Study plans are available for some of these designs – remember a study plan gives you more details and a wood materials list usually on two a1 sheets. A scow, in the original sense, is a flat-bottomed boat with a blunt bow, often used to haul bulk freight; cf. barge. the etymology of the word is from the dutch. Looking for "towboat kits? there’s only a few kits to choose from and also a small number of "basic hull – kits" too. and there are sets of plans from.