Inspired by Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons series of books, Steve, Fiammetta, and Elena Householder built this 10′ 2″ Acorn Puffin dinghy, AZURE, designed by Iain Oughtred. Under the guise of Otter Dotter Boats and Mater Otter Sail Loft, they built the boat from Iain’s plans and then added a sail made from a SailRite kit. “Some assembly required, wind not included.”
“Sea Shadow,” Canada’s first St. Ayles skiff, was launched on June 1st. Twelve friends from the Bay of Quinte region in eastern Ontario started the project at the beginning of January. Most of the group knew their way around a woodworking shop and a few had prior boat building experience. Our hope is to see more boats built by communities in the region, around the province and across Canada. We will be taking the boat to this year’s WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport to compete in North American Championships.
Mark McGinley built this Iain Oughtred–designed 7-1/2′ Auk ELSIE KAY from okoume plywood as well as locally cut quarter-sawn oak, ash, and pine. She is the tender for his Pacific Seacraft PS-25 located in the Apostle Islands area of Lake Superior.
After he moved toBangladesh with his wife and infant son, Henry Richards of Belmont, Massachusetts, had some free time on his hands. He began perusing WoodenBoat in hopes of finding a boat that was fast and on the easier side to build. One day, he came upon a photo of Iain Oughtred’s Caledonia Yawl that took my breath away. Exploring further, he also found the CY had a large fan base, notably on the Crazy Bird CY discussion page.
Patrick Dawson of Ottawa, Ontario, writes that he’s been wanting to build this boat for over 25 years. He adds, “I have been reading WoodenBoat for 30 years which, at least to me, explains why it has taken me so long to build EDIE—I kept seeing more boats that I wanted to build every other month.” Patrick bought the plans for Iain Oughtred's 11′9″ Acorn skiff from The WoodenBoat Store back in 1983.
Bev and Frank Salomonsen of Rochester, Minnesota, built this balanced-lug sailboat from plans of the Tirrik design by Iain Oughtred. They built the 16′10″ hull from okoume plywood planking, with stem and keel of white oak. They gave the white oak and mahogany deck a varnished finish to show off the beauty of the woods used. In this photograph, Frank, Bev, and their friend Captain Halvard Korsberg christen the boat NORSKA FLICKA last August at Leech Lake, Minnesota. You might see them sailing on any of Minnesota’s many lakes.
First-time builder Arne Ojala of West Barnstable, Massachusetts, started building this 18′3″ Swampscott Dory in January 2012, from plans by Iain Oughtred, that he bought at The WoodenBoat Store. He built the hull of the CAP’N LEWELL A. SWAN from 5/8″ Eastern white pine planking on frames of black locust, also constructing the stem and transom from black locust. The bottom of the hull is built from 1″ pine with locust rub strakes on the bilges to protect the hull when beaching.
Though he’s read WoodenBoat magazine for most his adult life, Andrew Noble of Basket Range, South Australia, finally built his first boat. MOLLIE is a 7′10″ Auk design by Iain Oughtred, and carries 42 sq ft of sail. Andrew bought the plans from Duck Flat Wooden Boats. He built her mostly from marine plywood, and scrap odds and ends, including quarter knees from an Australian oak wardrobe. She is named for Andrew’s grandmother.
Mark McGinley built this Iain Oughtred design 7 1/2′ Auk “ELSIE KAY” from Okoume plywood as well as locally cut Quarter sawn oak, ash, and pine. She is the tender for his Pacific Seacraft PS-25 located in the Apostle Islands area of lake Superior.
Sundowner had her humble beginnings at the WoodenBoat School’s 2011 Glued Lapstrake class taught by Geoff Kerr. I was fortunate enough to take her home and finish the work we had started. A local mill supplied the cherry, walnut, and pine which I used to finish the hull. My wife and I primarily sail in the lakes region of New Hampshire with occasional trips to Vermont and the coast of Maine. Join us for a sail if you see us on the water.
Randall Kleeman led a class of 12 students at the Anglo-American School of Moscow, Russia, in the construction of PETER THE GREAT, an Iain Oughtred Whilly boat design. The boat carries 80 sq ft of sail and weighs about 140 lbs. The class built the glued-lap hull from okoume plywood, oak, and spruce. They shaped the spars with handtools.
Jack Lightfoot has been busy. He built a Francis Herreshoff/John Gardner pram, then an Iain Oughtred McGregor canoe (15'8" x 33"), and has now started a Phil Bolger dory. Jack writes the McGregor took him six months to build, and that was without using any power tools. He used iroko and luan plywood, dimensional spruce, and some salvaged mahogany. The McGregor self-steers, he adds, but the winds at Christmas Tree Island, FL, are too strong for the sails most of the time.
Paul Riedl built the rowing version of the 9'6" Granny Pram designed by Iain Oughtred of Findhorn, Scotland. He used conventional glued-lapstrake construction using marine okoume plywood, oak, and epoxy.
Iain Oughtred of Findhorn, Scotland, designed this 10' dinghy that Larry Dow built over the winter of 2002. After 200 hours of construction, he launched her in Eliot, Maine, in July 2002. He used 6mm marine plywood with a laminated fir stem and mahogany trim.
Dick Harrington built this Iain Oughtred-designed Acorn skiff for Dave Clarke. Her overall length is 8' and she can be rowed or sailed. The skiff was built of okoume plywood. Dave uses her as a tender for his 40' schooner, WINFIELD LASH, that appeared on the cover of WoodenBoat 166 (May/June 2002).
Ron Breault built this boat to use as a tender to MARIONETTE, hence the name ’TEER. Though he launched her “in the last century” his enthusiasm for ’TEER has not waned and he showed her at the 2009 WoodenBoat Show, where she looked just gorgeous. The 1/4″ lapped strakes are okoume plywood, edge beveled and epoxy glued. Sporting Shaw & Tenney oars with sewn leathers, she has mahogany transoms, seats, floorboards and rail trim. Oak inserts and carrying handles are built into the rail.