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Vintage Marblehead Riptide electronic files

UPDATE: As of 12/8/2017, I was sent a much better TIFF file of the original plans by Ted Houk. See my updated post

When Rod Carr gifted to me an unfinished wooden Riptide hull, it came with a CD of files from the gentleman (a man named Roger, I believe) who made it. I finally got a chance to look at the files and what a great discovery!

Roger created not only several very helpful PDF files, but .dxf files too. With some work I could make files for laser cut frames, fin and rudder!

NOTE: I am not the creator of these files and cannot vouch for the accuracy of them. The creator of the electronic files is unknown but the original plans for the Riptide go back to 1949 and are most likely in the public domain. One version of the Riptide lines is being freely distributed. These files are the only ones I've seen other than the original 1949 hand-drawn lines. I put them here under an assumed Creative Commons license for NON-commercial work. You are free to make your own Riptide but only for personal use. IF the creator of these files can ever be found then they might give full permission, or may otherwise restrict the use of these files.

These files are VERY cleaned up from the original 1949 lines. If you are talented at making CAD files then you will easily be able to make a file for laser cut frames. If you do make a laser cut frames file PLEASE let me know and send a copy. I can post a link here too.

IF you do make a file for laser cut frames, please be sure to check the Vintage Marblehead rules to ensure accuracy. I CANNOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY OF THESE FILES AND CANNOT SAY IF A BOAT MADE FROM THEM WILL COMPLY WITH THE RULES. Use them at your own risk.


You can see all the PDF files here. The .dxf files are available here. NOTE: As of now (April, 2016) there is not a file currently ready to cut laser cut frames. Someone would need to explore these dxf files and create a specific file for the frames. Please let me know if you do this. Good luck!



  1. Hi i have several VM’s and wonder if it would b possible to get full size template drawings for riptide i think i would like to build her.

  2. I was wondering if it would be possible to get a full size drawing of the station templates for riptide i would like to build her.

  3. Hi Cyril,

    Unfortunately there really aren't any "full size plans" that I have. I've only 3D modeled the Rip Tide from the lines that I have. With the software that I use, there really isn't a magic button that converts the 3D model into plans... it's not how 3D software works (at the software that I can afford!)

    If you're really serious about building one, please email me and we can chat about how you can buy the laser cut frames from National Balsa. They are charging about $225 including shipping. That's as close as I can get to getting you accurately sized frames.

    Otherwise, take the lines plans that are posted on my blog somewhere and have a local copy place run a full sized copy that you can use to make one. Make sure that the LOA of the prints are 50".

    Good luck!


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