Proudly presenting the traditional boat designs of Klaus Schmitt

We at Chine bLog were humbled recently by an unsolicited request to post a set of traditional boat design sketches. It wasn’t clear what the requester meant, but he was speaking our language, so we asked for more details. What came back is what we expect to the tip of a lovely iceberg. The designer is Klaus Schmitt, a NYC-based architect with a naval architecture background (make comments below or contact him via Chine bLog). We are thrilled to be able to share Klaus’s ideas with you – they are fantastic.

24' lobster boat

Take this one, “24′ Lobster Boat.” Klaus has managed to make a small boat that looks solid and well-proportioned when such a project could have easily skated into “silly.” Nice sheer and good stem.

Klaus says of himself and his work:

I am an architect but I have also worked as a naval architect earlier in my career. I worked on the design of Navy frigates in the 70s… I have also worked for the South Street Seaport Museum here in New York City. I have been drawing boats for a long time. I have even been published in WoodenBoat Magazine for a skiff design some years ago. Most of my career has been restoring old buildings.

Most of the sketches are in response to friends and their character. People types do translate into boat types… The “plans” are small detailed sketches, both a profile and a plan. No offsets or line drawings although the designs can be developed.

My hope is that someone might want actual construction drawings… But mostly I would like people to see the sketches and get some feedback.

With this set-up in mind, I’d like to present the rest of the set. Please leave comments below or, if you prefer, send us a note and we’ll pass it on).

“30′ Raised-deck Cruiser”
30' raised-deck cruiser

“32′ Cruiser”
32' cruiser

“Aft-cabin 34′ Motorsailer”
Aft-cabin 34' motorsailer

“Motorized Cutter”
Motorized cutter

And, finally, “Skipjack”, my personal favorite. Klaus nailed this one, in my opinion, giving just the right dollop of Friendship Sloop to make it sing.

6 Comments for “Proudly presenting the traditional boat designs of Klaus Schmitt”

Richard Duggan


Klaus designs beautiful traditional boats (as you can well see). Solidity and graceful strength are expressed in every line. It would be nice to see one built someday, but the drawings themselves are works of arts that stand on their own.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *