Monday, 17 September 2012

Baby Tender

 Our good friend John has been building us this fine new tender. The plan is that it will sit between the foremast and the forward bulkhead of the main cabin. It will also cover up the fore-hatch/skyelight , if all our measurements are right anyway. - the fore-hatch is just over 3foot square. this will make it much darker in the fore cabin which is a good thing if you are trying to get some sleep in daylight hours. we should also be able to open the hatch for ventilation and not take any water below in case of wave / heavy rain as the tender will act like one very big dorade vent - thats my theory anyway!
Overall dimensions are  -   length: 7 foot     beam:  4foot.
The design had been a joint effort by john and myself. The mid-ship section is roughly based on a small  traditional (larch on oak) tender i built some years ago. Pictured on the right here is John adding his magic touch of glass cloth - he is a true master of this stuff. not a crease or miss-alignment in sight.
John is, as usual, making a super job of this so it should prove to be a great 'hard tender' that is lightweight and easy to row while being very stable due to a largely flat bottom and tight turn at the bilge.
Next issue we shall go for a row and see if it fits......... maybe even a sink test?


  1. Where can I get the plans to this tender? Tks a lot!!

  2. As I said John and I made it up - its in our heads - didnt even draw it! . - the midship section roughly follows Ian Oughtred's Humble Bee design - by this i mean the beam and depth of freeboard. I build one of these in larch- beautifull boat just too big and heavy to haul up onto deck (even the ply version of this is) and its well over 7 foot.
    When I get chance when its finished i will put some rough sketches up.
    cheers, hope this helps.