A very recent aquisistion to the book collection was by Christian Nielsen, classic Danish boats measured and described. As one who has an interest in Scandinavian working craft,this was a very interesting book. Despite the lovely double-ender hull form im rather partial to, the boat that has perked my interest the most was the 22ft beach pram,with a typical upswept pram bow, but with a sharp stern. These are some pics of the boat in question.
One of my all time favourite beach working boats is the seabright/Jersey Skiff , a boat that is as practical today as it was when it was being used everyday by hundreds of shore folk. This Danish pram seems to be just as viable for use outside the fisheries, yet i have never even seen one before finding it in the book. I do realise these are still in use as beach boats in Denmark,or at least a very similar design. Maybe their use,and therefore the design , for beach landing through heavy surf,detracts from making a good "general purpose" boat? I did not want to do a beach skiff Vs beach skiff, type thread, they both were suited very much to a purpose;the Danish pram being very much deeper than the same sized seabright type,and no doubt heavier,though mostly built from pine (oak frames).Whats your opinion? I think its a hull shape worthy of more research.
I would love to hear from anyone with any experience of the type,and general critique of the design. Cheers