Olga 28

Above,the Olga 28 with an outboard well. Below, The Olga 28 with a transom mounted outboard.

The Boat

The Olga 28 is a trailerable power cruiser constructed with plywood and epoxy. The design was inspired by the classic power boats of the Pacific Northwest, while her construction takes advantage of modern materials to produce a lightweight, easily maintained boat. If you've been considering trailerable trawlers or small tugs, consider the Olga 28. She offers excellent performance and efficiency in a beautiful package.

Olga 28 Luna constructed in Germany by Friedbert and Monika Hennemuth. They fitted the boat with an inboard diesel and sail drive, and will cruise the canals and lakes in Europe. Click arrow for more images.

Olga 28 Tardis constructed by Paul Kessinger. Powered by a 90 HP outboard, she is cruising the US East Coast from Maine to Florida. Click arrow for more images.

The Olga 28 is a fuel-efficient trailerable, v-bottom power cruiser.

She evokes classic power cruisers from the Pacific Northwest, and is designed as the perfect boat for a couple (or a family) to cruise the Puget Sound or Inside Passage to Alaska. She would also be a great boat for cruising in warmer climates, where her spacious pilothouse will provide welcome shelter from the sun. She is built of plywood, over plywood bulkheads, frames and stringers. Builders have the option of using a traditional chine or using epoxy coving and biaxial tape ("liquid joinery" style); bulkheads and interior joinery can also be secured with cleats or epoxy and tape.

Power is supplied by an outboard (90 hp is recommended for a top speed of about 16 knots). The original uses an outboard in a well, and drawings are included for a transom mounted outboard. She can handle additional power if more speed is desired. An inboard diesel can also be fitted, either with a sail drive for lower speeds, or via a v-drive for higher speeds.

LOA: 28'

LWL: 26' - 11"

Beam: 8' - 6"

Disp: 4750 lbs

Light boat: 3600 lbs

Power: 90 hp outboard or 80 hp inboard diesel

Speed: 12-14 knot cruising

Tankage: 70-100 gal fuel, 30 gal water, 30 gal holding

Comfort is important in a coastal cruiser.

The Olga provides berths for 4, 2 in the large forward double, and 2 on the convertible main cabin settee. The settee is raised for a better view while underway, and has generous stowage below. The galley includes sink, stove and refrigerator, while forward there is a private head and separate wash basin. The raised deck gives the Olga a remarkably spacious interior for her size.

Main cabin on Luna

Forward cabin on Tardis.

Building the Olga 28

The Plans

The plans for Olga include 13 sheets (24" x 36") and a 60 page construction guide with text and photos. The slideshow gives a preview of the plans. You can order plans below.

Buying plans

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.

Payment options

  • The simplest: via PayPal, using a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account. Just use the buttons below. Note that you don't need a PayPal account to pay via credit or debit card.

  • Payment by check: I can accept checks in US dollars drawn on US banks. Please send the check to me at the following address: Mark Smaalders Yacht Designs, 244 Heffalump Lane, Lopez, WA 98261 USA. Note: when paying by check, informing me of your order by email (mark@woodenboatdesigns.com) will speed up processing!

  • Bank transfer: I can accept payments in US dollars and a few other currencies. Send me an email if you would like details.

Study plans - just $10

If you're seriously interested I encourage you to order study plans. These include 6 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.

Choose study plans on the drop down menu, and choose your payment option.

Building plans - $500

The plans for Olga include 13 sheets (24" x 36") and a 60 page 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.

Select your power preference (outboard or diesel) using the drop down menu at right.