Build a simple wooden boat plans. these plans are called the "anyone’s boat", because as they claim, anyone can build it. you can power it with oars or outboard.. 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".. Begin your search for wooden boat plans here! thousands of builders have assembled chesapeake light craft boats from scratch with these plans. you might already have a stash of marine grade plywood and epoxy, or it might just be your preference to build the whole boat from the keel up..