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The "Backyard Renegade"

I just want to build boats! As you will see I have not really found a definite direction for this new web site, but I know where it will not go. I refuse to turn it into a "boat plans clearinghouse" specializing in redrawn Phil Bolger/Harold Payson stuff for $50 bucks a pop. Neither have I anything against the tried and true manufacturers of floating clorox bottles, but not everyone can afford one. This Site is dedicated to the backyard renegade, the blue collar artist, the parent who wants to take a kid fishin', the would be builder who needs a place to start, the daydreamer, the inspired, the practical, and most of all, the cheap! (Scotty, Sept 98')

The "Stanley Sie" A Classic Scrappie

Ready for Paint $700*
My Pram...The "Little Joe", a great tender or pond boat.
Paysons Cartopper
Ready for paint $600*
Boats for Sailing, sculling, Paddle, or electric.

Call for custom boats
I'm certainly no Earle Brockway, but since his passing there has been a need for a cheap and durable locally built workboat. A while back a friend brought me a 1958 Brockway . After about 100 people asked if I was going to build some, I went ahead and took the lines. I use Epoxy, Stainless Steel, and Glass tape, the Brockway's used roofing nails and tar.
Click here to see more about the Classic Scrappies
I call this one "Little Joe" built with the vast Connecticut River in mind. She has a 54" beam, a "Vee" bottom and 13" sides. The bow has an extreme sweep up to the nose which keeps this boat very dry. It has gone through several changes since the first time you saw it, but it has developed into a great little boat. Weighing less than 80 lbs. and with almost 2 cubic feet of floatation this is a great boat for kids and fits nicely on top of your car or in the back of a pickup truck.
Click here to see more about my Pram
And then there are the others. Out of the 30 or so boats I have built, at least half of them have been different designs. Guys tell me that if I want to make money I need to make TEN at a time, but that would be to much like work! I have built Sailboats, Punts, Prams, Canoes, Dories, Pirogue, and a few boats I call "Classic Scrappies". Like I said before, "I just want to build boats!"
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Earth Tones, Calico Hunter Light Version, Little Joe
This is a modified "Scrappie" I call Calico Hunter. Originally built as a "Jeeptopper" for a friend who will carry this boat in to small mudholes in search of the mighty Calico Bass. This light weight vessel is a great platform for two to fish from with plenty of floor space for an 11 foot 90 pound rowboat. She slips along nicely with a set of oars or a small engine. Click here to order Plans or a complete Kit for my best selling boat. Little Joe has been a hit since I introduced her years ago. Little Joe is not your typical blunt nose pram. I needed a good tender, something I could load up and motor out that would not spin like a top when we got into the current. Little Joe was designed to be a small motor tug for getting out to the mooring, my 2 horse is just right. Click here to order Plans for Little Joe or a kit so you can build him yourself.

After 40 years there is still no better place to start than Harold H. "Dynamite" Payson. Inspiration mixed with a little common sense...

Terri has set up my message board and I will be watching for your questions and comments. I will also direct some of your questions to friends who are professional boat builders. Click here to view the Message Board and post your question, comment, or boat building experience.

Ira has given us another set of free plans. "The Herring Skiff" and now "The Double Paddle Dory"
The Herring Skiffwhite space...Ira's Dory
Free Boat Plans by Ira Einsteen

Folks have visited this site since September 1998


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Do not copy this stuff for other than personal use. If you would like to use any of the photos, graphics, or text information for any other purpose, please contact me first. I can at times be pretty reasonable... / IDesigns, LLC
55 Westbrook Road - P.O. Box 303

Scotty (Feb, 01) Those of you who have been here before will see that after 2+ years, I have finally re-built my website . I have some more stuff to put up in the near future, but for now this will have to do. You will find most of the old stuff mixed in with the new stuff ...but it's less of a mess than it was before!

The Intimidator

If anything, and if Earnhardt was still here to tell us today, he'd probably walk over to Marlin, put his arm around his shoulder, give him that famous Dale Earnhardt smile and say,
"Well heck, Sterling, don't worry about it. That's racin'."
Good-bye Dale, it wasn't supposed to happen this way...

(text taken from quotes in news reports)