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Cook Strait Wherry


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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
  • Durable
  • Cheap


  • 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.


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@Smith this is a beautiful boat, excellent work!

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@Smith Took me a few moments to figure what's going on there: the hunkery looking bit round the top (and sticky out bits at the sides) are temporary, and holds the formers in place relative to each other while you 'plank' her up?

Sweet looking, about that sail............)

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