Apple Pie pram rowing tender

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by Corley, Nov 25, 2017.

  1. Corley
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    I've been playing around with a little stitch and glue (7' x 3.6') pram rowing tender recently. Building to a free design by Chuck Merell inspired an older design originally called a Rinky Dink drawn by William Atkin. The free plans can be found on Duckworks if you are interested: https://www.duckworksmagazine.com/00/DM2000/columns/slogging/ApplePie/ApplePie2.pdf

    My young daughters go to Girl Guides so I've been toying around with something simple and stable that can be built with cheap ply so my kids can get a feel for some simple boat building and possibly expand into something that can be put together by the others in the group for a modest cost. Ply was some Luan 6mm and 12mm that I found at the local hardware so it will be interesting to see how it goes, seems adequate for a small boat.

    The final build will integrate some fixed buoyancy for safety by closing in the area under the front and rear seats. It's a very simple boat and will be ideal for a slow flowing and protected river nearby for them to have a bit of fun learning how to row. This time I'm using copper wire for the stitch and glue that I have left over from another build I've been tinkering with on and off.
     

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  2. messabout
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    Good on you Corley. Great dads are involved with their sons and daughters in positive ways.

    The little boat appears to be a typical pram of one stripe or another. Depends on the age and degree of social developmental sophistication of your daughter. If she is a teen ager maybe she needs something a bit more elaborate. If still a youngster then the pram might well be a joy to her. Keep up the good work in either case.
     
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  3. Corley
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    Thanks, yes both are young the eldest is 8 years old now youngest is 5 years old so I think this ideal at this stage. Considered a quick canoe or kayak but think the better stability of this might be more fun for them and they can row each other around. I think it will be good to row out to my trimaran on its mooring too as a bit lighter than my plastic tender.
     
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