These lovely drawings by the artist Ernest Dade feature in a new volume from Lodestar Books – and if you’re in need of a gift or two it’s available in time for Christmas at a very reasonable £12!
As an artist, Dade trained with Albert Strange and shared his master’s passion for sailing and sailing craft. First published in 1933, the book Sail and Oar contains 100 of his lively and also historically accurate sketches, accompanied by some striking captions.
I particularly like one that reads: ‘The old smacks brought a very powerful odour with them when they returned after six or eight weeks at sea. They could be smelt some miles away.’
One of the local fishermen of the time said this of Dade’s collection of drawings: ‘These pictures… are true in every way. Mr Ernest Dade lived the life, knew the men, and sailed in the various craft he draws so well. It is a record of things passed away.’
Read more about Ernest Dade’s Sail and Oar at the Lodestar Books website.
Ella skiff drawings – click on the image to see much more detail
I’ve been frantically working on the sailing version of the 12ft Ella skiff today – having broken my left ankle a couple of weeks ago, drawing this little boat has been a huge relief from the tedium of spending each day on the sofa. Of course it’s no consolation for losing much of the summer sailing season, but I hope I’m making the best of it!
Anyway, I thought I’d share today’s progress. As I think I’ve said before, this will be a lively little boat but I hope folks out there will find it appealing. The next jobs, are to nest the panels and draw up the sail.
If you’re interested in this little boat, please email me at email@example.com or use the comment link below.
PS – The free plans for this boat are now here.
For free plans for the rowing version of this little boat, click here.
A sample of Paul’s impressive detailed plans of the 10ft double ended skiff from Practical Boatbuilding
Paul O’Connor has been kind enough to send me a set of the plans he created before building his model of the 10ft double ended skiff from the book Practical Boatbuilding for Amateurs. The model has been a step along the route to building the real thing in epoxy ply, and because this is an attractive craft and and interesting challenge, I’m sure other intheboatshed.net readers will be interested in making their own models from the drawings.
I’ve divided the drawings, which are in pdf form, between two zips:
10ft skiff drawings folder 1
10ft skiff drawings folder 2
As I’ve pointed out before, there’s quite a lot of online background to this project. The original drawings and information from Practical Boatbuilding are here, an earlier intheboatshed.net post on the model project is here and two threads discussing the Practical Boatbuilding skiff and Paul’s project are here and here.
Here’s a view of Paul’s three-dimensional model of the skiff: