Little Scow

I have just acquired this little dinghy for £50

what do you think chaps?

This is about Dylan Winter's Blog, Sailing around Britain.

28 Responses to “Little Scow”

  1. 3 August, 2017 at 10:23 pmHerman Verheij says:

    Somehow I don’t see this chick growing up to be a Fisher 25…

  2. 3 August, 2017 at 10:25 pmdylan winter says:

    she has some growing to do that is for sure – but I will have fun rigging it to sail


  3. 4 August, 2017 at 7:20 amjack says:

    Shades of walker bay…………

  4. 4 August, 2017 at 7:23 amTed Timberlake says:

    Quite a find, and a good man shed project. Good luck and enjoy.

  5. 4 August, 2017 at 7:25 amdylan winter says:

    you are dead right ….. it is just like a walker bay …. but 40 years older.

  6. 4 August, 2017 at 7:27 amdylan winter says:

    it will be great thing to play with in nice warm shed through long winter nights

  7. 4 August, 2017 at 2:26 pmTed B. (Charging Rhino) says:

    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.

  8. 4 August, 2017 at 6:58 pmTim says:



    Would you like a few suggests for a name?


  9. 4 August, 2017 at 7:46 pmdylan winter says:

    I am open to suggestions

  10. 4 August, 2017 at 8:54 pmjack says:

    How about a “cat boat” style sail…….with a nonsuch set up ??

  11. 4 August, 2017 at 10:12 pmTim says:

    Linndy Water.

    (Anagram of Dylan Winter)

    Could be useful to use when dealing with HMR&C, VAT, CSA. etc….

  12. 5 August, 2017 at 8:26 amjack says:

    Or Winndy Dater……… :)

  13. 5 August, 2017 at 8:34 amjack says:

    Any Wild Tern ……..

  14. 5 August, 2017 at 2:18 pmTim says:

    Winndy Later.

    As they say in the weather forecasts.

  15. 5 August, 2017 at 7:40 pmTed B. (Charging Rhino) says:

    Normally I’m against puns for boat names, but I like that one for the irony as you putt-putt past with sails furled…

  16. 8 August, 2017 at 12:49 pmTim says:

    ‘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?

  17. 8 August, 2017 at 1:14 pmdylan winter says:

    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

  18. 8 August, 2017 at 2:02 pmTim says:

    As Dylan enjoys a good fry-up, maybe The Frying Dutchman?

  19. 8 August, 2017 at 2:35 pmTed Timberlake says:

    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.

  20. 8 August, 2017 at 3:35 pmdylan winter says:

    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

  21. 9 August, 2017 at 5:42 pmTed B. (Charging Rhino) says:

    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.

  22. 9 August, 2017 at 10:31 pmdylan winter says:


    the slot has been covered up with some plastic rubbing strip.

    I am looking forward to seeing it sailing properly.


  23. 10 August, 2017 at 9:53 pmAndy Morgan says:

    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?

  24. 10 August, 2017 at 10:27 pmdylan winter says:

    they are

    two rudders for the price of one

  25. 11 August, 2017 at 8:57 pmAndy Morgan says:

    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.

  26. 12 August, 2017 at 9:56 amTed Timberlake says:

    … 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!

  27. 20 August, 2017 at 8:50 amTim says:

    Out on the Medway saw


    Any advances?

  28. 21 August, 2017 at 8:55 pmTim says:

    Got talking to a member of Erith YC who told me someone called Bill Owen has named his boat Bills Owing…

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