17' PULLING BOAT :
12" at side
| One fixed thwart and
one moveable thwart allow one or two rowers to drive this boat on an even
keel. A narrow transom stern will accommodate a trolling motor for fishing
as well. Since the boat was first patterned after the Adirondack and Rangeley
Guide boats, you ought to be able to fish from it!
Glued lapstrake construction with a minimum of transverse framing produces a boat lighter than all previous versions, and Herreshoff's almost trade-mark flat bottom will take the beach for decades to come. ATHELAS can be planked up with 1/4 inch fir or 6mm ocume plywood, and her bottom from 1/2 inch fir or 9 mm apitong or sepele ply. 4 x 10 foot lengths of fir plywood are available on the east coast, and 5 x 10 ocume on the west coast.
This Tom Hill "Ultra-light Construction" style boat weighed in at only 81 pounds. This is a car-top-able design that one person can get on and off, and to the water with one set of kayak or canoe wheels. You can make your own oars, or order spruce oars from , or your favorite supplier. A set of spruce oars with leathers is about 8 pounds.
| There are plenty of
designs and kits available for sliding seat boats with a narrower hull
and outriggers, but no other plans for this "common sense" boat. Plans
cost $75. Materials cost about $415. Labor is about 60 hours for the mold
and 160 hours to build and finish the boat. Custom built, about $2000.
If you want a slightly faster boat for two people, the design can simply be stretched to 18 feet by adding an inch to each station on the mold. If you want a lighter boat, see ATHEY.
2202 SE Vickie Drive, Prineville, OR, 97754