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My work is centered on attending to the intersection of perception and creativity. Complexity cannot be reduced to any given certainty. Learning is Central: Sharing our gifts, Working together, Teaching and learning in reciprocity. Entering into shared Inquiry, Maintaining these practices as a way of life. Let’s work together to build practices, strengthen dialogue, and discover and develop community. Let me know how we might work together.

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    1. Sorry it’s taken so long to answer.

      At the present time I don’t have any stock plans available. I can no longer support my old CAD-based designs and am starting to hand-draw a few of these designs – including Small. The new plans will not include full-sized patterns and will need to be lofted.

      I don’t know when new plans will be ready.

      Thank you for your interest,


  1. a lovely boat – sweet plumb bow, clean & strong. I’d love to see one close up but don’t know where or if that’s possible (I’m in the NYC area)? The Perry review mentioned something about a kit but I cannot find another mention of this… I would also be interested in plans. And I’d appreciate hearing what you think about stretching her out a bit, guessing that I have a good foot on Jenny? She looks so perfectly matched to the 14 footer. Thank you –


    1. Peter,

      Thanks for your interest in Small. I’m not in touch with any Small owners just now. One recently sold….

      The kit never came to be.

      I am working on an enlarged version, yet to be named. It will be designed at 15′ and could be built as a 14 footer or a 16″ footer by adjusting the mold spacing.

      This design will be hand-drawn and will require lofting. Construction details will be for traditional lapstrake construction. I expect to have the design ready sometime in March.

      Let me know if this interests you.



      1. Hi Tony, the Small is a BEAUTIFUL boat!….I’d love to have a set of plans.

        I can help if you need to convert older CAD drawings to new formats, …I work with CAD all day everyday.




  2. Antonio,

    Thank you for the reply. Sorry & and a bit surprised to learn the kit never took off. But if your new design shares any of Small’s lovely, clean new/old aesthetics, I look forward to see what you’re drawing up. My ability to build her is another thing altogether given that I have zero experience & little understanding of what’s even involved skill, material and time-wise in a traditional lapstrake construction… but pretty certain it would require a few major steps up from my current abilities.

    And thanks also for the writings – yours & others – one finds among the various links, all good reads.



  3. Antonio,
    I am just now completing my SMALL having started it as a “gopher/apprentice” to Bill Clements in 2006 in his shop. We completed the lapstrake hull, including painting, and I brought it home to finish out the interior.
    It sat in my garage for the next 9 years. I have many excuses.
    I finally hooked up with the guys at Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury MA and they built floorboards, seats, foredeck, gunwales, and spars. I did the painting and varnishing and built the rudder. I opted for a conventional marconi rig in place of the gunter (though I was really tempted to stick with the gunter), and made some other modifications from the original design: main sheet blocks are in the center of the boom, eliminating the aft traveler; eliminated the knees for the seats and foredeck (I think it will be quite strong enough, but maybe not as distinctive). I have not decided on a boom vang, or cleats fore and aft for dock lines. Also, I read somewhere (in connection with you) that the kick-up rudder can be adjusted “up” or “down” merely by tightening the swivel bolt just the right amount to provide adequate friction. If that works okay, I won’t have to add retaining lines on the rudder.
    I used bronze where possible: blocks from Jim Reineck, rudder hardware from Davey, gooseneck from Pert Lowell. Sails are from Steve Thurston/Quantum Sails in RI.
    The boat really does look very nice and I’m looking forward to sailing it this year. Thanks for a great design and a very pretty boat.
    Keith Myles


  4. For 13 years I have been building Small in my garage. Thanks to Antonio for sending me replacements for the original plans caught in a rainstorm. The hull (strip-plank cedar) and seats and deck and knees and centerboard and rudder are done. I am varnishing the spars today. I am seeking advice on rigging.

    Did you use a sail track on the mast, with sliding goosenecks on the boom and sprit?
    If so, where can I get bronze goosenecks of the appropriate sizes?
    How did you attach the luff of the mainsail to the sprit?
    What kind of fitting did you use at the top of the mast for the shrouds, forestry, and jib halyard block?
    Where did you find the bronze hardware for the traveler bar?

    -Jim Lengel, Portsmouth, Rhode Island


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