This 14′  (LOA 13′ 6″) runabout is one of the many designs by William D. Jackson from the 1950’s.


Back in 1959, the plans for this boat were advertised for $1.00.


A copy of the plans for this boat is right here (playboy.pdf).

This particular design is one of many very similar craft. These runabouts were around 13′ – 15′ long with various seating arrangements. 2-Stroke engines from 10hp to 50hp+ were used (1957).

In the late 1950’s and the 1960’s a large number of these boats were produced in fibreglass and sold as Playboys (by Larson, Chris Craft, McKenzie, …). Others had essentially the same design, but were sold under different names.  Here is a an example  of an 14′ Imperial Greyling (by Dunphy, March 1959).


Many of these boats, both in wood and in fibre-glass, have been restored over the years. More recently, a number of new boats have been built in plywood from the original plans. Some of the construction methods are typically altered when modern materials are introduced. For example, glueing with epoxy reduces the number of fasteners (screws and nails), and covering at least some of the plywood with glass cloth makes for a much stronger and longer lasting boat. The sawn deck beams and the stem could be replaced by smaller laminated scantlings to save some weight.

Some builders have increased the length of the boat by 12-15″ in order to get a bit more room in the front cockpit. Here is a recently constructed 15-footer (in this picture, the fit-out had not been completed).

A Playboy, with a length of 15′, a beam of 76″, and a 25–30hp 4-stroke, would make a nice little boat … let’s go.