It was, however, a bit of a heavy build, Owen reports:
"I asked our mutual friend John Hitchcock about the difficulty of building given that he saw Steve building the boat. John regarded it as a difficult build, saying that the plywood is tortured into compound curves and that one plank (I think the garboard) is made from two pieces of ply scarfed together lengthwise!! This from a man who has built an Oughtred Ness Yawl, a Welsford Joansa (leaving out the stringers for lightness) and a St.Lawrence River Skiff.
On the other hand the result is beautiful. John does mention the width as a disadvantage in high winds; the wind can lift one side and then has a significant area to act on."
The Flashboat has no centreboard and a simple standing lugsail, so there is no temptation to try and sail upwind. If the wind is against you, you row: if it is behind you, you raise the sail and relax, as Steve is doing in this picture by John Hitchcock, judging by his cheery thumbs-up.
Notice the oar poling out the sail, and the lines keeping the tiller in place.
Finally, one of those "this is what it is all about" images - Steve with John in his St Lawrence skiff getting on the crystal-clear water at the Abel Tasman National Park. Thanks, Owen.