunting dog friendly. Based on the original Toter hull series, the inside aft of the hull was lowered to almost water level to allow the dog easy exit and entry of the boat. The platform is treated with a non-slip finish, to allow grip for the dog. A buoyancy chamber below provides additional safety. A camouflage paint job makes the boat nearly invisible. The plans include an XL version, for a larger payload capacity.   (May 2010)

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 personalize their boat.    (Nov 2015)

ULTRA PRAM -  The concept of Roland Moose, who needed a roomy and rugged fishing boat that had ample storage for gear and camping equipment. At a little over 8 feet long and 4 feet wide, with 18 inch sides, the design provides seating room for 2 adults and 2 children. An optional 3rd center module increases the capacity to carry 4 adults easily. All this, and it fits in the bed of most trucks, suv's and motor homes. The cost to build should be under $225.   (Jan 2011)

WATER SCOOTER -  This is a departure from the hull designs normally found on this site. It's a sit on, rather than a sit in hull shape, intended to be both practical and fun. At 3 feet wide and 8 feet long, when the 2 modules are disassembled and stacked, it can fit in all trucks, suv's and most hatchback cars. No trailer required.    (Oct 2014)       

WEDGE -  This is a sturdy, roomy, 2 module utility boat with a unique hull shape. The wedge shape puts the buoyancy where the load is. It has good freeboard, and a 400 pound capacity. Ideal for sole hunters or fishermen with a lot of gear, and it is stand-up stable. Finished weight is only about 80 pounds. Powered by up to a 3 hp motor, or oars and paddles. It can also be converted into a very capable day sailer.   (Oct 2011)

Plans of the WILDLIFE PHOTO BOAT are now complete.  Review the details on the  WPB page, and you will realize, as I did, that this design can satisfy many other boating applications. What's your idea ?   (JULY 2016)

 Just for your information, many of my boat designs can easily be modified to suite your particular application. As an example, the new F.I.T. plans depict larger versions to accommodate bigger people, or greater loads. And the MICRO CC plans define a wider hull, for those who don't want to go it alone. 

All the plans are open to your imagination! 

 All plans can be purchased at  http://www.duckworksbbs.com/plans/simpson/index.htm

Just a short note defining why my videos rarely include views of the entire boat, or anybody in them. Well, I almost always go out alone, and as a result, it is impossible to to get the whole scene, as my arms are just not long enough. However, the accompanying still photos should provide more than sufficient hull views to satisfy the need of most of the readers of this website.  And, thank you for your continued support.

- Accessory Plans Listing -

All these plans can be downloaded FREE from the individual listings below.

ASSEMBLY KNOB - It was only a matter of time before it was obvious that a quicker method of fastening the hull modules together was developed. This knob essentially takes the place of a wrench, and makes the installation of the hull assembly bolts a much easier process. 

The single page plans are FREE to download.

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FOLDING MAST & BOOM - This is a clever way to get a 12 foot object into a 6 foot container. By using everyday available components, the mast and boom of most small sailboats can be made to fold in half for transport in your vehicle, not on it. Originally designed for the WEDGE, but applicable to all my sailboat designs.   FREE to download.

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FOLDING PLYWOOD SEAT - This design can be used on any of my boats that do not specify fixed seating. Easy to make, low in cost, about $15. Big enough for even the large person, the angle back can be adjusted to suite individual needs. Made of 1/2 inch plywood, can be painted to match your boat. Increase comfort by adding back and seat cushions.   The plans are FREE.

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PADDLE, Kayak Style - A long overdue addition to the plans page. I Built this basically from scrap materials, and it is rugged and easy to make. The double ended Paddle consists of a PVC pipe shaft, and reinforced 1/4 inch plywood paddles. It comes apart in 2 sections for easy storage. The total cost should be about $15 if you use leftover materials.  FREE

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This is the SIDE MOUNT BRACKET for attaching a Trolling Motor to the side of a hull. The primary purpose is to place the motor controls convenient to the operator's hand, without additional extensions. The bracket slips over the side of the hull, and bolts in place. The Trolling Motor is then easily secured to the mount.  FREE  ( Sept 2013)

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SPONSONS - These are short, curved, air filled buoyancy cells on the side of a hull, imparting lateral stability in the water. They are designed to be easily added, and removed, from the boat. Certain narrow hull boats can benefit from the use of sponsons to increase load capacity as well as stabilizing the boat in rough water. The plans are intended to be universal, so the builder can modify them to suite the application.  FREE

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TAPE & GLUE PROCESS 2 -  This is a method of boat assembly developed by this designer, to produce a simple, waterproof, non-toxic and secure method of sealing a hull assembly. It is applied after the basic hull is assembled. Many small boats up to 12 feet in length have been constructed using this process, as are all current designs on this website.  FREE

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TITEBOND III Ultimate Wood Glue - This is the first  one-part, water clean up wood glue ever offered that is proven waterproof. It is non-toxic, solvent free, and cleans up with water. Much safer to use than other traditional waterproof glues. FDA Approved, it is ideal for both interior and exterior applications, and has longer assembly time. Specs below.  FREE

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- MISCELLANEOUS - 

And here is a great article on the basic use of  Materials & Tools by Jim Michalak.
This should be required reading for all first time boat builders. 
Download the PDF file below (click on title). Wait for the file to load, then select Save or Print.

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Also go to  http://www.svensons.com/boat/ for some old, but good, boat designs. 

Or visit  http://www.storerboatplans.com/ , a great Australian boat designer.

A boat builders paradise   http://www.christinedemerchant.com/ 

And, of course, Duckworks Boat Builders Supply.

 It's always better when man's best friend enjoys the small boating experience in one of our designs.

Say Hello to Jake ! 


And remember,

DUCKWORKS  is the best place to look for boat building plans, supplies and articles.

http://www.duckworksbbs.com/ 

 A Boat Builders Best Friend.

FINAL OVERVIEW
It is the intent of this plans website to provide two things for the small portable boat building community.
First is to provide ideas and information of interest that will motivate a prospective builder into action.
Second is to provide plans for boats that are affordable, easy to build, usefull and always fun.
There should be sufficient information about each design listed that will enable the
builder to make an educated decision regarding their boat of choice. 
If not, the designer is only an e-mail away, willing to answer all
inquires of design, construction and material selection.


It has been pointed out to me that the portable boats I design are helpful to the greening of our planet. Look at it this way: They all utilize primarily wood as a structural material, they all use TB3 Glue, which is FDA approved and biodegradable, and  they all are recyclable, so when you are through with one it can readily be used by another, or cut up for kindling. Very little material is used in the construction, or use of these boats, that is not earth friendly. Even the recommended trolling motors are non-polluters.

So, join the hundreds that have bought one of my plans, and help the greening of our planet.  Thank you.


Web Site Created September 2009 

LEGAL DESCRIPTION

The boat plans listed here are the sole creation of the designer, Ken Simpson. It is his ongoing goal to design and develop small transportable boats that are easy and affordable to build. Although each design is unique, intended for a specific purpose, all share common assembly techniques. For instance, there are very few, if any, hull forms used in construction of these boats, as the bulkheads and transoms, combined with the mounted side panels, create the basic hull shape. The glue of choice for all construction is TiteBond III, a waterproof wood glue. No epoxy specified, or used. All seams are treated with layers of glass cloth tape impregnated with TiteBond III. This method was developed by the designer, and many boats of different sizes, up to 12 feet in length, have been successfully built using the process, now called the ' Tape & Glue Method of Assembly '.

That being said, the designer takes no responsibility, and cannot be held liable for any construction faults, personal injury, or any other result of the builders actions or materials, on or off the water.  Also, the plans cannot be used for commercial purposes without the designers specific written permission.


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