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Redwing 18


Length: 18'-6"
Beam: 6'-6"
Draft: 1'-0"
Weight: 1200 lbs
Power: 5-10 hp

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  • REDWING 18 (SOLD) - Complete boat, built as part of a how-to article for WoodenBoat Magazine [DOWNLOAD PDF description/photos].

    Redwing 18 REDWING 18 is based on a Chapelle design of traditional construction. I saw a review of the design in WoodenBoat Magazine (No.82) and set to dreaming about a cruise in the backwater marshes of the Chesapeake's Eastern Shore. Many of these back waters are too narrow for a sailboat to tack but are passable with a small power cruiser. I designed a plywood version and included other changes to make her easier to build while keeping the traditional appearance of the Chapelle design.

    This design has proven to be an ideal pocket cruiser to exploring creeks, coves and backwaters at modest expense to build and operate. The motor is enclosed for silent running. She is a handy size and weight for trailering behind most cars. Enjoy a relaxing pace of travel on the water. Speed is 6-9 knots depending on power. Look for a design review in Boat Design Quarterly (No. 1) and a construction How_to article in WoodenBoat magazine (Issues # 179, 180, 181, & 182 - contact the WoodenBoat Store for these past issues.). Included are plans for both a glue and screw construction version (1/2" plywood and epoxy over straight frames), and a new stitch and glue version. Plans include: materials, lines, construction, and arrangement. A full size frame plan is available.

    Estimated cost for quality construction materials (not including power) is $10000. This cost includes a high level of outfit and finish you can be proud of after putting the effort into building this fine boat.

    Redwing 18

    Check out the Practice Model, How-to Booklet and the Redwings For Sale.

    How To Order
    Purchase and Download Study Plans for the REDWING 18 for $5.00 in PDF format (zipped file).
    Purchase "How-To" Booklet instructions for construction of the REDWING 18 for $20.00 for delivery by US Postal Service.
    Purchase Construction Plans for the REDWING 18 for $105.00 for delivery by US Postal Service.
    Purchase Full Size Frame Lofting for the REDWING 18 for $105.00 for delivery by US Postal Service.
    We offer a 30-day from date of purchase no questions asked return refund policy for on-line plan sales. For more ordering information and alternate ordering methods, terms of sale, privacy policy and copyright state.

    *New* Electronic pdf plans.
    Send an e-mail to karl@cmdboats.com with your order to receive an electronic set of construction plans to read on your computer or have printed locally (i.e. at a UPS Store, Office Depot, Staples, etc, that has a wide format printer) instead of USPS mailed hard copy.

    Not ready to buy? e-mail us why at karl@cmdboats.com
    We are interested to know how we can to help you get underway!

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    Severna Park, MD 21146
    Tel: (410) 544-9553
    Email: karl@cmdboats.com