Plans for traditional looking wooden sailing and power craft with modern performance. australia.. 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. Phil bolger books, boats & magazine articles some bolger boats build the pirogue 12 (instructions, sorta, and plans) some magazine articles the bolger boat honor roll.