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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. Plans include details on how to make your own sliding seat rig.
Designed by Ken Bassett
LOA - 18'
Beam - 2' 10"
Draft - 4"
Weight - 90 lbs. rigged
No lofting is required
Skill level: Basic to Intermediate
Plans include 5 sheets.
MORE INFO ON THIS DESIGN:
Firefly was featured in Boat Design Quarterly #15.
And this boat was featured in the August 2022 edition of (digital magazine) Small Boats Monthly Magazine.
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Beautiful, sleek design. Fairly easy to build, light, and fast. I plan on having a deck at the bow, and stern, with lots of buoyancy. I like a boat that doesn't sink. I live near Roosevelt Lake on the Columbia River, 25 miles from Canada, or so. It will be an 18 footer, with a sliding oarlock setup to reduce rocking. It also seems narrow enough to be able to use a kayak paddle. Gonna try to anyway.It should be in the water next summer. Look for it in Wooden Boat Mag in the Launchings. I'll name it Dragonfly, and carve a little dragon's head on a slightly raised stem. I've been wanting to do this for years, and finally have the time. Further reports to follow.