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CMD Redwing 18 – A Pretty Bird

  The Redwing 18 from Chesapeake Marine Design fits many of my ideals for a Harbor cruiser / adventure craft.  It can take electric power with the efficient shape of a launch.  You can beach it, and it has berths.  At 18 ft, it should sit inside most garages.  It has a small cabin. I love traditional picnic launches, but I think Boston requires some protection in order to enjoy spring and fall, the most quiet and thus best seasons for boating.   CMD claims it can be built for $5000 in materials, which brings it out of the far reaches of the price stratosphere, where most boats float. Pang. They have the one for sale whose construction was documented over 3 issues of wooden boat magazine. Redwing 18 – Boat Plans and Yacht Designs — Chesapeake Marine Design.


UPDATE: CMD also wrote up a nice summary of choices in electric boat hull shape choices.  Check out the PDF.


  1. David Fengfish Said,

    April 18, 2009 @ 5:52 pm

    Hello; I was just surfing the redwing 18 and came upon your page. I am building a redwing 18 even as we mail..( not an easy job ….typing and sawing at the same time…)I am enjoying the build and my wife and I will use it to explore the Inter coastal waterway … the New York and cross Florida chanals. I like the “Live on the Trailer” aspect of the Redwing 18.When we are ready to explore…the Redwing is ready to go. thanks for your time…I live in York Pa..
    David F.

  2. Jim Keenan Said,

    May 9, 2009 @ 6:25 pm

    I am in the final stages of construction of a Redwing 18, I completely satisfied with the build. Actually got in thr water today and found it to be a little high in th eboe. I will be adding weight to the bow to level he out. All in all a very pretty boat, that I will use in and around south eastern MA and RI. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

  3. Mike Abernethy Said,

    August 17, 2009 @ 12:08 pm

    I am starting to build the Redwing 18 and look forward to using it to cruise the small lakes and rivers of WV and VA.

    Info I have found suggest some ballast for the Redwing cabin unless you have it full of gear and supplies for a trip.
    You may want to load it up with gear or the equivalent weight before adding any permanent ballast.