About Playboy MkII
Playboy MkII is a modernised boat, based on the original design of Playboy by William Jackson. The design is for an outboard powered, open utility runabout with seating for up to 6 people. Playboy is a great little boat, a perfect first time boat build that can be done in a garage sized workshop. The end result will leave you with a sensibly sized boat that can be easily trailered, manoeuvred and launched but is still big enough for day trips with the family.
After building my own version of Playboy in 2012 we used the boat quite extensively on lakes, rivers and the sea. The hull is a lovely stable design that will allow you to stand on her side deck as you get in the boat without it wanting to throw you out! Space is great in Playboy, particularly for such a small boat, we often did river trips in her with 6 people on board which is good going for a 13ft boat I would say! The aft bench seat layout allows the diver access to the engine even if there are 6 people on board. The space up the middle also allows ample space for gear such as Skis.
Playboy MkII is much the same as the original design. I have made several small corrections to the measurements of frame heights, but other than that the hull and general layout is as per the original. There are several parts that I have improved upon from the original plans, particularly with respect to modern manufacturing methods. All of the seat supports are a little more styled than the original ones and are notched into the frames to give a positive alignment when building the boat.
This boat is available to purchase as a plan, kit or a complete finished boat. Details of each are listed below.
Scale Model Plan Set
The scale plans come in 1:5 and 1:12 and are quite basic in form. They contain full size outlines for each frame and the keel, as well as patterns for bottom, sides and deck skins. There are no drawn cutouts for battens or boat structure, so the details of assembly method and structure will need to be decided by the builder. This plan set contains full size PDF files for the parts so that they can be printed and used as paper patterns or CNC/Laser cut.
Boat Building Plan Set
The plan set is for a plywood skinned version of Playboy MkII. It contains an illustrated document showing assembly of the parts and a SketchUp Model for referencing the general assembly and location of all components. DXF files for all components are pre nested onto sized panels ready for sending straight to the manufacturer or timber supplier. Files are supplied in digital format only and are available to download directly at the checkout.
License – This plan set is licensed for single personal use only. Not for resale or commercial production, please contact me if you would like more information regarding commercial licensing.
Boat Building Kit
A complete boat building kit for building your own plywood version of Playboy MkII including the following:
- CNC cut Sapele frame components
- CNC cut Gaboon plywood gussets and skins
- CNC cut MDF form and alignment parts
- CNC cut frame construction board
- Long timbers including battens, chines and keel
- Strongback timbers
- Consumables kit of screws, epoxy, paint and varnish
Please note that due to the size of the timbers provided the kits are only available for collection from my workshop.
Ordering a Finished Boat
A complete, finished boat can be supplied, all of my boats are built to order by myself to the highest standards. Hulls are of cold moulded construction offering the end user a modern, low maintenance wooden boat that will give many years of pleasure, a turn away from the reputation of wooden boat hulls of the past. Boats are supplied ready to go, set up on a custom SBS road trailer with covers, ropes, fenders and everything you will need to get you going.
A wide specification range is available for this boat and this is one that should be discussed in detail. For more information and to discuss the possibility of a new boat build please contact me.