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Specializing in wood and wood/epoxy construction

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Olga 28

"We build boats for personal reasons. Some do it for the building experience, some for the aesthetic enjoyment of a gorgeous work of art when completed, and some for the delight of using the boat. If your prime focus is in creating a cost-effective way to get afloat and cruising, the Olga 28 will do you proud."
From a design review by Robert W. Stephens. Olga 28 -- Simplicity in a Salty Package. WoodenBoat (240), Sept/Oct 2014 pp. 112-115.


Olga 28 under construction by Paul Kessinger


Olga 28 (outboard version)

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 (65 hp is recommended for a top speed of about 12 knots). She can handle additional power if more speed is desired. An inboard diesel with a sail drive can also be fitted.
LOA                                28'
LWL                                26' - 11"
Beam                               8'  - 6"
Displacement                  5000 lbs



The Olga 28 was reviewed in WoodenBoat #240, (Sept/Oct 2014). Here's a bit of what Robert W. Stephens had to say in his review, entitled "Simplicity in a salty package" :
 When I first set eyes on the Olga 28, I immediately though of several boats drawn by the Atkin family. ...Never ones to waste time, material or money, the Atkins drew boats that made the best use of simple, easily available building stock and power plants, that went together in the fastest time possible within the constraints of delivering safe, seaworthy and useful watercraft. ... [designs intended to] exude the confident air of a salty boat of solid workboat origins with a serious, traditional sheerline and attractive massing of superstructure--in short ... they must look good. Smaalders's Olga 28 is heir to this legacy.

... We build boats for personal reasons. Some do it for the building experience, some for the aesthetic enjoyment of a gorgeous work of art when completed, and some for the delight of using the boat. If your prime focus is in creating a cost-effective way to get afloat and cruising, the Olga 28 will do you proud."
Plans are available in both imperial and metric versions


Olga 28 (inboard diesel)


Above: the first Olga under construction in Germany by Friedbert Hennemuth

Below: an Olga under construction in Connecticut by Paul Kessinger







Olga 28 frames - CNC cutting files can be arranged