Jim Wharton built his Handy Billy launch singlehandedly over the course of seven years in an unheated barn, so the work was confined to warm weather months. Working part-time for most of the years, he reports that much progress was made in the first spring and summer after he retired. He used the three-part how-to-build article in WoodenBoat [Nos. 159-161] as a construction guide and says that this was his first attempt at a planked boat.
“Inspired by Mathew Murphy’s article, ‘A Solo Canoe for Double Paddle’ (Small Boats 2007), a 10′6″ version of Harry Bryan’s Fiddlehead is now being paddled around the bays and beaches of the Bucklands Peninsula” in New Zealand, writes Tony Hinde. Named for his grandmother’s “favorite words of disparagement,” O FIDDLE D D went together in less than six months of part-time construction and fit the bill for “an easily managed, short-term, self-build craft” that can be walked to the nearby beach when conditions and inclination allow.
Randy Colker built this Harry Bryan-designed Wee Lassie for his wife, Shirley. She needed a boat light enough for her to move it to and from the water without assistance. As you can see here, she can move it easily, she can even lift it by herself. Randy used cedar strips for the planking, with mahogany and cherry for everything else. Shirley enjoys paddling on the Poquoson River in Virginia.