This lovely craft was commissioned
by Tom Dunderdale after reading the series of articles in
the Classic Boat magazine on the 13’ strip planked canoe
yawl Ethel. The idea was to produce a canoe yawl of similar
style to those of the last century used by Baden Powell and
MacGregor and which formed the basis of modern canoeing today
but using modern ply/epoxy construction methods with computer
generated plank shapes. Her length is based upon the maximum
length of plank that you can get out of 2 sheets of ply and
we have increased the beam a little over the original Ethel
design which allows more extensive cruising and even the ability
to sleep on board. She uses 6 sheets of 6mm and one of 9mm
ply in her construction.
The standard set of plans show details
for stitch and epoxy construction using 7 planks per side
to give a beautiful round bottom hull shape and details are
given for her to be fitted out in classic style with a lug
yawl rig. The plans include mould shapes and construction
details for her to be made using the strip plank method. Tom
reports that up to a force 2 she will sail herself both before
and into the wind hands off allowing the helmsman to drink
his beer in comfort. Above that, she handles herself with
grace and she rows very well with excellent tracking.
Plans also include mould shapes and details for strip planking.
An example by Chris Bell.
with 7 planks per side
and tape - molds are also given for strip plank
sheets of 6mm and 1 sheet of 9mm marine plywood
adults day sailing
x A1 drawings + 10 A4 instruction and detail sheets