About The Boat
Playboy MkII is a modernised boat plan 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.
CNC Plan Set – The CNC plan set contains an illustrated document showing assembly of the parts and a SketchUp Model for referencing the general assembly and location of all components. All DXF files are pre nested onto sized panels ready for sending straight to the manufacturer or timber supplier.
1/5th Scale Model / RC Plans – The 1/5th scale plans 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.
From time to time I may make alterations to some of the plan sets. This can be anything from small corrections to parts, file formats or complete additions to the design. Once you have purchased a set of plans you will have access to these updates free of charge. If you buy a set of plans but don’t decide to build your boat right away then make sure you get in touch before starting to see if there have been any design revisions. If this is the case I can set up a link for you to download the latest version with any changes included.
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.