All posts by Jason Thornton

SMARGO Original Design by Jason Thornton

Jason Thornton
NCF Boatbuilding & Design ISP
Mr. Matthew Reynolds
January 22, 2014

 Original Boat Design Proposal: SMARGO TM

WHAT? A multifunctional, glass-bottomed main hull trimaran, floating classroom, and lab.

WHY? DESIGN RATIONALE: A simple thought emerged for me: why not build a multi-tasking boat that serves many of us? Smart phones are the Swiss Army knife of telecomm; thus, a Smart Argo, or Smargo? A glass bottom, smallish trimaran can act as an observation and teaching platform, a literal low-or-no-carbon, nature-synergized, mobile LAB on the water. Continue reading SMARGO Original Design by Jason Thornton

Tortoise draft

Tortoise option by Jason




This design provides an easy build, cheaply.


Dimensions: 6′ 5″
Row: Yes, Sail: Yes, Power: No

  • WEIGHT: 50 lbs.
  • MATERIALS: Two 4’x8′ sheets of AC 1/4″ Plywood.
  • FRAMING: from three 8′ clear two-by-fours.
  • BUILDING TIME: Approx. 12 hours.
  • PLANS: 2 sheets with instructions.

I sailed these a lot back in a middle school program called HMS Crew. We used it for both sailing and sandbar/mangrove explorations of local marine habitats in Miami. More to follow! 🙂


tortoise4 tortoise_completed_sideview J Coot