Rozinante – A pictorial of the refit of our Herreschoff Rozinante canoe yawl, now owned by a friend.

December 14, 2010 at 4:16 am  |   Boat Building Projects

Rozinante, the horse, was Don Quixote’s mule, whom he imagined a steed. Rozinante, the canoe yawl, was Francis Herreschoff’s idealized vision of the perfect, spartant, and beautiful cruiser, as described in his book, “The Compleat Cruiser” in the 1956. Like Quixote, the sailorman notes that his life and adventures aboard are about 7/8′s imagination.


Bolger Light Schooner – A step-by-step construction pictorial of my 1999 Phil Bolger Light Scooner

December 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm  |   Boat Building Projects

Plans for the Bolger Light Scooner are described and reproduced at reduced scale in Dynamite Payson’s book “Build the New Instant Boats” (McGraw-Hill International Marine 1984). There are a few dimensions to be scaled, which appear to about 1 mm = 1.55 inch. If you’re not a draftsman, you might want originals, available from Payson (and I assume Phil Bolger) at true scale.


Bolger Sneakeasy — A step-by-step 1997 construction pictorial of my box-keel Bolger Sneakeasy

December 14, 2010 at 8:39 pm  |   Boat Building Projects

I ordered my Sneakeasy plans for the older ‘square’ design from Dynamite Payson. Philip C. Bolger’s “Boats with an Open Mind” (McGraw-Hill International Marine 1994) describes both that version and the box keel version I built. Apparently, there are no expanded panels available for the latter (I assume those plans would be available from Bolger). So, I entered the box keel hull into my free Hulls program and plotted out the expansions on Tyvek on my 6′ by 32′ plotter. I didn’t end up using all my plots; for the sides it was just as easy to clamp plywood to the boat and transfer by hand.


Whitehall Wherry — In 1998 I took lines from a 16 footer drawn by Platt Monfort for this build

December 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm  |   Boat Building Projects

I took some lines in 1998 for this little frameless Whitehall Wherry from a 16 footer drawn by Platt Monfort. I entered it into the Hulls program, creating a multi-chine version and shrinking to 12 feet. Built over temporary frames of 1/4″ luan and epoxy/glass both inside and out. Mahogany gunwhales and thwart seats stiffen it right up. Light enough at about 65 lbs, rows fast and tracks well with the small skeg.