GNALGAN has been my project over the winter months in Victoria, Australia. The name is an Australian Aboriginal word for the “Nankeen Night Heron.”

She is made of 4mm marine ply which has been coated inside and out with fibreglass. She is fitted with an electric bilge pump located behind the backrest with all electrics on the other side of the rear bulkhead.

This was my first attempt at any form of boat building and certainly my first introduction to fibreglass.

The construction was based on plans designed by Nick Schade and purchased through Chesapeake Light Craft (CLC) using the stitch & glue method. I am sure that purchasing the pre-cut panels would have been simpler but starting only with a few pieces of paper and ply panels created a much greater challenge. Total construction time was probably around 120 -150 hours.

In short I am pleased with the result. She was finally launched on the 20th December 2014, one week behind my predicted schedule date guessed at the beginning.

Design Specs

Designer Name: 
Nick Schade
Builder Name: 
Stephen Molan
Home Port: 
Melbourne, Australia
Launching Date: 
December 20, 2014