(the above video was taken from the youtube page of piccolebarche)
This video – taken on launching day – shows Flint running with a Suzuki or a Yamaha 2hp two-stroke at just over half-throttle. The boat is overloaded with two heavy men and a pair of fair-sized teenagers – but she is still exceeding displacement speed with ease, recording 6.1 knots by GPS (7 mph or 11.3 kph). Increasing the throttle just made more noise and bigger waves. Most of the noise you hear comes from the camera boat. Because of here fine rowboat lines, Flint needs only a tiny amount of power to get up to displacement speed and beyond.
Above video shows Flint making use of a discarded Heron rig. Video courtesy of Paul Hernes (camera) and Paul McShea (builder and owner)
Flint was designed to be a light-weight, multi-purpose boat which would operate efficiently as a rowboat, a sailboat, and a power boat.
Construction is taped-seam (“Stitch-and-Glue”) using four sheets of 6mm (1/4″) plywood and a small amount of natural lumber. Here principal dimensions are 14′ 10″ x 4′ 3″ x 6′. The plans come with details for three rig options – a gaff sloop, a gaff cat-rig, and a balance lug – including oar building instructions, rudder drawings, daggerboard and case drawings, and alternative internal layouts.
The boat you see in the heading photo took me 71 hours to construct complete, and the bare hull weighed 35kg (77lbs).
- Designed to be sailed, rowed, or powered by a small outboard
- Lightweight Taped-Seam (“Stitch-and-Glue”) construction using sheet plywood
- Built-in buoyancy tanks
- Daggerboard and rudder
- Rig stows within length of boat for trailering
Plans package includes
- 22 sheets of A3 sized drawings
- Oar Patterns
- Comprehensive 29-page instruction manual with sketches and illustrations
- Choice of three different rig options
- Option of Metric or Imperial dimensions
Price $70 Australian, including postage and packing
PDF Download copy available for $60 Australian
Overseas customers may prefer to purchase from Duckworks