Now you can build your dream boat with over 500 boat plans!" master boat builder with 31 years of experience finally releases archive of 518 illustrated, step-by-step boat plans ". master boat builder, martin reid, teaches you how to:. These free to download wooden boat plans (pdf) were first published in magazines such as "popular mechanics", "popular science" and the "boat builder’s handbook".. About dories. dories are one of the few hundreds of year old boat designs to have survived into the 21st century, and for good reason. their sea keeping abilities, slippery shapes, extreme versatility, and ease of construction make them one of the best choices for a first-time or veteran boat builder looking for a great boat able to be built on a budget..