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Welcome to Shoestring Shipyard!

MT125Shoestring Shipyard was born out of a need; catering to the niche market of boat plans specifically designed for the novice, first time, home boat builder. This was back in 1997 and was a subsidiary of my full time vessel design office on Cape Cod. We went on-line in 1998 and the business thrived, with pre-cut boat building kits, materials kits, weekend boat building classes, and other services offered in addition to plans and book sales.

In 2004, I closed my design practice, sold my property on Cape Cod, and our family moved to Downeast Maine. Since Shoestring Shipyard was largely a separate on-line business, I kept it going but reduced the size and scope of the operation, limiting sales to just boat plans and how-to books on how to build each specific design. It’s no longer a full time occupation for me. Shoestring Shipyard has been relegated to a part time, hobby business, maintained simply out of personal interest by helping first-timers experience the joy of boat building with wood materials.

I’ve since retired from my profession as a marine engineer and naval architect. Once settled in Maine, I heard a higher calling and aspired to a loftier goal – to become a farmer! If you are curious about what takes place around these parts, visit Downeast Thunder Farm & Railroad or my wife’s blog, Downeast Thunder Farm. Our latest venture is Downeast Coastal News. Of course, my original boat plans and books for the novice builder are still available right here. Thanks for visiting. – Paul B.

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