A competition is underway to see who can build the best boat using only one sheet of 8 x 4 plywood. The competition runs until the end of June. Dave Souch (inset) is currently in the lead with his one man (and a dog). A link to a useful website: https://www.christinedemerchant.com/boat-styles-one-sheet.html
I’ve been planning to build a boat for several years, but with other projects round the house going on I never got round to it. Then with the announcement of the Covid-19 lockdown, and already having some materials for jobs round the house on order, everything aligned and a plan was formed.
I read back through several boat building books for ideas, and decided the Micro Mouse in Gavin Atkins “Ultrasimple Boatbuilding” was the project for me.
Gavin explains building with Chines (screwed and glued joints), and stitch and glue methods, (Mirror dinghies are traditionally built with stitch and glue). I decided to combine the two approaches; the simplicity of the chine construction appealed.
I’m pretty pleased with the resulting small craft, and while I know the colour scheme isn’t to all tastes, it was quick and easy to do and should be hard wearing in future. From first cut to completed boat was two weeks of evenings and weekends – I’m told you can build quicker but personally found that schedule ideal to give the epoxies paints and varnishes sufficient drying time between jobs.
I’ve named the boat Dunlin after the small grey wading bird, and am now looking forward to trying her out on the river, rather than just on the lawn with a confused Labrador.
Stay Safe, I look forward to seeing everyone on in the water soon! Dave Souch (Boatbuilder)