Well, it is time to stop making inane comments on this forum, as though I knew anything, and really try to walk the walk. I am going to build a Granny Pram now that I have found a place to do the build.
This wasn't my first choice. That was a Dark Harbor 20, but dave Bradford of Alder Bay Boats kindly talked me out of that notion and convinced me to take a course at NW School of Wooden Boat Building, which I did. A humbling experience - learning to crawl before you run. The I decided on the "Sunshine" by Duck Trapp boats, but again he nudged me toward the Iain Oughtred boat above -learn to walk before running, I guess. Anyway, the pram looks to be a great boat for me, for a number of reasons, not the least of which is minimal lofting required. After the NWSBB week, I went home keen t try something, anything, and lacking space to build I chose lofting. Although I arrived late at the course and missed the lofting part, I had Greg Rossel's book to guide me. I had the book "Building the Herreshoff Dinghy" which has a set of offsets in the back. It was an experience. Like others before me , I had trouble with battens and ducks, and the Swede saw blade (in the picture) I tried reduced my hands and arms to hanging flesh. I did get it done, sort of..
So here is my first question as I prepare. The space I am going to be building I find has a tile floor (old retaurant!) Will this have any impact on the ability of the strongback to stay level and plumb? Is there a good way to keep it from moving on such a slippery surface?
MAny thanks for any help.