The launch of “Badger” was attended by family and friends at Clark Center Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Badger’s design is based upon the lines and offsets from John Gardner's plans for a 14 foot rowing Peapod in his book, “Building Classic Small Craft.” In consultation with naval architect Paul Ricelli, the design was adapted for construction in 3/8 inch thick cypress strips, encapsulated in 10 oz fiberglass cloth. The keel is ash with red oak gunwales, pine thwarts, ipe oarlock pads and walnut breasthooks.
Rick Pope plans to row his Doug Hylan-designed peapod on every lake and pond in Vermont. He built the Beach Pea using just the articles Doug wrote in WoodenBoat magazines #133, 134, and 135. Rick started building this 13'6" boat in July of 2000, and was happy to launch her at Peacham Pond in Montpelier, VT, on August 17, 2004.
Duncan Burns writes of his 13' peapod, SWEET PEA, “Built to the Doug Hylan design and launched in February 1998, this peapod has logged better than 2,000 nautical miles in Long Island Sound between City Island, NY and Stamford, CT. For the first 1,000 miles, I was preoccupied with the lack of mechanical fasteners in the planking. Regular meetings with rocks while fishing and occasional icebreaking outings in the winter have finally convinced me that these epoxy guys may be onto something.”