Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Sprite on Soton Water
I think you know this already, Fernando, but Sprite kits are supplied by Seabird Boats of Rye, although as you rightly say shipping one to Brazil might be eye-wateringly expensive.
There are no direct equivalent plans of this wonderful design, unfortunately, though you might take a look at Iain Oughtred's slippy little sliding seat skiff Snipefish, or if you fancy something more traditional, his Thames skiff Mole.
Francois Vivier does a very nice line of rowing boats including a double ender, Elorn.
John Welsford is an experienced rower and it shows in his designs, of which my favourite is Joansa.
The photo, taken by DCA member Alan Moulton from his Yachting Weekly Day Boat, shows the oar handles neatly crossed so I can hold them together with one hand to stabilise the boat, while I take a picture of Alan with the other. Very satisfactory to have the blades correctly adjusted again.