Simon Papendick starts building an Andrew Wolstenholme dinghy

Mai-Star dinghy

Mai-Star dinghy 2 Mai-Star dinghy 3

Here’s one to follow: now equipped with a new apprentice, Essex boat builder Simon Papendick is starting work on a new clinker-built dinghy for use as a tender – a shortened 3.1m version of boat designer Andrew Wolstenholme’s Coot in larch and with oak ribs.

I get the feeling that Simon hopes to make more of these in future.

Simon’s logging the whole thing at his new weblog The new dinghy build (Mai-Star).

 

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A charming little Auray punt on the Gulf of Morbihan

Small Auray punt on the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany Small Auray punt on the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany

 

Small Auray punt on the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany Small Auray punt on the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany Small Auray punt on the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany

Small Auray punt on the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany Small Auray punt on the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany Small Auray punt on the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany

It’s nice to see Auray punts still in use on the Southern Brittany coast more than a century since British yachtie Claude Worth first recorded them and suggested they would make good tenders. This one seems to be set up for both rowing and sculling.

Click here for a post on Worth’s observations, and here for more on Auray punts generally.

Julie’s 5ft 2in tall – which I guess makes this cute little child’s boat about 6ft long, or marginally longer.

What about that Frisian cow dazzle paint job though? Does it make it seem longer or shorter?

Christine DeMerchant builds an Apple Pie plywood and epoxy dinghy

Christine DeMerchant builds Chuck Merrell's Applie Pie dinghy

Christine DeMerchant builds Chuck Merrell's Applie Pie plywood dinghy

Christine DeMerchant is having a great time building an Apple Pie plywood and epoxy dinghy from plans drawn up by Chuck Merrell. The aim is to use it as a tender to her sailing cruiser.

Follow her progress here. The plans she’s working from are here, and there’s a nice article explaining how Chuck came to draw the plans here. Merry Christmas everyone – and if you read the last link, you’ll know why I say that.

The Apple Pie is about as small as a boat can go and still be useful, and I think it makes a great quick get-afloat summer project; a couple of winters ago I suggested it would also make a good mid-winter kitchen-table kind of project.

Either way, if you haven’t yet taken the plunge and built your own boat, and don’t know if it’s an activity you would enjoy, this could be the way to go.

PS – Check Christine’s message in the Comments link below. She has completed and launched the boat, and is as pleased as punch with it. There’s a YouTube clip showing just how well it works.