The plans arrived about a month ago and I have been digesting them and collecting the stuff I need to get this done. I had to buy a tape measure and folding stick that measures inches etc. The only tape measure in the hardware store with inches was $2.50, so that was a result!
I wanted to build a dinghy for rowing out to my yacht Haumuri that will stand up in the boatshed, use cedar strip ( as I have the raw material), and look awesome of course!
I had a look around on the WWW and there are lots of dinghy plans out there, but not many strip built pram.
The double transom give biggest volume for the length the way I see it.
I didn't want to pay for something that would then have to be adapted to strip, so it came down to 3-4 options.
I liked the look of the White salmon, so here I am.
This morning I traced around and cut out 2 of the molds and the 2 bow/stern moulds in 18 mm plywood.
I dumped the useless jigsaw that I had, but the thin kerf battery saw makes it easy.
Shaving down to the line
2 done plus the bow and stern forms, 5 more to go.
I still need to decide what material to use for the bow/stern and the fitout. I'm keen to keep weight down so Okume would be a good choice, but I would rather use solid.
I guess if it going well I can use Kauri, but it would double the cost of the build to get wide planks if even available.
This isn't going to happen quickly, so don't expect to see me rowing any time soon.