Wednesday 3 March 2010

Bus Bailey plans available

Larry Westlake has written to say that plans are now available for Colin Masson's beautifully restored double-ended Luoma handliner, built for salmon fishing in 1937 and which he uses for commuting to work. It is named Bus Bailey after a previous owner.
Colin writes in his excellent blog:
“Bus”, a thirteen-and-a-half foot, double ended carvel-planked rowboat, is well-proportioned with a well-defined and balanced sheer providing a solid “sweet” appearance. Frank Hackwood, the third owner (at right in picture, with Colin), tells me that Bus Bailey paid twenty dollars in 1946 for a fully outfitted boat with the original pair of fine spooned oars of tight-grained old-growth fir and an oak ‘dry-ass’ seat.
More about the plans can be found at Larry's website - click the 'Heritage' button. It is a treasure-trove of plans for traditional North American rowboats, including a long and slender Fraser River Skiff of 1905 originally used by fur traders.
The heritage plans assume traditional construction in solid wood, but if you prefer modern clinker ply you could look at the pretty Brightsides hand troller, Larry's own design.

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