16' Melonseed

1 review

Sale price$90.00


Lapstrake-plywood daysailer with a shapely wineglass transom, unstayed sprit rig, and wide, flat, keels, for easy trailering.

Designed by Marc Barto from lines of Howard Chapelle

LOA - 16'
LWL - 15' 2"
Beam - 4' 10"
Draft (cb up) - 4"
(cb down) - 2"
Weight - about 250 lbs.
Sail Area (gaff) - 90 sq. ft.
Construction: Lapstrake (6mm) plywood planking over steam bent frames (alternative: 1/4 bead and cove with a 1/8" veneer overlay, so cold-molded)
No lofting is required
Skill level: Intermediate
Plans include 7 sheets, plus 4 pages of additional notes from the designer.

Click here for: MATERIALS LIST.

Please note: this plan is considered an intermediate skill level. It may be that advanced skills are helpful. Although we've offered these plans since the 1990s, it has recently been brought to our attention there are some discrepancies in some measurements. Most builders have worked around that. The best way to handle the discrepancies: loft.

We've decided to continue to offer the plans because many beautiful boats have been built and sailed. If you choose this design there is a wealth of knowledge about it online in various blogs, on the WoodenBoat Forum and two sites under the "Building Projects" section of our RESOURCES page. You'll find true inspiration there.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Joseph Cast
Sufficiently complete set of plans

I like the plans. The 7 pages of plans and 3 pages of build instructions are adequate provided you possess enough boat building knowledge to find the discrepancies. Some of the hand-written numbers on the plans are difficult to read. The build instructions are fairly basic so you get to work out many of the details yourself, hence the joy of boat building! Recommend that before you begin, you take enough time to study the plans in order to discover the few discrepancies, as the description implies. The intermediate skill level that is required seems fairly accurate.

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