Saturday, November 12, 2011
You've heard me crying about not having a rowboat for the last few weeks, but the sobbing is over. My good friend Laingdon got tired of all the whining and whimpering and offered me a wherry he had in storage.
It's a A Ken Basset Firefly (appears in WB #54). She's a 22 x 3 foot plywood (6mm Okume) wherry with solid wood gunwales, transom and breasthook. The woods used are spruce and cherry. The design accommodates single or double rowing stations.
We dropped her out of the rafters and onto the car - it was love at first sight. There have been a some customized changes on this boat for a few years, so there will be a bit of refinishing and design. She lacks rowing stations at the moment.
Thank you, Laingdon!
WoodenBoat calls the 18 foot Firefly "An entry-level sliding-seat pulling boat. Provides rewarding speed in an easily built hull with enough stability to keep a beginner out of trouble."
Beginner, my arse. This boat is going to see some action.