John Jamieson worked for decades as a shipwright in Juneau, Alaska, before retiring to Kila, Montana. He now builds skiffs, kayaks, drift boats, and, with the arrival of a niece, cradle boats. He considers this a working skiff rather than a yacht as he built it from common lumberyard materials and paint. John hopes it will carry more than a few little sailors on their first voyage. He ordered plans from Jordan Wood Boats in South Beach, Oregon.
I designed and built the cradle boat Li’l Longship for my soon-to-be-launched grandson. With her bold, sweeping hull lines and imposing figureheads I’ve tried to capture the spirit of the classic Viking Longship. It also fits neatly into the growing fleet of cradle boats I have designed going back to 1988. You can see them at www.jordanwoodboats.com
Jessie and Giles Kopfelt get plenty of seatime aboard their Gloucester Rocker built by their grandfather Svein Kopfelt. The rodker gots tons of sea miles under it already. Svein got the plans from The WoodenBoat Store.
Blanket Bay was built for my granddaughter, born today, May 27th. I wanted a design that got the cradle up off the floor (my daughter has three little dogs) and this design fit the bill. It’s clinker built of 1088 Hydratec Meranti ply, with solid Maple gunwales. The plans call for copper rivets; I used glue and thickened glue instead. I painted her with non-toxic acrylic paint on the hull, raw linseed oil and beeswax on the gunwales. I hope Blanket Bay has many safe voyages.
Miles Macedo of North Providence, Rhode Island, launched his 3′ rocker dory on Christmas Day, 2012. His grandfateher, Rod Fuqua, built the boat with cedar planking and oak stem and transom. He bought the plans by Buckley Smith at The WoodenBoat Store.
Introducing Wee Pumpkin, the newest addition to our cradle boat fleet! Featuring full size patterns for all parts, a complete construction booklet, and a unique building system that is builder and baby-friendly. Requiring only about 3 days for construction, this delightful little cradle boat can be finished and ready for the newborn sailor in time for even the strictest of nature’s timelines.
Terry Matthews of Mt. Vernon, WA, built not one but two boats for his granddaughter, Etta Cameron, who was launched herself in April 2010. Terry welcomed her home with rocking boat cradle designed by Jordan Boats of South Beach, Oregon, and shown on the right in these pictures.
Stu Fyfe of Brewster, Massachusetts, launchged this 54" Beach Pea Baby Cradle just about the time of the launch of his grandson, Owen James Fyfe. Inspired by the Doug Hylan Beach Pea that he'd already built, Stu put this cradle together with mahogany plywood, Douglas-fir, and rockers made of ash.