23 - Flateka

13 foot. Length 4120, width 1440 mm.
Build 1965 by Hilding Bengtsson, Ludvigsborgs boat building, Skåne. Made by spruce. Used in lake Ringsjön.

1 sheet in scale 1:10.

  • 23 A Construction and rib plan

Plan no 23, September 1980.


An eka with flat bottom is probably among the most common eka actually. Unfortunately, they have low status, much because they are quite easy to build. It happened that boat builders refused to build them, it was work for carpenters.

But for shallow lake water they were perfect, the boat could almost settle on land on a smooth beach. Most however, had a small keel so that they steered better when rowing, and oars were the most used. Some flateka have been sailed, but in recent times they have often been used with a small outboard engine.

Mostly flateka is associated with the lakes, but there are quite a few built for the coast as well. A well-known one is doris from Bohuslän which originated from the fishing in New Foundland, where the name was dory. Other names could be pråm, prömm or pram depending on where you are.

The flateka were mostly built of spruce, especially those for the lakes. Lifetime was not long, it was easier to build a new one instead of maintain it well.


The measuring is done from existing boats that are traditionally built. Some are still in use, some are stored in different museums and some are left as wrecks in different places. Some of these wrecks have more or less fallen to pieces, but are reconstructed at the plan. Several boats are gone and does not exist any more.

For most of the plans a complementary sheet with information about material and dimensions are enclosed. On the plan the boat is drawn in external profile and cross-section profile at CL. In plan, each half with interior and the other half without. All ribs are drawn.

The plans are printed on coated standard paper 90g, mostly in size A1, but can be bigger (e.g. vrakeka 28 feet) or smaller. The plans are sent rolled in a paper cylinder.

Length (foot) 13 foot
Length 4120 mm
Width 1440 mm
  • Product Code: 23
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