Simon Watts Sea Urchin Dinghy

These handsome, practical row boats were routinely built by Nova Scotia shipwright, Jim Smith in six days, painted and ready for the water.

Simon Watts’ designs for these boats are a great way to get introduced to boatbuilding and rowing. He bought the original boat second hand from Jim Smith in 1968. Named “Sea Urchin” by Simon’s children, the boat is easily rowed and handled by youngsters. It tows well and makes a good tender to a larger vessel — although it's rather too heavy to be conveniently carried on deck.

Simon’s son Richard handles the sale of the plans, and his contact information is below. Simon himself can be contacted with questions at simonawatts@earthlink.net.

Design Specs

Designer: 
Sam Manning, Bill Nielsen, and Simon Watts
Year of Design: 
1993
LOA: 
Ten feet, two inches
Beam: 
Three feet, ten inches
Materials: 
Wood
Propulsion: 
Oars
Skill Level to Build: 
Beginner
Available as: 
Complete Plans
Cost: 
$24
Contact Information: 

Richard Watts
watts@gmavt.net