One thing I love about boatbuilding and think I’m pretty good at is lofting. That is the process of taking small plans or even a chart of coordinates and turning it into full size patterns. There are so many boats designs out there from history, it’s really hard to come up with something new. Rather than having someone design boats for me to build I am interested in taking historic plans I can find in books and putting my own small spin on them.
Below is a list of a few inspiring ideas I’d like to develop. If they sound interesting to you, like something you’d like to be the first to own, get in touch.
- The All Wood Pontoon Boat. This would have bent plywood pontoons, a criss-crossed wooden swim platform as a deck, a fancy wooden railing, comfortable wooden benches and even a wood framed sun canopy.
- Paddle Board with a laid teak deck. All the rage, with the class of a yacht.
- Performance Rowing Wherry: Wherry were traditionally boats used for fishing. Good to row but large enough to haul nets. I’d like to make a Wherry set up for performance rowing. A hybrid between a rowing shell and a larger row boat, so you can get your excercize, but also have the comfort to bring a guest.
- Lumber Yard Skiff: A traditional flat bottom skiff large enough to support a motor but light enough to plane with as little a 10 h.p.
- Cold Molded Fishing Boat: Basically I want to make a classier, prettier and woodier version of the standard aluminum fishing boat people tow behind their truck. I might start with a boat call the Paulsbo boat because I love its classic shape for a open work boat and I think it holds some answers. I would build this in a very modern cold molded method so it would be as strong as an aluminum boat but look like wood. I would build it as roomy as a modern fishing boat and incorporate some storage hatches and amenities that modern boats have. I would combine a classic shape with a flat underside for modern planing performance. For the engine I might do what is called an outboard in a well. This allows for the convenience of an outboard engine but doesn’t look crappy hanging off the back of the boat.
- Macinaw Boat: These were the work boats of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan before the industrialization made them inefficient. They were double ended boats like big fat canoes traditionally built in lapstrake fashion. They were sailed or rowed and in later eras even had inboard motors. Mariners used them to fish and get around the great lakes.
- McKenzie River Dory:This is a popular wooden boat. It is what people use to fly fish with in mountain rivers out west. They are what people ran rapids with in the Colorado River of the Grand Canyon before the rubber inflatable raft got popular. Still these boats have a lot of followers and die harders can still safely run big rivers in them.
- Expeditionary rowing/sailing boat for a large crew: Its super fun to get a group of fiends on a big sailing “yacht” and cruise around an island chain for a week. However, you spend a lot of the time just sitting around. Especially when there is not much wind. So I’d like a boat that is big enough to kind of camp on with a few people, but also small enough that several people could row it together fairly well. And a boat that sails well. The Caledonia yawl is one design that I think kind of does this. Another idea could be some sort of tri-maran.