RUBY SLIPPER – 23’3″ Daysailer – PLANS

RUBY SLIPPER is 23’ foot daysailer designed for the ambitious amateur builder – someone who has perhaps enjoyed building a simple boat and is ready to step up to a bigger project. Glued lapstrake construction is well-proven as a wonderful method for building small boats. They go together quickly, require less maintenance than traditional wooden boats, and are immune to drying out when stored on a trailer. Although a little more mentally challenging than the stitch & glue method, it swaps a few simple woodworking skills for lots of mind-numbing sanding, and is ultimately quicker and less expensive. And to my eye, the resulting boats are better looking in the bargain!RUBY’S hull is shallow and light, with a long waterline. Generous beam allows for a cockpit that can accommodate a crowd in comfort. A hefty chunk of lead in a NACA foil keel keeps her standing up to her generous sail plan, and will help carry her through fluky spells. Her shallow draft makes her suitable for trailering, and at 2500 pounds, she could be hauled home behind a reasonably-sized car. Her particulars indicate rewarding sailing performance.

Performance aside, RUBY SLIPPER would be a good fit for wobbly old salts like yours truly, who just want to go out for a sail on a lovely Maine summer afternoon. Said mariner might be a tad cantankerous and prefer to sail without the complication of a crew. He needs a boat that is easy to board from the dinghy, and rarely asks him to leave the cockpit. It wants to be big enough to be stable under foot, yet small enough to keep maintenance and handling from becoming a chore. She should go to weather in a smart fashion, be fast enough to provide a thrill and stable enough so that a gimbaled drink holder is rarely wanted. Getting underway should be simple, and if the breeze doesn’t look as promising as expected, there must be room enough for a lovely water cradled nap!


LOA – 23’ 3″
LWL – 21’ 4″
BEAM – 7’ 2″
DRAFT – 2’ 3″ board up, 4’ board down
HULL TYPE – Multi chine, keel/centerboard
SAIL AREA – 233 sq. ft.
CONSTRUCTION – Glued lapstrake plywood
SUITABLE FOR — Somewhat protected waters


Click here to download free study plans for RUBY SLIPPER in PDF format.


PLANS SHEETS:  On eight sheets: sail plan, lines plan, construction plan, ballast plan, joiner details, building jig, full size patterns.
PLANS COST — $400.00 plus S&H. Plans are sent rolled, USPS Priority Mail.

TO PURCHASE PLANS (All prices are in US Dollars):

      • To order online using Paypal’s ordering system (which accepts Visa/MC/AmEx/Discover/eCheck/PayPal), please select one of the buttons below:

        (U.S. orders. $400 + $20 shipping = $420

        (International orders, including Canada. $400 + $65 shipping = US$465

    • You can also send check or money order to Hylan & Brown – Boatbuilders, 10 Frank Day Ln, Brooklin, ME 04616.

Many questions are answered in Frequently Asked Questions. If you do not find the answer you need, please feel free to Contact Doug via email.

Also, see Mike O’Brien’s review of RUBY SLIPPER in WoodenBoat No. 287