View Full Version : Little Moby launched at long last!

Alan Peck
08-20-2007, 06:20 PM
Yesterday, I launched my "Little Moby" designed by Charles Wittholz.

She is a 14'6" runabout and plans are available from WoodenBoat.

I started construction in November 2000 which was almost 7 years ago. Actually she was basically finished almost a year ago, so it only took six years! According to my log, I actually spent about 600 hours on the actual building.

I am extremely pleased with the result. The boat is very stable and feels like a much larger boat. I have a 1981 35HP Evinrude on her and it seems to be plent of power.

Anyway, good things come to those who wait.

The other good thing is now that she has been launched, I have permission to build the next boat. I believe my experience sith "Little MOby": has given me the confidence to try traditional carvel planking. So, I have decided to build the Tom Cat by William Garden.




08-20-2007, 06:32 PM
Very nice! Congratulations on a job well done, and on your tenacity! :)

donald branscom
08-20-2007, 06:46 PM
Nice job !

You can't go wrong with a Witholtz design.

Seems like you would have a big smile bro!

08-20-2007, 07:11 PM
reallly sweet and looks like she would run like an arrow with a lovely transition from a fine entry to a fairly flat run aft. Congratulations.


L.W. Baxter
08-20-2007, 08:07 PM
That's the first Little Moby I've seen! I've had that design in the back of my mind for a long time. Seems like the perfect little personal fishing boat. I bet it really scoots with 35 hp.

If you've got any overhead shots of the interior layout, your console, etc., I'd love to see them.

Congratulations, and we'll look forward to the launch pics of the Tomcat at some date in the future.

Jim Ledger
08-20-2007, 08:17 PM
That's a fine looking boat. Congratulations on your launch!

Alan Peck
08-20-2007, 08:22 PM
L.W. Thanks. I'll get some interior shots tomorrow and post them.


08-20-2007, 08:24 PM
Looking very nice.

08-20-2007, 10:17 PM
Agreed and Congrats. I had considered building that boat many years ago. Looks better in photos than in my mind. Great job

Alan Peck
08-21-2007, 06:31 PM
L.W. Here are a few photos of the interior and console.
Thanks for the nice words




Alan Peck
08-21-2007, 06:34 PM
Sorry, somehow the links did not work, let me try again




L.W. Baxter
08-21-2007, 07:33 PM
Yessiree, that looks like just the thing.

I've got a similar-sized aluminum skiff I've been trying to kill myself with in the interim while I build "the boat I really want" (a 26' Bartender). It's a Duroboat, not really a bad boat, just a death trap on any sort of real water. No transom well, no waterways, no coaming, minimal bow deck, tiller steering. I either need to trade up to a better boat, finish the Bartender, or give up fishing all the big water around here.

Now, your Little Moby has all the features of a big water boat in a compact package. And a good measure of style, to boot. 600 hours you say?.... Hmmm, nope, I need to stay focused, lead me not into temptation, etc. etc.:D

Thanks for the look-see.

08-21-2007, 09:15 PM
Great job!

Charles Wittholz has designed a wide variety of boats. Aside from his well known catboats he designed a 32 foot steel ketch.

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David Virtue
03-13-2010, 12:51 PM
Hi Alan,

Thanks so much for the reply. i am actually thinking of extending it too, maybe to 17'.? I I really appreciate seeing the images since I've never seen one in person. I'm away for 3 weeks but I would love to maybe ask a few more questions when i get back.


03-14-2010, 11:43 AM