Sometimes it is fun to put together a boat that takes little time to build and has a wealth of uses. Last winter at the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre and Wooden Boat Society in Cowichan Bay we downloaded from the internet a set of plans for a small dinghy that is stitch and glue. The design is known as a Devlin 4... years ago I built one using the wire stitch and glue method...this one we used Zap straps...those wonderful one way plastic ties. Once the epoxy/fiberglass has kicked off on the inside a cold chisel finishes the outside flush for the outer epoxy/fiberglass tape.
Natalie McHaffie built two Nutshell Prams in her living room for her grandchildren.
Grandson Yann’s “Yankipoo” has an inlaid transom with the boat’s name and dragon logo. The bow of granddaughter Clara’s “Clara Belle” is decorated with the name, a dolphin and a knotted rope border carved in teak.
Yankipoo was launched in July, 2011 for Yann’s 8th birthday. Clara Belle was launched July 1, 2012 for Clara’s 6th birthday. Both boats are sailed by family and neighbours on Lake Saint Charles in the Gatineau hills in Quebec, Canada.