A site for home boat builders

Tips, ideas and inspiration for building your own boat. Have a look around, you will find lots of photos and information on boat building – large and small. A website built to accompany the YouTube series on the building of Tokyo Express.

My story – how I built Tokyo Express a 40ft Catamaran plus, some smaller boats I have built. Small boat plans are also available on the plans page with more to come. Check out the blog section for more ideas and stories.

The YouTube Channel

Click here to go to the YouTube Channel where it all began. There are lots of videos on boats!

Tokyo Express

A 12m cruiser/racer catamaran – 2 yrs & 9 mths to build – launched 15th August 1997. Details of the build.

Small boats

Small boats you can build in your garage.  A good family project and a way to get a taste of boat building. See how they were built.


Plans to build your own small boat. Perfect for the first time builder. Build notes, material lists, detailed template drawings & more.
Where to start
Building your own boat and sailing off over the horizon, is a dream that lives inside many. Well at least that’s the impression I get from the many people I met while building Tokyo Express (TE) and the feedback now from the videos on YouTube.  After years of dreaming, at 39 years of age I finally turned that dream into reality with the launching of Tokyo Express. This website is about my journey.
You don’t need to spend big money on expensive kits or
exotic materials to build a boat. You don’t need expensive tools or a degree in engineering either. I fabricated most of the parts and systems on Tokyo Express (TE) from scratch. Steering system, steering wheel, doors, hatches, fore beam, catwalk, daggerboard, rudders, engine mounting, generator, electrical system and plumbing.

Even the mast I bought as a kit. I had more time than money so I built everything I could. There were no exotic materials used and yet I ended up with a robust, lightweight and extremely competitive boat that was lighter than a typical production boat.

If I hadn’t been designing and redesigning many parts of the boat, learning for the first time how to do things and building a shed, the boat would have been finished a lot quicker.

On the “Tokyo Express” page you will find an overview of the steps I took building TE. It gives you a look at what lays ahead if you are thinking of starting a similar project. It was a lot of work but it was also the most rewarding project I have undertaken. It was well worth the sweat and tears.  Please feel free to look around here and send an email or comment if you have questions.

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