The plans are a Platt Monfort Classic 12′ that I stretched out to 13′. I beefed up the backbone a bit from the mast step to aft of the daggerboard trunk anticipating its sailing life. The lug sail, spars, daggerboard and kick-up rudder came from CLC BOATS as a kit for their Passagemaker Pram. All the long pieces were made from cypress rippings that had been hanging around my shop since the '80s. The ribs, floorboards etc. were quarter-sawn from a white oak log, milled up and steamed where necessary. The seats and transom are from Okoume and Sapele marine ply. The frame is covered with an 8 oz polyester cloth impregnated with 4 coats of a Target water-based Polycarbonate Urethane. The moveable oarlock risers and skeg are teak. The name KINTSUGI means golden joinery and refers to the Japanese art of repairing pottery with lacquer and powdered gold, silver or platinum. It embodies a philosophy that embraces completeness rather than the absence of flaws, a view that values wear and damage as the accumulation of the history and meaning of something rather than as the erosion of perfection.

Sailing the KINTSUGI in Chincoteague Bay

Design Specs

Designer Name: 
Platt Monfort
Lug rig
Builder Name: 
John Millen
Home Port: 
Baltimore, MD
Launching Date: 
August 25, 2014