I have just acquired this little dinghy for £50
what do you think chaps?
Somehow I don’t see this chick growing up to be a Fisher 25…
she has some growing to do that is for sure – but I will have fun rigging it to sail
Shades of walker bay…………
Quite a find, and a good man shed project. Good luck and enjoy.
you are dead right ….. it is just like a walker bay …. but 40 years older.
it will be great thing to play with in nice warm shed through long winter nights
You’ll have it right-and-Bristol-fashion in no time. And it actually has a mount for a mast!! Woohoo!!No centerboard? Or is that a swing keel trunk? I didn’t see a slot in the keel.
Would you like a few suggests for a name?
I am open to suggestions
How about a “cat boat” style sail…….with a nonsuch set up ??
(Anagram of Dylan Winter)
Could be useful to use when dealing with HMR&C, VAT, CSA. etc….
Or Winndy Dater……… :)
Any Wild Tern ……..
As they say in the weather forecasts.
Normally I’m against puns for boat names, but I like that one for the irony as you putt-putt past with sails furled…
‘A scow, in the original sense, is a flat-bottomed boat with a blunt bow, often used to haul bulk freight; cf. barge. The etymology of the word is from the Dutch schouwe, meaning such a boat.’
Any Dutch ideas?
on the solent as scow is a small dinghy with a single sail – a sailing tender if you like
they tend to have flat bottoms – but are still clinker
I guess names change with geography
in lymington they race them
As Dylan enjoys a good fry-up, maybe The Frying Dutchman?
When you have it home and worked out what you need to do, especially rebuilding the centreboard (or plate) case, hopefully you will share your thoughts. Re the plate, that is if you go for a metal one, why not adopt the handle type lifting lever as used on the various classes of Solent Scows. Just a thought.
I slapped a mast step together and stuck in the optimist rig
it sailed very well with just the oar and no centre plate – not close winded but that is okay
I didn’t see a slot in the keel for a centerboard or daggerboard. I suspect they used the same mold for a rowing-version, and a sailing-version with just a change in shape to the trunk-mold to support the seat. She has a nice shape…
Amazing how flexible the Optimist sail-rig is, it will propel almost anything under 12-ft.
the slot has been covered up with some plastic rubbing strip.
I am looking forward to seeing it sailing properly.
Looks like a lugger with the mast stepped forward. I have a dinghy like that. It has a wee bowsprit and takes a Mirror rig. A mate of yours has just collected 2 Mirror rudders from me. Would they be for this project?
two rudders for the price of one
He’s doing me a favour, helping to get rid of lots of surplus boaty sundries. I’ve sent him an email with photos of a Mirror mast (aluminium) and sails, and a third rudder, that I have (I was going to open a rudder museum).I have managed to hoard so much random boat crap that I am forced to rent a council lock up to keep it in! I have sails for boats I’ve never owned (eg tatty Enterprise main) plus boxes and buckets of totally random fittings, shackles and blocks. If I find a boaty thing being junked or washed up, I can’t resist stripping it & keeping all the screws, even the de-zincing brass ones! There must be professional help for me somewhere in the health service.
… and then one buys new screws, etc – I like the de-zinced ones, and I may even have some in a tin somewhere. It comes under the heading of OCD. There could be an OCD club formed, and maybe even an annual festival with everyone bring a load of their bits to show off some of their collection. Hey ho!
Out on the Medway saw
MAID OF BITZ.
Got talking to a member of Erith YC who told me someone called Bill Owen has named his boat Bills Owing…