Curlew 20

Curlew20_3wayThe Curlew 20 is a new design done as a very simple and approachable powerboat capable of being the perfect companion to adventures on the water. Originally designed for Florida waters, I think she would fit in just about anywhere. Built as an open boat, a variety of other concepts and options can be worked into this relatively simple hull, all of them allowing the builder and boatman to tailor this vessel to suit their own needs and desires. She is on the narrow side being very similar to the Pangas of Mexico and the Caribbean that I am very familiar with. As a fishing boat on the bonefish flats, she really shines with a casting deck built into the forward area of the boat where you have plenty of room to keep your feet under you while standing up to cast into the clear waters.

Power can be up to a 90 horsepower outboard but keep in mind this hull does not need a lot of horsepower to be driven economically at a good clip over the water. There is a center console arrangement that helps keep the helmsman in an area of the boat with excellent visibility and control.

To understand the Curlew 20 in greater detail, read Sam’s design notes.

The Curlew 20 is available in study and construction plans.



Curlew 20 Specifications

Length 20 ft. – 1 in. LOD
Beam 6 ft. – 3 in.
Draft 8.5 in. outboard up
Displacement 1600 lbs.
Power Outboard up to 90hp
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4 thoughts on “Curlew 20

  1. Hello Sam,

    a couple of questions about the Curlew 20. Does she use bulkheads or stringers in her design.? What is the dry weight of the hull?

    Best regards,


    • Hi John: She uses longitudinal and athwartships bulkheads in her construction, a laminated sheer clamp and then normal stitch and glue planking. regards Sam

  2. Hi Sam,
    Question on power plant. The notes mention 90 HP max. Is this based on weight? I’m a huge fan of the new E-Tec G2 by Evinrude but those only come in 150 or greater. They weigh about 500lbs (230kg). Any feedback would be great!
    Thank you,

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