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Gareth

Please help me decide on a wooden boat

I have a yearning to build another wooden boat.

Building one over the winter in the garage and having it ready for launching next springtime.

I have recently acquired many sets of plans for several boats that I would like to build and then use. It is mainly for pleasure use on the sedate waters of the Norfolk Broads and local rivers; but I cannot make my mind up. please help me to decide using the above poll.

The criteria are: I must be able to load it on my own on to a car roof rack, room for two or possibly three seats and the dog. Suitable for use when fishing, picnics and meandering away a summers afternoon on.

The main choices are:

A 9 ft Plywood pram to be adapted for both a small electic outboard and sail along with rowing;



A stitch & glue general purpose plywood type skiff; suitable for rowing or a motor:



A general purpose stitch & glue plywood open canoe:



A strip cedar open canoe (also adapted for use with a small pop up sail):



Or a general purpose "tortured" plywood open canoe (my friend George made this one. It is lightweight and handles beautifully):



You lot help me decide, and this winter I will build the boat that receives the most votes, and photograph the whole process from the very beginning to launched and out on the water.
colour it green

open canoe - lovely.  i want one.
WhatCameFirst

I'd definitely go for the Pram. It looks a bit for comfortable than the others.  
12Bore

I opted for the pram because it will take a motor, incidentally the new Argos on-line catalogue has electric outboards, but the strip cedar canoe is a thing of beauty!
Gareth

If the Plywood Pram should receive the most votes, it would be this one that I will build:


Click to download file


The original plans may be 50 years old now (same age as me), but this boat looks really good, and already has the adaptations for both motor & sail included in the drawings.
sod

Think it depends on who is going in it, dog and 2 would go for skiff
Gareth

I have almost completed the lofted drawings of the frame sections I going to use during the construction of this boat, and the frame materials were delivered to me this morning.

I have chosen to build a hybrid boat that incorporates the best features of both the Plywood pram (see the downloadable PDF plans in my post above) and those of the plywood Jonboat I built 5 years ago.

I am going for an overall keel length of 8 feet, and beam width of 4 feet. I will be building in a removable centre board and mast step so that I can quickly convert for sail, the transom will be reinforced enough to take either an electric "trolling" motor or a short shaft 4HP petrol outboard, I will also position the centre seat so that the boat my be rowed efficiently by one person with up to two passenger. Hopefully, if my calculations are correct the bare hull will weigh in at approximately 80lbs which I will be able to manage both in and out of the water during launching and recovery, and I will be able to lift it onto the car roof rack on my own. It should also be stable enough for one standing (lure casting) angler or two seated anglers.

I intended to have the boat built and on the water for the beginning of December; the peak period of the winter Pike fishing season.
12Bore

Don't forget the step by step pics  
Gareth

That may be a bit tricky because I currently don't have a digital camera.

The new camera I received as a present for my 50th birthday ceased to function and was returned to Comet .... at the managers discretion it was sent away for repair ..... and was subsequently lost by them. Comet are now point blank refusing to either replace it or refund the purchase price even though we have an acceptance for repair receipt from them, and their manager had informed us verbally it was lost. Unfortunately it was purchased on a debit card and not a credit card so a refund from the card company is out of the question. The retail CEO of the Comet group has not replied to the registered mail letter I sent over a month ago making a formal complaint. ..... so it now looks like a jobby for the small claims court.
12Bore

You have a receipt to say that they have it, if they do not supply the original, repaired, or a replacement within 7 days SUE THEM, the threat will be more than enough, suggest you write a letter to that effect, hand it to the manager and tell him to read it.
kaz

I Like the 1st one

I hope that you get your camera sorted.
sod

What happened to public relations with theses firms
bodger

Try for one of these Gareth. Hail Rhagnar !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LClTjcyNJSI
sod

And the last bit too???????
dtalbot

On looks alone the the Cedar strip!
Gareth

Here is a link to a very nice short video of the CanoeCraft Prospector strip cedar canoe being made. I want to make the slightly shorter version also shown in the CanoeCraft book called the Ranger:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V...e=BFa&list=WLF7ADD4617FB580C6
Pinpoint

Just browsing back through posts I came across this one.....did it develop or did it just fizzle out.
Pinpoint

Guess it must have fizzled out then
Border

Pinpoint....... I believe Gareth is on Holiday.
Pinpoint

Thanks Border....just wondered if anyone could remember......I got a feeling in my bones that if it did fizzle out Gareth will most likely ignore this post
Pilsbury

Lol gareth wi never ignore a chance to post on subjects such as this, give him a chance to read up and im sure he will comment.
Gareth

Hi guys,

Yes, I built a boat, but because of my illnesses earlier this year, and then becoming extremely busy I have not finished it let alone undertaking a maiden voyage. She has been sheeted down to protect her from the worst of the winter weather, and as soon as the weather changes for the warmer I'll finish her and then launch her. I would prefer to post the whole project up in one hit rather than bits & pieces over several months................please bare with me.
Pinpoint

OK Gareth thanks for the reply.  Will keep eye on this thread.

Goo on Gareth, won't take a couple of minutes, chuk a couple of pics on to wet our apatite.....
Pinpoint

Gareth wrote:
Hi guys,

Yes, I built a boat, but because of my illnesses earlier this year, and then becoming extremely busy I have not finished it let alone undertaking a maiden voyage. She has been sheeted down to protect her from the worst of the winter weather, and as soon as the weather changes for the warmer I'll finish her and then launch her.


"I say Gareth"
Have I missed the finishing stages of this boat build, or is it still too cold and wet in Norwich to get the sheets off and carry on building.

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