I’ve been building this auk for the last five years in my garage. The idea was that I would learn how to build a boat with this one and then move onto something a little larger, but I am not too sure how my wife will take to the news that I’m starting another one. She was intended as a little sailing, rowing and fishing boat for my son Ben and daughter Lily to learn in. They both love her and are convinced that she is a lot better built than she really is. The auk is named Melissa in honour of my very understanding and patient wife.
Everyone seems to love this little boat. Building one of Iain Oughtred’s designs has been a real pleasure — his plans are superb and to my eye at least are a work of art on their own. She performs really well, just out paddling, fishing or taking on some easy rivers. I am thinking of adding a small sprit rig for light airs. Stability is limited so this could be interesting!