Specifications for Both the 15' and 17' Mandarin
Video of a Mandarin 17 rowing.
An interesting capability of the Mandarin 15 is that she can be built in two halves, split at the center seat.
|Mandarin 15' Half|
Bill Martin built his 17' version using strip planking...
|Bill Martin's 17' Strip Built Mandarin...|
|...and Interior View|
|Paul Kirwin's Mandarin 17 Beautifully Fitted Out (including a needlepoint cushion)|
|A Mandarin 17 in Light Chop|
I fall in love with many of the boats I review in this blog. And I've fallen in love with this one. With the addition of fore, aft and side decks (SOF?)... floor boards... waterproof bulkheads at each end of an open center rowing cockpit, she'd make a really nice oar cruiser... with all the characteristics that I feel are necessary... low windage... light, narrow hull... sea worthiness suitable for a wide range of inland waters... room for sleeping aboard (with appropriate [temporary] shelter) and dry storage.
And she's pretty! Is love blind?