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My Mouseboat appears on the Wikipedia!

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A Mouseboat doing what it does best – providing a light, easy to build and stable platform for a kid learning to use a boat, though it has to be said that they’re also popular with adults. This one was built by John Hellwig. I must say the skiff in the background looks very fine. Could it be a Whisp, like the one the Slipway Collective were selling recently?

My Mouseboat design for a small boat for kids has earned a mention on the Wikipedia!

This is a long way off topic for, but I had to report the news nevertheless, and who knows – a few people who drop by here might be interested in building a little stitch and glue paddler that’s eminently suitable as a first boatbuilding project and is a lot of fun to use by everyone from five or six years upwards, so long as they don’t weigh much more than 200lbs.

Small enough to be built on many people’s kitchen tables, it props out of the way under any 8ft garage roof and it’s also light enough to be carried and roofracked by an adult. She’s a plain little puppy, it has to be said, but I don’t think anyone could regret building a Mouseboat, and getting on for 200 people have done so.

There’s a rowable version also at the Yahoogroup devoted to Mouseboats, by the way, and various sailing and flat-bottomed developments.

Here’s the Wikipedia link:

And here’s a link for the Mouseboats Yahoogroup:


SketchUp models of some of my free boat designs

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Little Breton

Flying Mouse Oarmouse

Lapstrake tender Little Breton, kids’ small sailing boat Flying Mouse (there are details for a rudder too!), and the Mouse-derived small rowing skiff Oarmouse

I’m very tickled this morning to hear from Kellan Hatch, who got in touch to deliver the news that some little boats I designed for home building a few years ago (the lapstrake tender Little Breton, the Flying Mouse and Oarmouse) have made it into Google’s SketchUp galleries. I think they’re a hoot – even if they aren’t very classic! Go to the Google 3DSketchUp gallery for more – I got these by searching on my own name, Gavin Atkin. I have to say that this is the first time following up my own name on the Internet has ever led me to unexpected nudity, but there’s a first time for everything.

The boat designs are available free from various places, including Continue reading SketchUp models of some of my free boat designs

Can you help save a gracious old lady?

Rania was built in 1937 by the Rampart Boat Building works in Southampton. Just before delivery in 1939, however, she was requisitioned by the Royal Navy and took part in the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940, when many small British craft sailed across the Channel to rescue the British Expeditionary Force – and army of 400,000 or so.

This astonishing exercise took place in perfect millpond conditions (see the images of this event at the Rania site, and see Wikipedia for more on the fighting and evacuation). She continued to serve in the ‘Mosquito navy’ for the duration of the war.

She is now in real need of help. Rania has been dismantled and is in urgent need of repair; she has been saved by the Dunkirk Little Ship Restoration Trust but unfortunately the funds are not available – nevertheless her supporters wish to restore her to her original condition and return her to Dunkirk in 2010 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuations.

For more on Rania, and some very evocative music:

Rania in her heyday