handy billy 21

This quick little boat was designed by Harry Bryan using lines from the popular and efficient designs of William Hand in the early 1900’s. He calls the boat the “Handy Billy”. The boats are handsome, speedy and efficient.

Powered by a 25 or 30 horsepower outboard motor, the Southport Handy Billy  cruises at 14 knots. The installation of an already quiet modern engine in a sound-insulated compartment inside the transom creates a power plant emitting very little sound. In addition, these modern egnines are remarkably efficient, clean and dependable.

This elegant and able boat is perfect for all kinds of outings.  It's remarkable qualities are:


  • It's Quiet!!  Having it's 30 horsepower 4 stroke outboard in an enclosed box makes this a very quiet boat.  You need to experience it to believe it.

  • With this modest power plant, it is very fuel efficient.

  • The Handy Billy 21 has built in seating for 8 adults.

  •  It looks great!


  Other attributes are that the boat has lots of storage space, a built in welded aluminum fuel tank (20 gallons), custom made seat cushions, standard dodger and cockpit cover, trailer, optional bimini cover, optional electronics packages (stereo systems too), and available custom custom features such as wood trim packages and decking packages (teak or Flexiteak).


The Handy Billy Story:

Ever since reading about Harry Bryans’ Handy Billy designs in Wooden Boat Magazine in the late 1990’s we have thought that these boats looked so good and made such good sense that we wanted to build one. In 2001, after owning the boatyard for a year, we purchased a set of plans for the 21 foot Handy Billy.

At that time, we were anticipating a slow period in the business, and thought we might build one of these boats on speculation. It was at that time that we got the idea to build the boats in Fiberglass. We were ready to embark on this project that summer (2001) but paying work interrupted the plans (it got busy).

The plans languished, hanging on the wall of our offices until 2005 when a local man who wanted a Handy Billy built for him walked into our office. We discussed his needs, and we both got very excited about beginning to build these boats in fiberglass – he liked the reduced maintenance that this implied.  And so it began.


 Length Overall                     21 foot

 Beam                                    5 foot 10 inches

 Draft                                     13 inches 

 Displacement                      +/- 1200 lbs 

 Cruising Speed                    14 knots 

 Fuel Capacity                       20 gallons 

 Range on 90% of fuel          90 miles

Handy Billy 21 Particulars