Geoff Jones built this pretty chine log and cleats version of my Julie skiff design (see the plans page for the free download).
It is intended to be built using the stitch and glue technique, and I fear the two sides may have closed a little near the bow as a result of Geoff’s approach to the construction – or am I seeing the effect of a wide angle lens on perspective?
Geoff went the way he did because he wanted more internal space than my original plans allowed, but overall the result is still a good looking and handy little rower. I’m particularly pleased by Geoff’s comments, which would no doubt also apply to the stitch and glue version:
‘It’s a pleasure to row, and well suited to the lakes, swamps, and rivers here in Minnesota – the “Land of 10,000 Lakes“. I chose your design because it appeared to be the best compromise between qualities I desired – sleek when lightly loaded, but with good reserve buoyancy, shallow draft, and light enough to portage and car-top. With my family of four and a dog, it drags its transom a bit, but still has plenty of freeboard (for calm waters) and rows well.
‘I’m still convinced that it was a good choice on all accounts. It has lovely lines, too, for all of its hard-chined flatness. I’ll eventually rig it for sailing or add a tiny outboard to increase my mobility, but for now I’m having a great time rowing.
‘As a side note, rowing a boat is actually a fairly exotic thing to do here. Canoes are everywhere, but rowing is almost unknown, except for the occasional rubber dinghy or out-of-fuel motorboat (if they carry oars at all). Canoeists seem baffled when I fly past them (one man at the oars versus two paddling a canoe). The only annoyance is that I have to trouble myself to acknowledge all of the shouted compliments I get on her appearance, all of which are really due to your design.
‘You may certainly post on intheboatshed.net. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to spending more time on the water. Thanks again for setting your plans adrift on the internet.’
Many thanks Geoff – that’s a super endorsement! And, by the way, Julie herself is thrilled – and very pleased that you’ve chosen one of her favourite colours for the hull.
I see no reason why other builders should not take a similar route to Geoff, so long as they’re happy to live without built-in bouyancy.
However, I think it’s necessary to point out that the temporary frames need to be good and rigid, that it might be wise to have the remaining frames (probably 2 1/2 or 3in by 1in) rising all the way to the inwale. A stringer at thwart height on the insides of the frames to complement the chine log a little further up each side might also be useful, not least because it could be useful for supporting the seats.
Also, for the sake of rigidity around the rowlocks, it might be worth having a frame in place either side of the central thwart.
If I had time, I’d like to draw up something like this, as I’ve threatened to several times in the past. However, there doesn’t seem to be much prospect of me getting around to it in the forseeable future…