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    Hailing all sea folk with an appreciation of the elegant designs of Thomas Colvin! Does anyone know where I can buy or access Mr Colvin's designs for the Pinky Schooner, Sultana, The Memory or Sharpie Schooners? Any leads or information gratefully received! To be used for fledgling sail cargo project in need of T. Colvin's mastery of boats built for work.
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    Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, since Thomas Colvin's death, his website has been maintained but the email address is no longer in use and I don't think anyone else in the family has taken on selling plans. Please let me know if this is not the case, and where to contact them if possible!
    Much appreciated.

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    If you are a member of Linkedin this link may help, it's for Mr Colvin's son.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenneth-colvin-11746b77

    https://www.boatdesign.net/threads/t...n-plans.58225/
    Last edited by PeterSibley; 09-05-2017 at 04:55 AM.
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    Default Re: Thomas Colvin's designs

    Thank you for that! I'll give it a try....

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    If you do get a set of plans from Colvins family, remember that many of the scantlings were metal that he had at his yard,
    Some of this shapes may not be available but you can make substitutions.
    He used thick frames and light hull plating. Sometimes 3/8 thick frames in a 40 foot boat.
    I personally would use thicker hull plates and 5/16 frames. 1/8 plating for cabin top and sides plus cockpit. Donald Branscom
    I really liked his Gazelle.
    I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.

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    Thank you for this Donald. I've still not turned up any sources for plans yet...but will keep that in mind. There are extensive (although very small drawings!) of the pinky schooner is his book on metal boat construction, but I haven't had any luck contacting his son via LinkedIn. Not surprising as I have often treated most linked in mail as spam! Let me know if you hear of any sources for plans! Many thanks.

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