Amateur boat builders

The desire to build a boat is the desire of youth, unwilling yet to accept the idea of a final resting place.
It is for that reason, perhaps, that, when it comes, the desire to build a boat is one that cannot be resisted. It begins as a little cloud on a serene horizon (how very true - BC). It ends up like a cloud covering the whole sky, so that you can think of nothing else. You must build to regain your freedom. And always you comfort yourself with the thought that yours will be the perfect boat; the boat that you may search the harbors of the world for and not find."

Arthur Ransome (Racunda's First Cruise, 1928)

Since 1990 BCA- Demco is the most known company operating in Italy in the field of amateur boat building: to the lovers of DIY we provide boat plans, publications, materials and different services, such as technical assistance and courses.

The catalog of plans BCA Demco includes over 60 plans of boats specially designed for amateur wooden building techniques. Most of the plans are for construction in marine plywood and epoxy resin (stitch and glue or other techniques) or in strip planking. The catalog includes dinghies, rowing boats and canoes from 2.20 m up to 5.50 m in length, motor yachts, multihulls and cabin cruisers up to 12 m in length. Almost all plans are our own design, a few of them are by other Italian yacht designers.

All plans are detailed, complete with building instructions, list of materials and we provide on request free telephone technical assistance during the construction.
The plans are available in English (unless otherwise specified).

The quality of our projects and of our assistance are witnessed by the fact that in almost 20 years many hundreds of plans have been sold and a lot of boats have been built with full satisfaction of our customers.

Boat plans catalog


Building Techniques

In this section you can find, in addition to our BOAT PLANS (that can be bought online with payment through PayPal ®), the COURSES organized by us to introduce the beginners to the basic building techniques and to spread the passion among our future customers. In the archive section we provide a brief explanation of the MAIN TECHNIQUES suitable for the construction of small wooden boats.

If you do not find in our catalog a boat that meets your needs?

You may ask from us an offer for a new plan for DIY.
On request we can make free of charge small changes or alternatives to our existing plans.

Get lost in our Gallery

and let your mind wander from the desire to build a boat! CBuilding a boat is a passion, a little challenge with your selves, a pleasant pastime and intelligent. It 'also, thanks to modern construction techniques, easier than you think.
So why not do it?