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    Have you folks seen the new kit from Duckworks, the Scout?

    https://duckworks.com/plans-kits/kit...ackages/scout/

    it looks like a really nice little sail and oar boat, which is ultralight. It has a boomless fully battened rig like the portage pram, but with reefing. And it only weighs 65 pounds! A CLC tenderly weighs twice that with the same length and beam. And it has quite a bit of floatation/storage in the tanked in seats and fore deck. It looks like a really nice interpretation of a backpackers camp cruiser.

    The Northwest Maritime Center is having a class, with a virtual option, to build the first run—like they did for Scamp. Getting the boat built over two consecutive 4 day weekends really appeals to me. And while I’ve done a bit of composite construction, I’m excited to learn some new tricks.

    I have a 16’ Dierking Wa’apa outrigger that sails great, but is a bear to set up and get on and off of the car. It doesn’t really paddle that well either. And I have a Hobie i11 inflatable mirage drive “kayak”. The Hobie gets used all the time, and the Wa’apa hasn’t been out all year. I’m hoping that this is a more usable day trip boat for me that sails well, and can be rowed up little creeks and other shallow/narrow places.

    I’m sold. What do you all think?

    Chris

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    I think it's awesome! I built SCAMP and their Portage Pram. Great boats and Great people involved. My eyes popped when I saw Scout, totally sweet for a light overnight boat that won't sink.

    I have found that the lighter a boat is, the more it gets used. With more smiles all around.

    -Derek
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    It looks wonderful. I especially like the lightweight hull and ease of rigging.

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    Scout build is underway! I just completed the first 4 day sprint and we have a glued together hull. Next weekend we'll finish her up! This thing is light as a feather but plenty stiff. 1FDEB72B-DA71-4C46-B78F-A1BA721ADD52.jpg

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    Scout build is underway! I just completed the first 4 day sprint and we have a glued together hull. Next weekend we'll finish her up! This thing is light as a feather but plenty stiff. 1FDEB72B-DA71-4C46-B78F-A1BA721ADD52.jpg

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    Watching with great interest. I love how this very small boat includes a realistic sleep-aboard option, and cartoppable weight.

    Tom
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    Please do continue to post with pics! I am currently trying to finish a kayak trimaran, but I intend to build a car-toppable / small trailer-able overnighter in the future. Someday when I grow up(retire) I want to build a 25~30 foot cruiser to get over to the Bahamas.
    “If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”
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    Awesome!! That's going to be a sweet cruiser. Please keep the pics coming! I'm excited to see the foam decks.

    I've over nighted on my Portage pram, but Scout will so SOOOOOOOO much more comfy.

    -Derek
    scamp #169
    Portage Pram

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    All right, I'm 8 days in and the VERY cool foam inhale is glued in (but not capped or fiberglassed), and the foam/glass sandwich deck is installed. I definitely had some trouble getting the glass to stick perfectly, but I can patch the bubbles pretty easily since I'm going to paint it. This thing is crazy light, and super stiff. Brandon Davis did a great job designing this! Joel Arrington, who taught the class was patient and super helpful. And Josh Colvin at Duckworks has been great. There have been some hiccups, as there are bound to be on a new iteration of a design. But it's a small price to pay for such an innovative design. We got a preview of the new reelable sailing rig over the weekend, and it just looks amazing. I still have a lot of tasks to complete before I'm ready to splash, but the process has been really fun. This is going to be a very cool little boat.

    Chris

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    YES!!!

    Nice work! So much done in 8 days. sweet design!

    She is going to be an awesome camp cruiser, I could see downwinding on the Columbia. 3 days over night surfing down wind!

    Derek

    Scamp #169
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    Hey there! Just wondered if you made any progress... there’s a lot to like about that little boat!


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    Any progress? Why yes. In fact, today is the splash day. I'll let you know how she sails soon. In the mean time here are some late stage pics.

    I am super impressed with the work that went into this rig. It looks mighty racy, and yet it's bone simple. The reefing set up is genius. More soon!

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    Splash day! All right--can't wait to hear about it. Congratulations.

    Tom
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    Fantastic! Love the design for the kick-up rudder!


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    YESSSSSS!!!!!

    Now it just needs a sleeping bag, pad, couple gallons of water, some food, a bit of whiskey... What else am I missing?


    Nice work!
    -Derek


    Scamp #169
    Portage Pram

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