With this in mind, Van Gorkom Yacht Design have developed a series of affordable kit plan packages. These packages make it possible for the amateur boat builder or small boatyard to build a high performance one-off racer for a fraction of what a professional high-end custom boat building operation would charge. The VG-6.5 Mini, VG30 Mk2, and the Open30 are now available in kit-plan-package form.

Our comprehensive kit-plan-packages come complete with templating of hull, deck, keel, rudder, and internal structure provided in CAD files. There are step-by-step detailed structural plans covering every facet of the boat i.e. lines, general arrangement, sail/rig plan, deck hardware placement, laminate schedules and detailing, custom metal work details, systems, keel and rudder construction details, water ballast arrangement………it’s all there!

To complement the drawings there is a construction specification that, again, covers every facet of the boat as well as listing materials, material specifications, the construction sequence, hardware schedules and catalogs, etc. In addition, we provide detailed hydrostatic, stability, and weight studies of the boat along with a complete VPP analysis.

One of the key ingredients that turn this kit plan package into a manageable do-it-yourself (and a few good friends) project is the use of the Core-Cell Bead and Cove method of foam core sandwich construction. The Core-Cell product, now under the banner of SP Systems, makes it relatively easy to plank over a grid of erected frames which is then easily faired and skinned to create a smooth surface. The Core-Cell Bead & Cove Planking System is ideal for one-off construction and originated with Andre Bilodeau who has written a comprehensive “how to” manual (supplied as part of the kit).

It really is a complete custom design for a fraction of the cost. In addition, there are add-on options for specific designs, such as a canting keel and dagger board arrangement, a wing mast configuration, twin rudders, and a high-tech structural package for those owners/builders that want to take it to the next level (see the individual kit-plan-packages for details).

This is what you get with the basic kit-plan-package:

(Download the VGYD Kit-Plans article)


  • the hull, deck, cockpit and cabin house framing patterns (CAD templates)
  • the keel and rudder patterns (CAD templates)
  • full size patterns for internal members (CAD templates)

Drawing Booklet (over 40 drawings in an 11″ x 17″ format)

  • the hull, deck, cockpit and cabin house lines plan
  • the keel and rudder lines and structural details
  • a sail/rig plan, hardware schedule and details
  • a structural package for composite construction (easy to understand construction plans and laminate schedules)
  • the interior and systems arrangements
  • the deck arrangement and details including a detailed hardware schedule

Design Booklet

  • a detailed weight study
  • complete hydrostatics and hydrodynamics
  • a detailed VPP analysis
  • a comprehensive specification outlining all aspects of the boat
  • specifications on structural products
  • specifications on hardware products
  • reference information

Technical Manuals

  • the ATC Core-Cell Design Manual
  • Andre Bilodeau’s ‘Bead & Cove” Construction Manual

You also receive free consultation with the designer throughout the entirety of the project.

Base kit prices start at (US $):
VG-Mini 6.5 $3250.00
VG30 $4250.00
VG-Open30 $4500.00

(NOTE: prices do not include shipping)