Iain Oughtred’s typical designs are clinker built (and/or strip planked). As Iain states below, Snipefish (go to Iain's site, click on catalog >> "Outrigger Skiffs >> "Snipefish") is different in that it is ‘stitch and glue’. Using only 2 sheets of 5mm plywood, it is an amazingly light rowboat that could be converted into an oar cruiser.
Out of character! this one is neither strip plank nor lapstrake! It's STITCH AND GLUE! Cartopped with ease and for its beam is the shortest possible sliding seat rowing shell. Any shorter and it will have the pecking hen look as the seat slides forward and back; nose dipping, nose rising, nose dipping, well, you know the look., a trainer sliding seat rowing shell that can be car roof topped. Plans include home built riggers and i believe (too lazy to use one so i have never seen it...) the sliding seat, too.
- 4.58 m - 15' 0", Length oveall
- 0.86 m - 2' 9", Width at gunnels
- 25.00 kg - 55 lbs, Approximate Weight
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A Similar Boat in Action…
This video is of an Echo Rowing Shell that is similar to Snipefish. The Echo is 3’ (.9m) longer, but only 21” (533mm) wide at the waterline vs. Snipefish’s overall width of 33” (838mm).
As an Oar Cruiser?
If we added SOF decks fore and aft leaving a 4’ to 5’ (1.2m to 1.5m) cockpit opening, watertight bulkheads (with access hatches) providing a 7’ (2.1m) sleeping area between the bulkheads, floorboards for ‘dry’ sleeping and to provide anchors for seat and foot rest (I would not use a sliding seat for the ‘oar cruiser’ version), a ‘tent’ covering for sleeping and an automatic bailer (or two) such as this Andersen Mini Bailer available from Duckworks, then Snipefish could be taken out in conditions as shown in this video.
EC or Texas 200 anyone?