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  • LENGTH - 20' (Can be scaled to 30' or 40' by changing the scale of the drawing)
  • BEAM - 6' 6"
  • EMPTY WEIGHT - 700 lbs
  • DRAFT - 8 1/2"
  • BALLAST - 320 lbs (Steel Centerboard)
  • SAIL AREA (20') - 325' 2"
  • SLEEPS - 2 Adults
  • DAY SAIL - 4 Adults
  • BUILDING TECHNIQUE - Stitch and Glue
  • MATERIAL - 3/8" and 1/4" Plywood, Epoxy
  • WHAT YOU RECEIVE (PDF)- Plans and Manual sent by E-Mail. Take to a printer and have them printed out.
  • PRICE PDF- $85.00




  • 1. Ease of construction.
  • 2. Low cost.
  • 3. Easily driven under minimal sail.
  • 4. Wide flaring bow keeps spray down and helps carry sail, reaching and running.
  • 5. If left light weight, she could be made to plane by letting the bottom protrude past the chine's for a few inches, for about 4' at the stern.
  • 6. Good looking.


  • 1. Tender - the 20' size would need a 320 lb. steel centerboard for ballast.
  • 2. The wide flaring bow will pound, when heeled and moving fast against steep seas.


Flyaway uses her unique construction technique, folded plywood, to form a boat whose shape is far superior to any other I've seen. The same building technique is ironically one of the easiest to build, but very hard to design. Because she can be easily built of plywood-no lofting, molds, forms or frames necessary - I feel that she's the best design for anyone who doesn't want to shape a hull into compound curves. (Words of Designer, Warren C. Bailey).


The genius of Flyaway is that it uses the stiffness of plywood to form a streamline shape by folding plywood into a hull shape. What makes Flyaway unique is that the chine runs from the base of the stern-post to the top of the sheer line. Study the three pieces that make up Flyaway's hull and you will quickly see how these simple shapes combine to form a complex, and highly streamline hull.

Another great advantage of a folded plywood boat is that the technique makes a true monologue structure. This means that all of the loads placed on the hull are carried by the skin, making for a very clean and simple structure wish is easy to maintain. In fact, the only reason for bulkheads in Flyaway is to provide hard points to support high load items like the mast, and to make it possible to enclose the cabin.

This lack of structure also makes Flyaway extremely easy to build. You simply transfer the shape of the panels from the plans to plywood panels, using a simple connect the dots technique. You then stitch and glue the panels together. Then apply epoxy fiberglass tape on the inside and two layers of 9oz. cloth on the outside and hull is just about done. Bulkheads, deck and cabin are epoxied in place after the hull is complete.

Another nice feature about Flyaway is that the shape lends itself well to different sizes. By simply changing the scale on the plans the boat can be built from 10' to 40' in ten foot increments. The 10' size would make a great rowing/sailing tender, the 20-30-40' sizes will make great coastal cruisers to fit different life styles and pocket books. You could even use a 10 foot Flyaway as a tender for a larger version.

Flyaway has a wide range of stability, and is very strong, making her a very safe boat. If you let the back of her forward hull panel extend about 6' past the chine's in the stern, Flyaway can easily be made to plane. Flyaway is a breakthrough boat for home builders. With Flyaway you can easily and inexpensively build a no compromise boat that combines both high performance with good looks.

The plans for Flyaway consist of panel expansions for the hull pieces, a deck expansion, sail plan and mast tabernacle detail, centerboard trunk detail. Also included is plans for a Warren C. Bailey designed inboard sail drive. Interior design is left up to the builder, as most have their own ideas of how they want the inside of their boat.


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