When Andy Bradbury started building the Cartopper dinghy on his patio, he promised his wife it would only take a couple of months for him to finish. Just short of two years after that, he finally launched the 11′ 6″ WREN in his home waters of the Pamilico River Washington, North Carolina. His wife, Kristin, and two children, Ellie and Margaret, joined him on WREN's second voyage
This Kaholo stand-up paddleboard and Bolger Pointy skiff are just two of the boats that Jed Lavoie has built. He built the paddleboard (plans from Chesapeake Light Craft) from okoume plywood, sheathed with fiberglass and epoxy. The birdsmouth paddle is made from spruce, cedar, and mahogany. Jed made the Pointy skiff from exterior-grade plywwod sheathed in fiberglass and epoxy. Then he painted it with Glidden porch paint.
Carl Sylvester built this 15′3″ Gloucester Gull dory as an economy boat using fir marine plywood on pine frames. He fiberglassed bottom of the hull designed by Phil Bolger and Dynamite Payson. The interior is covered with latex paint, while Carl put a coat of single-part polyurethane on the exterior. You can find out more about building this boat in Dynamite’s book, Go Build Your Own Boat!, available from The WoodenBoat Store.
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.
15 ft skiff designed by Phil Bolger and taken from Dynamite Payson's Instant Boats book. It was an enjoyable first boat project. I added an center rear seat and a bow seat. I launched her into San Diego Bay. There was a slight chop so she bounced a bit, but there really was very little weight in the boat. She has a very shallow draft. She is a dry boat and corners well. I am impressed with Phil Bolger designs and the tack and tape techniques.
Gloria Burge built this 6′6″ Philip Bolger Tortoise design and launched in in August 2012 in Searsport, Maine. She built the boat, glued and screwed, mostly, she says, in the living room of her camper. She plans to use it for “micro-mini beach cruising excursions.” Her friend Zoe Calder took this picture.
David Russell, David Russell, Jr., and James Brownlee built this modified 16′ Catfish Beachcruiser over the summer of 2007, and launched her in August 2007 in Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. The design is by Phil Bolger. During a storm in the summer 2011, the rudder broke and drove the boat onto a sandbar. They made the necessary repairs and relaunched her in May 2011. RRB RED carries and 3.5 hp motor.
Alyssa Drake and her father, Peter Drake, built this Phil Bolger–designed 8′ Elegant Punt. They launched CHUPI at Mystic Seaport in the fall of 2011. Plans are available from Phil Bolger & Friends, Inc., P.O. Box 1209, Gloucester, MA 01930.
Charlie Wetherill built this 7′9″ Ruben's Nymph design (plan # 516) by Dynamite Payson and Phil Bolger from plans bought at the website, www.instantboats.com. He used instant boat tack-and-tape construction, then painted KITTY with International Harvester white tractor paint. He considers it “a tribute to both of these fine men and their contributions to the world of boats.”
Watch out for Greg Henzel and his two young daughters rowing around in A-K SUNSHINE on Puget Sound near their home in Gig Harbor, Washington. A-K SUNSHINE, named by the girls, is Phil Bolger/Dynamite Payson Cartopper design, which is found in Dynamite's book Instant Boatbuilding with Dynamite Payson. Greg spent about 18 months building the boat, "at a leisurely pace." She has 1/4" AC exterior plyood covered with fiberglass and epoxy on the hull. Greg adn his daughgters will row A-K SUNSHINE for fishing and crabbing trips, and for just messing around.
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.
Markus and Angie Puskarich of Key West. FL launched this Bolger/Payson designed 18' Clam Skiff on Dec 9, 2001. They say the design is great for fishing and exploring in the Florida Keys. They suggest using latex outdoor paint, and having your children paint the boat then put both children and brushes in the shower.