Independence seaport museum has an impressive collection of small craft plans that are available for study and copies for purchase.. 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. All boat design is a matter of trade-offs with skippers picking their favorite features to take precedence over other limiting factors. and so the pocket cruiser.