For the past few years we have kept our one-design sailboat and our Sea Skiff on separate moorings, and have therefore needed a rowboat to get to and from. I hit on the idea of building a 12' skiff (the length limit at the dinghy dock) in the garage during the winter, cartopping it up to Maine, and selling it at the end of the season. This is the skiff I built, treading the fine line between being nice enough that I'm not embarrassed to be seen in it, and not so nice that someone would want to run off with it.
Actually, we kept the oars in it at the dock, and many times people borrowed it and brought it back, so I'm a little less nervous about the theft issue. My plan to sell it so I wouldn't have to haul it home worked as planned. I sold it after two seasons of use for several times what the materials cost.
Which brings us to this year, and the need to replace the skiff. I've always been partial to L. Francis Herreshoff's Tender for the Marco Polo, plans for which are in Sensible Cruising Designs.
It's a sail and row pram, designed to be built dory style, measuring 11 1/2' long and 4 1/2' wide, with a standing lug rig and leeboards. Compared to the skiff it will have more stability, more carrying capacity, and we can take the grandkids sailing in it. Should make a great family boat.
For those wondering if I am going to build it in the original, heavy style of construction, the answer is no. My Statement of Requirements is different than those of the original, and the first priority is that it must be light enough to cartop. I know that when it is done, I'm not going to wish it was a pound heavier, and less material used is less material paid for. Speaking of paid for, I already have three sheets of 6mm okoume ply that should be perfect for my needs.
The first order of business is to enlarge the plans. I took the book to Staples and had them blown up, way up. To 4' x 6 1/2' to be precise.
At this size, the details at the top of the sheet, such as the tiller, mast thwart, rowing seat, and mid-ship frame, are at actual size. This will make it easy to transfer the details to wood.
For those of you who followed my previous sailing canoe thread, http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...anoe&highlight , the following few steps will seem familiar.
The first step I've taken is to make a model in Greg Carlson's Hulls program.
This enables me to quickly check the panel layout on the plywood, to see where it all will fit.
Fits on three sheets? Check.
On to the Freeship model......