seeking John D. Little design

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  1. Paul No Boat
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    Does anyone know where I can obtain a set of plans for a John D. Little catboat? I understand Mr. Little is deceased but his designs were sure artistic and I find a wooden boat forum but nobody has posted to it in years.
     
  2. Tad
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    There are no plans....JD Little built by eye...the old way of doing things....
     
  3. Paul No Boat
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    Oh wow! what a contrast to another thread I am following about the use of Bezier Curves. But I guess that would explain the "art" in his designs.

    There is no way I could attempt a boat without a plan. Can you recommend any plans that would approximate this gorgeous catboat. a JD design.

    http://www.sailblogs.com/member/flanderscat/

    I have tried to contact the boat's owner and creator of the website but no responce.
     
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  5. Paul No Boat
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    Thank You, Tad

    Very close to what I am looking for. Only thing is I read it requires an advanced skill level and I am far from that. Ted Brewer has a similar plan as well which he tells me could be easily lapstrake although it is designed for plywood.

    I have written to the owner of that John Little design and it was his first boat prject and came out beautifully. So I know it can be done.
     
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    Hi all! New here.

    I saw this post and had to comment. Seems I'm in a similar position as the OP, only, for a lack of "ME" left when I get home, not a lack of ability.

    Anyways, I've been eyeing the Chebacco for some time. It wasn't until I picked up a copy of "Boats With An Open Mind" last summer that I really got enamored with her. It was the very pic you posted that made me want a lapstrake version.

    Dynamite Payson's site only offers the plywood version. All other info I found suggested contacting Bolger & Friends. Well, he had just passed :( , so I waited until a couple months ago. I sent a request asking for info on all of the Chebacco versions (there are at least 4, maybe 5) and have not heard back. I do not know if Bolger & Friends are continuing. Such a loss!
     

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    The lines and offsets for the round (lapstrake or cold-molded) sided version are in Phil's book, Boats With An Open Mind. Buy the plans from Payson....presumably Susanne gets something from that....and build the boat. I think The Boatman or Watercraft published an extensive "how to build" series on the Chebacco a while back.....also there was a builders group on the web at one time.......
     
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