Messing about on Shell Boats

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Ahoy There Mateys!


Thank you for your interest in Shell Boats. We hope you will enjoy browsing through our latest designs. As always, if any questions remain please feel free to give us a call or email.


Within these pages you will surely find the boat of your dreams. We are especially proud of our customers who, through the thirty plus years we’ve been in business, have built over 900 boats from our kits and plans.  Many customers have enjoyed building these boats with younger family members, further helping to pass on from one generation to the next the traditions and legacy of boating. Shell Boats are sailed the world over and it warms our hearts to know how universal is the love of sailing!


Our intention has always been to provide safe and economical designs for use on the many bays, lakes and rivers available for exploration, relaxation, fishing, and good old family fun. Our car-toppable, or easily trailered boats, afford boating opportunities for today’s situations and certainly make an outing which includes boating easier to accomplish. Our own six children have grown with our boats, and you can be sure all designs have been thoroughly family-tested! Improvements made over the years reflect our determination to build boats with the utmost attention to safety, durability and excellent sailing qualities.


Your comments and photos of you and your finished boat are greatly appreciated. If you find yourself in beautiful Vermont please call to arrange a visit to our shop as there is almost always something interesting being built, and I always enjoy meeting other small boat folks.


Fair Winds,

Fred Shell


The New Exporer, All Purpose
Swifty 12 on the Beach
Swifty 12 Underway
Schooner Cat at rest
Explorer on the beach