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Angus Rowboats is the premier producer of performance rowboat plans and kits. Our boats are expedition tested and have broken records including fastest time around Vancouver Island and first boat under 20' in the Race to Alaska (R2AK).

Our unique, expertly crafted boat designs include boats geared for expeditions, racing, sailing, camping and teaching boating to children. Amateur and experienced boat builders from around the world have built Angus Rowboats designs.


expedition rowboat boat plans and boat kits
Expedition Rowboat

Expedition Rowboat

This boat is seaworthy, fast (can sprint over 8 miles per hr), comfortable and capable of carrying supplies for a month-long unsupported expedition. The decked hull keeps water out in rough weather and it tracks well in all conditions. This vessel was used in a 4,300 mile journey from the north of Scotland to Syria that was documented in the book Rowed Trip: From Scotland to Syria by Oar and set a record for fastest time around Vancouver Island.

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Length: 18 feet (5.49 m)

Weight: 85 lbs (38.5 kg)


Sailing RowCruiser boat plans and boat kits
Sailing RowCruiser

Sailing RowCruiser

The Sailing RowCruiser is a fast versatile boat that can be used as a sailboat, rowboat or both. This sailing system uses a trimaran setup that has been carefully designed so the sliding seat rowing system is not impeded by the amas (outriggers) or the sailing rig. It is stable and fast, easily reaching speeds of 12 knots sailing. WIth its comfy cabin and roomy cockpit, this is an ideal boat for a day on the water or a multi-day voyage.

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Length: 19 feet (5.7 m)

Weight: 220 lbs (99.8 kg)




RowCruiser Boat Plans and Boat Kits
RowCruiser Rowboat


The Cruising Rowboat offers comfortable, 100% weathertight sleeping accommodation along with exceptional performance. This boat is ideal for the long-distance rower who doesn't want to struggle setting up camp each night. At the end of a long day exploring, simply drop the anchor in a sheltered cove and your accomodation awaits. This unique vessel will turn heads wherever you go.

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Length: 19 feet (5.7 m)

Weight: 148 lbs (67.2 kg)



Cambridge Racer boat plans
Cambridge Racer

Cambridge Racer

The Cambridge Racer is a performance rowing shell designed specifically for speed. It is fastest in calm conditions, however, is shaped to perform well in open water conditions for advanced rowers. Attributes that allow this rowing shell to move easily through the water include a long waterline length, narrow beam, minimal wetted area (through strategic shaping and a rounder hull with six panels), light weight and low windage.

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Length: 23 feet 3 inches (7.09 m)

Weight: 38 lbs (17.2 kg)



Bumblebee Sailboat boat plans and boat kits
Bumblebee Sailboat

Bumblebee Sailboat

The Bumblebee is a motor sailor for the pint-sized mariner. This boat is perfect for kids aged 2-5, and is the only boat on the market that allows children this young to learn to sail. Our goal was not only to develop a sailboat suitable for young children, but also to develop a system that appeals to their sense of learning. Learning to sail with the Bumblebee relies on the process of play and learning through trial and error instead of commands or instructions.

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Length: 4 feet 6.5 inches (1.39 m)

Weight: 21 lbs (9.5 kg)



oxford wherry boat plans and boat kits
Oxford Wherry Rowboat

Oxford Wherry

For those looking for classic wooden beauty combined with modern performance and functionality, this is the boat for you.  Weighing only 53 lbs, this boat is fast, seaworthy and can be used as a multi-day touring craft, a family boat, an exercise tool or a decoration for your property.  It can be set up for fixed or sliding seat rowing, or even paddled as a canoe.  Three adults can comfortably be accommodated. The hull is shaped for stability and speed while flotation chambers provide additional safety.  Gunwales and trim are true mahogany and the seats are made from western red cedar.  Gorgeous!

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Length: 15 feet 10 inches (4.88 m)

Weight: 53 lbs (27 kg)



Sliding Seat and Rigger plans and kits
Sliding Seat and Rigger System

Sliding Seat and Rigger System

This simple and robust rowing system is half the cost and weight of standard drop-in units. It is designed to work with all our boats, and many other vessel designs such as canoes or CLC rowing craft. It allows you to use a classic wooden rowing system in your boat instead of a metal frame or curved laminate rigger, which is notorious for having too much flex for effective rowing. This rowing system has proven to be robust and effective. It has been rigorously tested, rowing more than 10,000 miles, often in extreme conditions, without failure.

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Weight (with carbon fiber seat): 14 lbs (6.35 kg)

Weight (with maple seat): 16 lbs (7.25 kg)



wooden oars plans and oar kits
Hollow Shaft Wooden Sculling Oars

Hollow Shaft Wooden Sculling Oars

Hollow-shaft spoon-blade sculling oars are a beautiful match for your wooden boat. These oars are an economical and gorgeous alternative to fiberglass/carbon oars. The shaft is constructed to the same specs that have been developed by top engineers, and tried and tested for decades in the competitive racing world. We have, however, tweaked the blade shape and design to simplify construction as much as possible. Most importantly, we have spent months dissecting the build process, distilling it into a simple step-by-step method that can be accomplished by first time oar builders.

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Weight (pair): 4.5 lbs (2 kg)



Sailing Conversion System for rowboat or canoe plans
Sailing Conversion System for Rowboat or Canoe

Sailing Conversion System for Canoe/RowCruiser

Convert your canoe or rowboat into a sailboat. This system uses a trimaran setup with two ammas (outriggers) providing stability as well as a removeable daggerboard. Care has been taken to make a system that is strong and light, and strategies such as our hollow akas ensure we achieve both. The retractable rudder and innovative steering system ensure that you can easily maneuvor vour boat.

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