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On May 10, 2014, Philip Thiel passed on to that great shipyard in the sky. He lives on in his boat designs and surely smiles down upon all who take pleasure in building and riding in his boats. We have set up a memorial page for him here.

Wooden Boat Magazine has kindly digitalized his plans and offers the Escargot, FriendShip and JoliBoat at discounted prices via their website. (See links below.)

For all other plans please contact:
- In the USA: Kenji Thielstrom (kenji.thielstrom@gmail.com)
- Outside of the USA: Tamiko Thiel (tamiko@alum.mit.edu)

 

Download study plans as pdf: [ pedal powered ] [ outboard ]

 

DESIGN FILE - pedal powered


APHASIA: 15'-4" x 5'6"
Six-place day cruiser - picnic boat with twin SEACYCLE pedal drive units.
Plans: $50 in the USA - other countries on request.
        Description    *    Layout    *    Photos

SKIFFCYCLE: 15'-7" x 3'-9" car-topper
Light single-place day cruiser. One SEACYCLE pedal drive unit.
Plans: $50 in the USA - other countries on request.
        Description    *    Layout    *    Photos


SANPRAM: 12'-4" x 2'-6", draft 2'-3"
Single-place day cruiser with DORYCYCLE v-belt pedal drive and self-made propeller.
Plans: $50 in the USA - other countries on request.
        Description    *    Layout    *    Photos


DESIGN FILE - outboard propulsion


ESCARGOT: 18'-6" x 6'-0" trailerable
Canal and sheltered inland waterways cruiser. Accomodations are for two plus one.
Outboard propulsion - for discontinued pedal-powered version see building record.
Plans: $75 via www.woodenboatstore.com - includes supplemental plans for L'ARK.
        Description   *    Layout    


L'ARK: 18'-6" x 6'-6" trailerable
Variation of ESCARGOT with centerline headroom and berths for four. Outboard propulsion. Free supplement with Escargot plans (see above). If you already have the Escargot plans and just need the supplemental plans for L'Ark, they are $25 in the USA - other countries on request.
        Description    *    Layout


FRIEND-SHIP: 22'-9" x 8'-0" 
For canal-cruising or exploring sheltered inland waters. Outboard propulsion.
Plans: $75 via www.woodenboatstore.com
        Description    *    Layout


JOLIBOAT: 22'-9" x 8'-0" trailerable
For canal cruising or exploring sheltered inland waters. Outboard propulsion.
Plans: $75 via www.woodenboatstore.com
        Description    *    Layout


 

BUILDING RECORD (no plans available)

These plans are either no longer available, or are study sketches that have not yet realized.

ESCARGOT MARK II: 18'-6" x 6'-0" trailerable
Canal and sheltered inland waterways cruiser. Accomodations are for two plus one. Twin SEACYCLE drive units.
        Description   *    Layout     *   Photos   *   Times Article


DORYCYCLE: 16'-0" x 4'-3" trailerable
Grand Banks dory with skeg and outboard rudder, V-belt drive and self-made propeller.
        Description   *    Layout  


SERENDIPITOUS SNAIL: 16'-0" x 5'-3" trailerable
Two-place canal and inland waterways cruiser with twin SEACYCLE drive units.
        Description    *    Layout


SIMS' SKIFF: 21'-0" x 5'-0"      
With a tip of the hat to Jerome K. Jerome's 1889 classic Three Men in a Boat.
        Description    *    Layout


SWEET & SIMPLE SAMPAN: 12'-0" x 4'-0"   
       Layout

 

TECHNICAL MEMO FILE


BUILDING A WOODEN PROPELLER:
Procedure for making a low-speed propeller of epoxied laminated plywood.
        Page 1    *  Page 2    *  Page 3    *  Page 4


RUNNING SPEED TRIALS: The old way, without electronics!
Simple procedure for conducting and plotting progressive speed trials.
        Page 1    *  Page 2

 

T-SHIRTS!

ON THE WATER OR ON LAND: available via online shops in USA & Europe.
T-shirts, bags and mugs with boating logos "Pedal power" and "Serendipitous Snail."
        Description & links to shops  



Philip Thiel  *  Sea/Land Design 2001-2014 by Philip Thiel

Contact: tamiko@alum.mit.edu