Paul Connor’s photos from the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival at the Centre for Wooden Boats, Seattle

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Paul Connor has also kindly sent us a set of photos of a festival dockside stroll – this time from the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival at the Centre for Wooden Boat’s base in Seattle. Thanks Paul and sorry about the delay – I’ve been away sailing – it tends to happen at this time of year, so please don’t think the worst if the weblog goes quiet for a few days.

I particularly like the H12 1/2 – if anyone doesn’t I think they probably need to pray for their soul…

Paul is working towards building a double-ended skiff based on the plans for a double-ended skiff presented in the book Boatbuilding for Amateurs. Click here for more on this project. I’ve added labels where the boat concerned is identified.

If anyone would like to add any comments or information, please do so using the comments link at the end of this post.

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H12 1/2

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Hvalsoe 13 and 16

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Little Wing and a peapod



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Unknown – but it looks like a huge Paradox. Is it a heavy sharpie of the Hog Fish Lips type?

Model-making progress and drawings of Paul Connor’s Practical Boatbuilding skiff project


The 10ft double-ended skiff model

Paul Connor has kindly sent a photo of his model of the 10ft double-ended skiff from Practical Boatbuilding for Amateurs, together with his extensive set of computer-generated construction drawings.

There’s a good amount of background to this project. The original drawings and information from Practical BoatbuildingĀ  are here, an earlier post on the model project is here and two threads discussing the Practical Boatbuilding skiff and Paul’s project are here and here.

For Paul, the model is a proof of concept that shows the boat can be made at full size using the clinker ply technique, but I think many people will enjoy making a model of this little boat. I hope they do.

I think the model shows two things. The point that a boat built the these old plans is practical and will be beautiful is clearly the first, but the second is that in my opinion the boat itself would be even more elegant and better in the water if made 12-18 inches longer on the same beam and draught.

Download Paul’s pdfs of the drawings here: sheet-1; sheet-2; sheet-3; sheet-4; sheet-5; sheet-6; sheet-7; sheet-8; sheet-9; sheet-10; sheet-11; sheet-12; sheet-13; sheet-14; sheet-15.

Many thanks Paul!

PS Readers interested in making a model of something simpler, might check out the free plans page!

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Paul Connor builds a model of the double-ended skiff from Practical Boatbuilding

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Paul Connor’s model of the double-ender from
Practical Boatbuilding for Amateurs reader Paul Connor is building a model of the attractive double-ended 10ft skiff from Practical Boatbuilding for Amateurs, which we posted some time ago.

The original post is here and a follow-up photograph of a similar boat built in the traditional way and seen at the Beale Park Boat Show is here.

At the time I described the plans as presenting a challenge, and said I was tempted to create a computer model in order to work up plans for building in ply epoxy. I’ve never got around to it, but Paul has taken up the gauntlet and is forging ahead with a sophisticated computer model from which he’s building the scale model (see above) and plans to go on to build the real thing.

Software-wise, he used Catia v5 for his initial modeling and a trial version of Rhino to develop the plank surfaces, and intends to make plans available for others wishing to make the model.

I think this is an interesting project and I will be very interested to see how it goes. In the meantime, Paul is posting his progress at the Wooden Boat Forum.

A challenge for boatbuilders: a sweet 10ft clinker-built double-ended skiff

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