Surf Sailer


Surfboard - Sailboat - Motorboat - Paddleboard

Build this paddleboard/surfboard and hit the waves.  This is the orignal design pioneered by Leon Halfon.  It was first used as a life-saving device on the beaches of Israel. Later, Popular Mechanics magazine featured the plans-built version. Plans include six 17 x 22 inch drawings and a 14-page booklet. 


Surf Sailer was originally designed as a life-saving device for lifeguards along the beaches of Israel. Later, modified to accept a sail and an electric outboard motor, it was manufactured and sold in the U.S. as an all-purpose recreational boat. Today, the only way you can get this unique and versatile craft is to build it yourself with this re-publication of the original plans developed for Popular Mechanics magazine.

Surf Sailer’s hull is built around a keel-board, which runs the full length of the craft to establish its shape and provide a stable foundation for the rest of the hull. The hull is skinned with plywood, then covered with fiberglass to seal it from water. Finished weight is about 75 pounds. For an ultra-light version, you can substitute solid urethane foam for the plywood substructure. Plans come complete with instructions and dimensions for the sail.

Additional information

Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 13 × 10 × .25 in
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Printed Plans, CAD Plans, Deluxe Plans

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