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Norwegian Pram... How about a Portuguese Dinghy...?

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Here is a small boat shape similar to a Norwegian Pram. Most Norwegian boat designs were designed by eye. The builders built some sort of platform to place their station molds (ladder frame) and on boats they built over and over again they made patterns. Very few of these vessels were ever drawn out in plan form…

Here is a nifty design discovered by Claud Worth in Auray Portugal and published in his book “Yacht Cruising” in 1928. Apparently this little boat, as used by the Auray net fisherman, had great stability , was very easy to row, could be used in severe sea conditions while remaining dry, and could haul a heavy load. In 1980 Paul Whitin took the design to the Landing Boatshop in Kennebunkport, Maine and Peter Lunn redrew the design shown here (originally published in the 1982 June/July issue of “Small Boat Journal”). Note: This design can be built using the traditional plank on frame method or could be stitch & glue plywood (with fiberglass and epoxy over). With either build, if one made the sides lap strake (as shown in the plan) she would have a sweet look. Peter Lunn also drew a sail plan (sprit rig) and centerboard trunk for sailors. He also states that a 5hp outboard would push the boat nicely. However, with the two row stations to help balance the load, she rows so easily that an outboard may not be necessary.


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