Cook Strait Wherry
Someone might be interested in this.
I wanted a boat that (in order of importance):
- I can get in and out of when spearfishing and not sink it
- Can lift it on and off the top of a car
- Big and stable enough to pull in a setnet or cray pots
- Wont sink if a wave breaks into it
- Rows well
- Long enough for a sliding seat
- I took the design of an Annapolis Wherry and:
- Made the topmost strake on either side an extra 100mm larger to give extra freeboard
- Added pontoons that sit above the water in good conditions so it might still cruise at 4 knots under oar and sprint at 6 (maybe.) When adverse conditions would otherwise sink an Annapolis Wherry the pontoons on this start working and it gets slower but gains a sort of secondary level of stability.
I have two small kids and a couple of businesses so no time to build boats. I am roughing this out (and I do mean rough) at night a little bit at a time.
I didn't even bother with stitch and glue I just screwed the thing together, filleted it up and glassed the inside. I should get the pontoons sorted soon, glass the outside and maybe have it in the water for spring.
Then I will see if it is a total dog.
If it does the job I want it to then it might be worth me making some plans as other people might want something like this.