Brasileirinho - Boat Plans

Ocean Rowing kayak

The Brasileirinho is an open sea rowing kayak seaworthy enough to cross an ocean in safety.
Easy to build, plywood/epoxy construction, adopting the ply-glass (thin layer of plywood sheathed with fibreglass) building method. It is a quick and cheap way of building a light and strong boat. Brasileirinho is our contribution for the open sea rowing adepts.

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We opted for a mid-sized (six metres L.O.A) multi-chine mono-block construction, designed with an ergonometric rowing-pit and two water-tight compartments. The Brasileirinho has a skeg in front of a retractable dagger-board rudder to prevent yawing when navigating in running seas, the best arrangement for steering control when conditions deteriorate.

The aft compartment is where the crew accommodations are installed, comprising of a single berth and a compact galley with one-burner stove. The fore compartment is a cuddy for storing equipment and provisions. There are four water ballast compartments under the rowing-pit with the function of enhancing stability when bad weather prevails, and to exert a certain control of trim, when required. These four compartments can be emptied by two manual pumps installed on these tank covers.

Technical Data

Length Overall

6.00 m

Length Waterline

5.78 m


1.60 m


0.26 m

Maximum water ballast

200 kg


760 kg

Fresh water tanks

76 l



List of Plans

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BRAS – S1 – Lines Plan

BRAS – S2 – Deck and Interior Layout

BRAS – S3 – Structural Arrangement

BRAS – S4 – Rudder

BRAS – S5A – Plywood Panels

BRAS – S5B – Cabin Panels

BRAS – S5C – Hull Panels

BRAS – S6A – Transversal Sections

BRAS – S6B –Sections Cutting Plan

BRAS – S7 – Water Transfer System

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