No two Montereys were the same, but you sure knew one when you saw one!

The development of the Monterey form is often simplified to suggest it was merely a motorization of the traditional lateen-rigged felucca. Perhaps related in construction methods… but if you look at these feluccas, you’ll see a very different hull… a smaller boat that could be rowed when necessary, with a vertical stem and no bow flare.

Both Hohlmayer and Scofield note this difference. Hohlmayer says that the extra weight of the engine drove an overall increase in size and the wider stern, while the new-found speed encouraged the added bow flare to make for a dryer boat in chop. Where the “clipper bow” came from, who knows. But surely the boat builders were well aware of the beautiful clipper ships that still flocked to California ports. Indeed, the “Balclutha”, the famous clipper now at the San Francisco Maritime, was once used to ferry Italian fisherman to the Alaska salmon grounds (Hohlmayer, Looking Back III).

A number of drawings are available. A modeler might do well to pick one for the hull, and build whatever deck and cabin structure is desired on top of that.

Most plans are intended to document a real boat, so modelers will need to develop their own model construction details.


Wetton Boat

The Wetton boat at the San Francisco Maritime was documented around 1988. Lines were taken and drawn by Paul deFur; the drawings (3 sheets) are available for download from the Park. They are large TIF files about 20MB each, 12,000 pixels wide.
The files here have been cleaned, straightened, and converted to quite manageable GIF files. Each file will print out in correct 1″ = 1′ (1:12) scale if it is recognized at 75dpi (41″ wide x 28″ high, 3075×2100 pixels).

Click on each to see the file full size, then right click (from Windows) to save to your computer.


Profile & Plan


Inboard Profile



Wetton from Loyalhanna Dockyard

Loyalhanna Dockyard is a model boat supply source. Drill down through their line of Hartman model hulls to find a Monterey Clipper hull, and an available plan set. The plan set is undated and without credit, but it appears to be based on the Wetton lines above. It includes some added photos, and outlines of model parts (like the keel for a plank-on-frame model).


St. Erina

John Kowalla took these lines from the beautiful St. Erina and included them in his work, “The Monterey Boat”, again freely available from the NPS at the same link above. It’s just a low-res image from the document, but it’s all we have. Note that St. Erina is unusually large at 30 feet; most Montereys were 28 feet.

St. Erina lines

St. Erina lines


Gaetano Seeno

One of three boat-building brothers, G. Seeno was also a successful building contractor in the Pittsburg Ca. area. These uncredited lines of a G. Seeno boat appear in Earl Hohlmayer’s “Looking Back III” book. Earl retired to Nevada and passed in 2011, so I don’t know if we’ll ever find a better copy of these lines. Anyone having more information, please contact me!

Edit, 24 Nov. 2016: I found a rough photocopy of these same plans in material loaned by Mr. Lee Duvall. I won’t present that copy here, as the image below is better quality… but the plan is marked “BAYARD PLAN #17, (c) 1938”.  Anyone know who Bayard was?


Correct spelling is “Seeno”


Billing Boats

Billing offers a small (19″L) 1:20 model for display or R/C. They also put the instructions online, freely available, and “mirrored” here. The instruction booklet is a PDF showing the assembly steps, but it also includes a parts layout for all the die cut pieces– keel, frame, deck, etc. These could be scaled up as desired.  Click on the plan image.

bb522Cvr bb522parts


Bob Herrera
Bob Herrera is one of the all-time great Monterey model builders. Here are a couple plan sets he provided with kits once offered under the “Pandora” name (presented here with permission). Since the 1:8 scale kits were built on fiberglass hulls, no hull lines are included. Click images to open, and right-click to save locally. Scans were made at different DPI settings, so please check the scale on any printed copies.

“Scampo”, a gill netter, is the same Scampo now at Benicia, and shown in the Real Boats gallery.

Scampo_1    Scampo_2

“Isabella” is a salmon troller. Bob’s build of the kit can be seen in the Modeling > Model Builds in Print page. Two plan sets are shown here, from 1986 and 1990 (note the different details!).

Isabella_1   Isabella_2    Isabella_3

pandora1_large pandora2_large pandora3_large






2 Responses to Plans

  1. John Salvato says:

    I grew up at S.F Fisherman Wharf but in 1940,just little bit late to see the Monterrey Clipper bows and straight bows being built,but remember some of the second generation of boats that were built at Genoa Boats at the wharf,that were mostly 34 – 38 ft Knuckle and Fan Tail sterns and latter went to transom sterns on the 34 footers to compete with Kneass and Seeno ..All I can remember my father telling me when Beveaqua at Genoa order wood for the keel of a Monterrey he was going to build for a customer and the order was for a 28 footer,he might end up with 28 1/2 or 29 footer because Beveaqua didn’t cut the excess off. He also told me that he built by eye,he would stand back looking at the frame with his thumb out in front of his eye like at artist,and do adjusting..

    My preference on the best looking Monterrey were built at Genoa and the strongest were built by Pasaquinuci in Sausalito…Pasaquiucci didnt build many clipper bows mostly straight bows,I owned a 35 ft boat built there,and it still fished out of Ft Bragg,Named ” Sunday”. Don’t confuse Montereys that were built up the river ,Pittsburg,Martinez and other river builders to the ones built By Castagnola, Genoa,Beveaqua because they were built for a different fisheries,they were not Salmon river boats with the narrow pointed sterns,the city boats had more of a compromise stern,and a better entry for going outside the GG bridge to fish…The river boats had a more flat entry,built lighter and would pound when they re entered the water,I know I had one .. I was just a kid but remember going out crab fishing with my dad and grandfather on the family 28 ft Monterey with a six horse power Hicks engine,tat was 1948 or so..Nice talking about the Old Days


    • matthewsmodelmarine says:

      Thanks for the history, John! As a modeler, I’d love to be able to point out the differences, to look at a boat and have some idea of the builder… but I’m a generation and a whole lifetime removed from that. Patrick M


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