Light Trow Mk 2 – drawings for making a model

Light Trow model package plywood boat Gavin Atkin boat plan

Here’s a jolly little project for Easter – making a model of the Light Trow Mk 2. The drawings are here: Light Trow Mk 2 model, and they’re in the form of a zip file containing no less than 18 pdfs.

Almost all you need to do is print out each pdf in the zip package on the same-sized paper, stick it to card, model-maker’s plastic sheet or balsa, and cut it out and assemble as shown in the drawings… However, you’ll need some extra bits of balsa and nice white paper or cloth to make a sail and – Hey Presto! – you’ll have your own table-top Light Trow to play with. Have fun everyone! (Drawings now corrected to include the hole on the aft deck for the mizzen mast!)

For more on the Light Trow and trows generally, click here.

POST-SCRIPT The drawings for the full-sized Light Trow Mk2 are now close to complete. If you’reinterested in building this boat email me at, and I’ll send you them – but only if you promise not to share them without my permission!

Western skiff looking for a new home

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nigel irens ed burnett western skiff

nigel irens ed burnett western skiff nigel irens ed burnett western skiff


Edward Beaumont has written to say that he needs to find a new home for his Nigel Irens– and Ed Burnett-designed Western skiff as he’s moving home. However, it needs to be the right home, as he’d like it to go to someone with a boathouse with access to river or lake: he feels a boat like this must be kept indoors, it would be saddened to think of it being left out, so much so that he’d rather burn it than have that happen.

Naturally, it has always been stored indoors, it comes with a trailer and trolley.

If you’re interested and think you might qualify, email me at and I’ll pass your message along to Edward. Here’s what he says about the boat:

‘I suppose it was 11 years ago when I thought, what a very pretty little boat the Western skiff was! So I ordered the kit from Nigel Irens and built the boat in my garage with the aid of my younger son Sam, who was aged about 13 at the time. He’s in the Nike jumper in one of the photos, with me behind him. This was the day we turned the boat over and brought it out of the garage.

‘I love Nigel’s designs and would like to do a Romilly one day. I bought extra epoxy from the late great Tony Pink at Hill Head Chandlery (along with a lot of useful free advice), and also got a few extras from him, like a nice brass keel band that curls over the top of the stem in a way that pleases me. The boat is a little over weight, as I strengthened various things such as the mast support and added pads inside the transom to reinforce the rudder fixings.

‘Its a smashing little boat to row, really lovely for one or for two. It sails quite well, but you need to sit down low and its wet down there, so having sailed all my life and would say, I’d say this boat should be on a lake or river, but not on the sea. Also, if you go out for a picnic with the sailing gear (we had some great trips in the upper reaches of the Hamble) you have too much clobber to be able to row nicely, so in those circumstances it’s best to leave all the sailing stuff at home and just row.

‘That said, if you’re alone, the water is smooth, and there is a bit of breeze, it is nice to sail.

‘Called Little Faith (my wife said we would never finish it), the boat has not been wet for several years, but sits in the garage in which it was built on a nice combi trailer, with chocks under the stern. The sail is kept indoors and should be almost like new. The four Collars oars have leather on, but perhaps not in quite the right places, and I daresay that a few bits of string are missing.

‘The boat is finished in dark green with creamy white inside, and some varnish work, and I must say, I felt very proud at the launch – though that turned to shock when the mast rolled off the top of our van and knocking my elder son nearly unconscious!

‘I need to move this boat as the house is to be let. If someone comes along, and if I like them, I’d probably sell it for a lot less than the sum of all the bits cost me. But not if they are going to leave it outside or be silly with it, so it should probably be someone with a landing stage and boathouse. And if no-one suitable comes along I can always move the boat to my new house and stick it in another garage!

‘Best wishes

‘Edward Beaumont’

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Water Craft magazine for January-February includes more boat plans

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Water Craft January

Water Craft editor Pete Greenfield has written to say that the January-February issue of his magazine will be in the newsagents from the 17th December. Here’s what he has to say:

Well, if you’ll permit the conceit that a boating magazine can have a sub-plot, this issue’s can be summed up as: What a difference a wooden boat specialist can make.

Wooden boat specialists like…

Alec Jordan of Jordan Boats who joined forces with the Scottish Fisheries Museum to launch the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project, commissioning Iain Oughtred to design the 20ft (6m) St Ayles Skiff, which local groups can build from a modestly priced pre-cut plywood kit. Amateur wooden boat builder Chris Perkins describes how they built the prototype.

Wooden boat builder and designer Matt Newland of Swallow Boats combines ply-epoxy hull construction with water ballast and carbon spars to produce the 20’ (6m) Baycruiser, the most innovative and exciting small cruising yacht in years.

Wooden boat designer Francois Vivier whose p-ractical pocket gaffer Meaban is now also available as a pre-cut plywood kit for home completion.

Wooden boat builder and designer Paul Gartside of Nova Scotia gives us full plans + offsets for a traditional round-sterned workboat with so much character you’ll want to get a craftsman to build her for you. But who? Perhaps one of the members of the…

Wooden Boatbuilders Trade Association. Wherever you live in the UK and whether you want a wooden boat built or restored, using traditional or modern methods, there’s a WBTA member not too far away with all the skills to do the job.

And one wooden boat builder who will be long remembered around Cornwall and beyond…

Ralph Bird, the great Cornish pilot gig enthusiast who sadly passed away in November, having built no less than 29 gigs and enthused a whole new generation of rowers.

It sounds like another great issue packed with material to me. It’s nice to see the old practice of magazines publishing plans coming back, and good also to see the WBTA getting itself some publicity, by the way.

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