EDIT 6-Aug-2010: These designs are now available!
A couple of new designs are almost ready to leave my drawing board. The Almaguin 400 and 500 are versatile 4- and 5-metre utility runabouts, designed with cottagers, anglers and day trippers in mind.
When heavily loaded (190 and 415 kg “official recommended” capacities, respectively), they will be versatile working boats, capable of hauling heaps of crew and gear on inland lakes, rivers and protected coastal waters. After offloading the cargo and surplus crew, and opening the throttle, they will act more like racing hulls- capable of towing waterskiers and pushing 30-knot speeds in flat water. (Being high-sided, they present too much windage to keep up with real racing hulls in calm water.) They are built in taped-seam plywood, and do not require elaborate jigs or high-precision carpentry. They should offer a smoother and drier ride in rough conditions than many of their mass-produced aluminum counterparts.
The interior layout will be up to the builder, although a few possible options will be suggested on the plans. Either of the Almaguins can be built with a centre console, side console or tiller steering, with longitudinal or transverse seating (or even a very small cabin) as the builder desires. The full bulkheads shown in the renderings below can be cut down to suit the chosen layout (provided, of course, that the remainder of the bulkhead is adequately reinforced).
These two will be added to my stock plans page later this month, once the final drawings are complete. Interested potential builders are encouraged to contact me for further details.