Here is one of the prettiest dinghy models around. The Catspaw's clean, elegant lines are Joel White's modified version of Herreshoff's Columbia dinghy. This model is combination of the two... as it has lapstrake planking instead of carvel planking as with the full-sized plans. So, with lapstrake planking over steamed frames, this kit provides a first-rate introduction to round-bottom construction techniques for the accomplished modeler.
Plans and materials (including copper roves and nails) to complete the Catspaw are included with this kit, as are step-by-step instructions that also show you how to fashion spars, oars, oarlock sockets and horns, and all hardware. While sail material is not included, the drawings are on the plan.
Scale: 1 1/2" = 1'
If you'd like a better understanding of just what you are getting yourself in for, and what tools you might need, view the 32 pages of instructions by clicking: INSTRUCTIONS.
This is a building course in a box.
Skill Level = 3
Skill levels are:
1 = beginner
2 = intermediate
3 = advanced
My boat is the one painted inside and out. I decided to complete the sail rigging as an extra feature. The project takes time and patience to complete.
I've been working on it now for five months, and I'm almost done. Very challenging kit. Just what I was looking for.
We build a Catspaw years ago, obviously building the kit will not take as much time, because of all the detail it’s going to take a bit of time and dedication to complete.
This is a beautiful product. It's a good kit with all the necessary supplies. The instructions are good but I had hoped that one of the websites that have progressive builds would have more information. That isn't the case so perhaps The WoodenBoat Store could produce a video. That would be beneficial.