A recent 12ft rowing dinghy by Stirling & Son
These delicious photos come from regular contributor, boat builder, historian and designer Will Stirling of Stirling & Son. The plans for this boat are available to buy, as his letter below explains:
‘Attached photos of the most recent dinghy, a 12ft pulling boat. She is built of mahogany and oak with copper and bronze fastenings.
‘The clocks have gone back now so it is time to string up some lights otherwise the working day is too short.
‘I now have plans available in the following format:
- two sheets of A2 tracing paper
- two sheets of A1 tracing paper, a scantlings list
- a list of materials
- a CD with photographs of various stages and details of dinghy building
‘The A2 sheets contain the lines draught and consrtuctional detail, the A1 sheets have templates of the moulds and transom with the planking marked out and templates of the backbone members (stem, sternpost, stern knee etc).
‘Plans in this format are now available for a 9ft general purposes dinghy and an 11ft pilot’s punt of circa 1900 and a 17ft salmon boat. These plans cost £50 plus postage and packaging of £2.50 in the UK.
‘Plans without templates are available for a 21ft frigate’s longboat of 1757, a 37ft smuggling lugger of 1835 and a 43ft gentleman’s cutter of 1880.
‘I hope you are well. The Intheboatshed website is going from strength to strength; it is very popular with Google.
Many thanks Will! I do hope your plans go as well as they deserve – it’s only a shame that there aren’t more professional and home builders of these kinds of boats in the world.
Stirling & Son is based near Tavistock, Devon. See the company’s website www.stirlingandson.co.uk
tel 01822 614259.