WREN was built on our patio in Chapel Hill, NC. It only took about 20 months longer then the 2 months I originally promised my wife. This was my first attempt at boat building and now I'm ready to leave my job as a nurse, head back to school, and figure out how to make a livelihood of it. I'll clearly need to learn more respect for not changing builder's plans as the cedar floor and rear seat I made added an unexpected amount of weight to the boat making it fairly difficult to actually put on top of the car.
Jim French was needing a boat when his friend Jim Tuck received Dynamite Payson's book, Build the New Instant Boats, for Christmas. So Jim Tuck lent his friend the book, and the use of his shop, and some wood, and a bit of help, now and then. Jim French built a Cartopper skiff in his friend's shop, modifying Payson's instructions by adding a pair of Douglas-fir chine logs and making the center thwart removable. This meant the boat balanced well with one, two, or three people aboard. Jim and Valerie French launched their light little fishing boat in June 2010.