|Lines of the LFH 17' Drawn by John Gardner|
|Lines of LFH 17' Drawn by Jim Michalak|
Stewart River Boatworks sells a slightly modified LFH 17' based on the Gardner version. The modification adds slightly more flair to the topsides at the bow than Gardner's lines call for.
|A Finished LFH 17' Offered by Stewart River Boatworks|
Chris Jones built the boat pictured below (and at the top of this post). This was his first boat and he built it based on Gardner's plans and instructions in Building Classic Small Craft.
|Chris Jones' LFH 17' He Built|
I bought Jim's plans and made a 8:1 scale model with 4 modifications:
- Built it SOF
- Made the bottom panel of plywood rather than SOF
- Added 2 bulkheads approximately 7' feet apart for a central cockpit
- Added framing for SOF decking at each end and along side of the cockpit opening.
The photos below show the build process, which is quite straight forward using Jim's plans.
|All Framing Installed, ready for "Skin"|
|...and Showing SOF Deck Partially Completed...|
|...and What Happens When the 'Heat Gun' (for shrinking the skin) Gets Too Close|
My opinion is that the LFH 17', using Jim's plans, would make an outstanding oar cruiser. She would be light, very sea worthy, fast and very pretty.
If you know of any SOF LFH 17's that have been built, I'd love to see photos and will post if permitted.