About a design


Designs are for sale, for various types of craft.

I have designs of various craft, in both classic and modern style and construction.

Rowhedge Raider

I designed this boat for a Classic Boat Magazine design competition for a "raid boat" - my original inspiration was Phil Bolger's "Thomaston Galley" which I had recently built and that is where the basic hull form comes from - however from that point on, as well as making a much bigger boat with a canoe stern, I have incorporated quite a few ideas which are not common - so perhaps that's why the design disappeared without trace! I think it would be an interesting project but not appealing to everyone - one aspect is that stiffness is compromised for rowing qualities.

Nottage Dinghy

The Nottage dinghy is the stock design used for the Traditional Boat Building Course at the Nottage Institute in Wivenhoe (more photos on that link).

Length 3.0m (9ft 9ins); Beam 1.6m (4ft 7ins); Sail Area 5.0 sq m (55 sq ft)

CHERUB 2-1/2

This design was commissioned by Trevor Pallet around 1993 who coined the name "Cherub two-and-a-half" for the project - the idea was to use the existing lines of Albert Strange's Cherub II expanded by 15% (hence giving a size about 2.5 times the displacement of the original) - but with the addition of a cabin and inboard engine. The rig and appearance was to emulate the character of an AS design. The dimensions of the boat allows use of narrow guage canals which was one of the reasons for this choice.

YARA - a 26 ft traditional yawl

more detail to follow - page under construction

The green canoe

17 ft 9ins x 32 ins ; weight85lb.

Wood Technology - Modern or Traditional?

1) Wooden Boatbuilding – Traditional and Modern

Timber can be seen as bundles of natural tube-like fibre (along the grain) which can be glued together in different ways to make up the different elements of a boat. We retain useful qualities of wood: the “feel”, beautiful appearance, resistance to fatigue, strength with low density, and insulation to heat and sound. The MODERN wooden boat combines plywood with raw timber, also often adding man-made fibre (mainly glass-fibre), with epoxy resins formulated for wood to hold it all together. Plywood is usually bought in as a factory-produced sheet material.

Osea Brig

Dainty Lady (1984)

This dinghy has similarities with North American yawl boats and some Scottish craft, developed from a rowing boat form – fine lines below the waterline and slack bilges to give an easily driven hull. Above the waterline the topsides flare to a wide beam with good freeboard to make a dry sailing hull with reserve stability and plenty of space for the crew (up to four adults).

An inboard yacht tender replica - 10ft x 4ft 3ins (3.1m x 1.3m)


A close replica of the 1920's yacht tender Charlotte built by Morgan Giles. This boat was on show at the National Motor Boat Museum at Wat Tyler Country Park in Essex (at Pitsea, near Basildon) and was exhibited at Greenwich Wooden Boat Show in 1989.

Colne Canoe

Length 16ft 6 ins; Beam 31 ins; weight range 65lb - 90lb depending on detail

Design No 13 (1992) construction plywood - "stitch 'n glue", 5 plank hull

Plan price £25.00 including UK postage. the plan is in imperial units
The plan consists of an A1 sheet with an accompanying textual guide, including a way to make a simple sailing rig. The method is stich 'n' glue and the builder is expected to refer to more detailed published texts about this if necessary.

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