Category Archives: Small boats

At last – free online plans for a skiff and a racing punt

Another piece of excellent news today was these two sets of free online boat plans from the Thames Traditional Boat Society. They are nice drawings too. What a great bunch of people! Thanks to Mark Albanese for letting me know they were online.

How about these for a project for next year? If you build them please let us know at www.intheboatshed.net – we’d love to put up a post or two about your project.
http://www.ttbs.org/boat-plans

Thames skiff

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Thames racing punt

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The Dinghy Cruising Association

These folks are some of the most real boat users one could find – small open boat sailers, many of whom are tremendously skilled and experienced, and more than willing to share their knowledge. Only a boating enthusiast with no soul would not admire them, and which boating enthusiast continues to be enthusiastic who has no soul?

Anyway, here’s their informative site: http://www.dca.uk.com/

I particularly like this gizmo, the Huntingford Helm Impeder and intend to install one sometime not too far away: http://www.woodenboat.org.au/index.php/articles/members-contributions/27-queensland-maritime-museum

Huntingford Helm Impeder

Fascinated by a Swedish brunette

I was pleased and interested to see this Colin Archer at Mylor a couple of years ago, but what really caught my eye was its tender, which I imagine is as Swedish as its double-ended companion.

I’ve Googled around the web and found nothing about these boats, so if anyone can enlighten me, I’d be very pleased to hear from them at gmatkin@gmail.com. I’d guess that quite a few readers would be interested to learn more about this handy, characterful and dry-looking little boat too…

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