The 12ft sailing dinghy 'Riff' Design #136. Simple to build and simple to sail, Riff is one of our most popular designs.

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.




Coming Soon!

"PLANS & DREAMS: 23 ready-to-build boat designs," a new book by Paul Gartside, will be released in early November. 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. Watch this space for further announcements and ordering details.




The September/October issue of Water Craft magazine contains full plans of the 43ft Steel Motor Sailer, Design #200.  The six sheets of scale drawings for this plan are available by digital download for the special price of C$100.00 (regular list price is C$600.00). These pdf files may be printed to scale at any good copy shop. Sheet size is 36ins x 24ins. This offer lasts until October 31st 2014 when the plans revert to regular list price.

 Click here to purchase plans of Design #200 the 43ft Motor Sailer


Free Boat Plans

WaterCraft 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, WaterCraft is the magazine for you.

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