In my hunting there have been several other designers and designs that would fit in my "pocket cruiser" category. These either weren’t quite as interesting to me, or I just didn’t find as much about them. Usually for me that means there isn’t as much of a "following" in the online world. This isn’t necessarily indicative of the validity of the design… it may just be one of those hidden gems we all find time-to-time.

A thread on has a log of discussion of similar designs that is worth reading through.

Downeast Cruiser 25 – A nice looking craft with plans from a company geared toward the home builder.

Hercules – a 24′ trailerable cruising yacht. A Glen-L design that has some good references.

Noyo Trawler – another Glen-L design, also 24′. Designed as a commercial fishing or cargo boat, but it has been built with at least two other cabin designs (pictures on their web page).

22ft Motor Cruiser Jennifer – a nice, shippy looking design that has made Alaskan and BC trips, according to the designer, Paul Gartside. Some pictures "as built" are available. Mr. Gartside has a fairly extensive plans catalog with boats from small to large.

Chesapeake Marine Design‘s Puffin 28 – Have seen some references to this, but know little about it. The company has many other designs worth a look also.

Devlin‘s Surf Scoter 25′ is billed as a full sized boat with full size features. Has an 18" draft with the drive unit up. Some pictures of construction are available also. Another designer well worth a look.

The Hilda 26

  • Interesting looking craft. I don’t have much on the designer, John Holtrop, but he has several designs available, and the plans are relatively inexpensive. Construction photos are available at the same link.