North Sea 29

Beckon under sail in the San Juan Islands of Washington. I'm on the cabin top enjoying the ride, and builder Richard Beck is at the helm.

The North Sea 29 is a cruising cutter originally designed for sailing in the rough North Sea. She's a substantial boat that should prove a very capable ocean cruiser. She offers excellent stability and the promise of good performance, while the centerboard will make it easy to escape crowded anchorages or explore shallow cruising grounds. Plans for the NS29 include computer generated offsets with no lofting needed. No building molds are used — four laminated ring frames plus bulkheads provide the mold over which the strip planking is fastened. The strips are then covered by two layers of 1/8"/3mm veneer.

A Bermudan rig is available as an option, as is a steel ballast box that simplifies the ballast pour. Beckon, the first NS29 to be launched, is off cruising (in Mexico as of early 2021), and another boat is building in Belgium.

North Sea 29 Specifications

North Sea 29

North Sea 29 with long cabin trunk

Images below courtesy of Jan Saey, who is building an NS29 in Belgium


All plans are sold as PDFs. These are high-resolution files, and the same as I would use to print the drawings if I were to send paper copies. Why PDFs? Because this eliminates the cost and hassle of shipping, and allows you to print extra copies as needed during the build (and you will need to after a few epoxy, 5200, and coffee spills). They can be printed at most good copy shops.

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Study plans - just $10

If you're seriously interested I encourage you to order study plans. These include 10 sheets of drawings (sent as high-resolution PDFs. exactly the same as the building plans), and the construction guide, all for just $10.

These will be emailed to you, usually within 24 hours of your order.

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Building plans - $400

The plans for the North Sea 29 include 21 sheets and a construction guide with text and photos.

These are high resolution pdf files, and I will email them to you, usually within 24 hours of your order.

Choose building plans using the drop down menu at right, select your payment option.