PICCUP PRAM, SAIL/ROW PRAM, 11' X 4.5',
90 POUNDS EMPTY
Piccup Pram was the first boat of my
design to get built, back in 1990, I think. I still have
the prototype and use it regularly. I designed it to be
the best sail/row boat I could put in the back of my short
bed pick up truck. But I found it to be a good cartopper,
too. It has capacity and abilities I had previously thought
impossible in a 90 pound cartopper. The photo above shows
the original 55 square foot sail on Pensacola bay a long
time ago. Piccup is a taped seam multichine hull which
can take a fair amount of rough water.
Piccup continues to be one of my most
popular designs and I get nice photos from builders. Here
is one of Richard Donovan hoping for more wind up in Massachusetts.
Richard's Piccup has the larger 70 square
foot sail that prefer myself. It's the same as the original
but is 2' taller. This balanced lug sail sets on a 12'
mast and rolls up easily for storage on its 9' yard and
boom. The idea was to be able to store the rig easily
in the boat during rowing and it works. There is a pivoting
leeboard and kickup rudder on the boat and they can be
left in place raised while rowing. Converting to full
sail takes a couple of minutes as you step the short mast,
clip on the halyard and tack lines, hoist the sail, lower
the boards, and off you go. And the balanced lug sail
reefs very well although reefing any small boat is best
done on shore.
Here is a Piccup by Vince Mansolillo
in Rhode Island, a nice father/son project. Piccup will
be large enough to hold both of them. You can see the
large open frameless cockpit, large enough for sleeping.
And you see the buoyancy/storage boxes on the end.
But Piccup will take two adults as seen
in the photo of Jim Hudson's boat. Jim's boat has a polytarp
sail as does my own Piccup.
These boats have proven to be good for
sail rig tinkerers (be sure to read and apply the Sail Area Math essay before starting). Here
I am in Piccup with a polytarp sharpie sprit sail. The
rig is different from the originals but the hull here
is totally unchanged (except for paint) from the original
shown on the beach at Pensacola.
I think my own Piccup has had about
six rigs of different sorts and was always the test bed
for the polytarp sail experiments. But, hey!, that's nothing
compared to the tinkering Reed Smith did with his out
in California. Here is his Piccup rigged as a sharpie
Here is Rob Rhode-Szudy's yawl rig Piccup that was featured in his essays about building Piccup that you can access through the old issue links.
Here is another by Doug Bell:
This one is by Jim Islip:
And this one by Ty Homer:
Piccup Pram uses taped seam construction
from five sheets of 1/4" plywood.