An i550 built by Jon Raymond of Polson, Montana, homeport for Critical Twist is Dayton, Montana on Flathead Lake. The i550 is a Stitch and Glue Sport Boat designed with simplicity as a goal. Displacement is 800 pounds, upwind sail area 240 sq. ft, asymetrical spinnaker for downwind planing, lifting keel with a bulb for trailering.
I was having difficulty getting out of my SOT kayak and needed a small skiff to row around the lake near my house. I wanted something I could put in the back of my S10 pickup, so I chose the Hannu 10 1/2 foot skiff. I have always liked the looks of cedar wood so decided to make all seats decking and rub rails of cedar. Seats and decking OK rub rails need to be of harder wood, But the boat does look good in the water. The high sides compared to the kayak are a breeze.
12′ Chesapeake Light Craft Wood Duck kayak. Launched at The Whalehead Club at Corolla, NC in June. Constructed by Jeff Loomis between January and June, 2013. Full name is “How much wood could a wood duck duck if a wood duck could duck wood?”, but shorted to “How Much?” as that was the question most often asked during construction: “I want to build a boat”, “How much?”… “I’ll need some space in the basement”, “How much?”… “I’ll be making a bit of a sawdust mess”, “How much?”… “The varnish is going to smell somewhat”, “How much?” and so forth :-).
Designer-builder Sam Devlin has refined the stitch-and-glue method of boatbuilding over the past 30 years. In the September issue, we present his line of small powerboats and examine how they’ve evolved over the years.