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.
Thames racing punt
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Tom Dunderdale is a designer who draws and builds boats that have some appeal for those of us who admire traditional boats, but not got the time, skills or wherewithal to care for them.
Apple is a sweet-sheered, yawl-rigged, balanced lug day-sailer with a good turn of speed – Tom says her lines reflect modern thinking more than you might guess from the rig.
She was designed as an open day-sailer for large lakes, rivers and sheltered estuary waters that could be built in a modest single car garage on a very modest budget, and certainly hits that target.
The standard Apple is light in weight and not intended for cruising exposed coastal waters in strong winds, but Tom has also drawn up a decked and ballasted version more suited for this purpose in the hands of an experienced open-boat cruiser. I think both versions make a very nice boats.
See Tom’s site at http://www.campionboats.co.uk
For more designers see our links page https://intheboatshed.net/?page_id=12
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Here’s a set of free plans for an instant classic that’s just the thing to be seen in next summer. Yes, I know it’s made of that terrible ‘laminated wood’ that traditional boat enthusiasts profess to hate (even if they do use it for decking), and I know it isn’t a boat type that’s native to the UK, but if you’ve read Captain’s Courageous by Rudyard Kipling you might well see something good in it.
Paul Vandenbosch’s South Haven Dory is a great boat with elegant looks, goes like a train under oars and builds in almost no time. And I swear it’ll turn heads in any harbour or river around the UK. Cheap, but a classic for the connoisseur nevertheless…
South Haven Dory building instructions