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BLACK DAMSEL


Tags: Ken Bassett, Firefly
Builder, Lorenz Rutz.
Black Damsel poised for launch.
The first stroke.
My daughter, Charlotte.
Black Damsel

BLACK DAMSEL is a Ken Bassett Firefly design, plans from WoodenBoat. Bassett’s plans call for plywood fastened to stem, keelson and chine logs. I wanted to build this boat stitch and glue to simplify things and hopefully reduce the weight. I contacted Bassett and he gave me his blessing to proceed. She’s built of 4mm occoume, glassed inside and outside. Trim is all Douglas fir. I added some fore and aft flotation, taking a page from Annapolis Wherry. The results are in. She’s lovely and the four of us who rowed pronounced her sweet; fast, stable. The rig is a refurbished Martin Marine Oarmaster.



DESIGN SPECS
LOA (feet):
18′ 
0″
Beam (feet):
2′ 
10″
Type/Rig/Power:
Performance Rowing
Home Port:
Pompanoosuc, Vermont
Designer Name:
Ken Bassett
Builder Name:
Lorenz Rutz
Launching Date:
August 18, 2013
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