A pair of boats from our catalogue. The 22 ft cutter Surprise, design #131, with the 10 ft double ended
dinghy design #105


Design #191 the 17 ft yawl Sowelu built by Tim Loftus of Bristol UK is one of 23 plans contained in
Plans & Dreams Volume 1.


Full plans for the 16ft plywood runabout, design #204 can be found in the March/April 2015
issue of Water Craft magazine. See details of a special offer on these plans opposite.


Paul Gartside Ltd. is a small custom boat-building shop based in the historic seaside community of Shelburne, Nova Scotia. We build in wood, using traditional or modern methods, and exclusively to our own designs. Visit the Custom Boatbuilding pages to see photographs of a variety of boats as they took shape in our workshop.

If you are interested in building a boat for yourself visit the Stock Plans pages, where you will find a wide range of boat plans that may be purchased on line. While these are professional plans, they are heavily detailed with the home builder in mind, and there are choices appropriate for every skill level. Check back now and then to see new Stock Plans as they become available. Browsing can also give you an introduction to the range of boat types and styles we can build for you here in Shelburne.

Finally, we are always interested in Custom Design projects. If the character of boats you find on these pages appeals, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss the possibilities.





PLANS & DREAMS: 23 Ready-to-Build Boat Designs, a new book by Paul Gartside, is finally available for purchase. It's a big, beautiful book, containing a collection of complete plan sets (with detailed technical information), as well as essays from Water Craft magazine on all aspects of boatbuilding.

Bonus! Everyone who buys Plans & Dreams: 23 Ready-to-Build Boat Designs will receive a 50% Discount on unlimited digital-downloads — for one year — from our online construction-plan catalog! Click on the link below for info on the Half Price Plans.

Click here to order PLANS & DREAMS VOL 1.




The January/February issue of Water Craft magazine contains full plans for the 6.1 metre daysailer 'Terror', Design #203. The five sheets of scale drawings for these plans are available by digital download for the special price of C$75.00 (regular list price is C$360.00). These pdf files may be printed to scale at any good copy shop. Sheet size is 36 in. x 24 in. This offer lasts until February 28th 2014 when the plans revert to regular list price.

 Click here to purchase plans of Design #203


Free Boat Plans

Water Craft magazine from the United Kingdom now publishes a complete set of Paul Gartside boat plans in every issue. Subscribers can build right from the pages of the magazine. Whether you are a compulsive builder or simply enjoy studying boat drawings, Water Craft is the magazine for you.

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