Fish Hook, A Simple skiff
The idea of a minimum building time general
purpose skiff had been lurking in the dim recesses of my mind
for quite a while, mixed up with a whole lot of other odd
things and not going anywhere much when Sea Spray editor Shane
Kelly and I were talking about the best way to set the world
to rights and bewailing the cost and complexity of the plastic
or aluminum boats being offered the unsuspecting who just
needed something simple from which to dangle a fishing line.
My “idea” surfaced and we decided that in order
to cure this particular one of the worlds ailments we would
work up an alterative.
I was to produce a design for a simple skiff
that could be built in one weekend and finished off during
the evenings of the following week. Shane would publish a
complete set of plans and instructions over a couple of issues
of the magazine and we could sit back and enjoy a world that
was a little better than when we began.
As so often happens the best laid plans of men,
mice and editors went awry, the company that owned the mag
decided on a complete revamp including a change of name (
now New Zealand Boating World) and shortly afterwards Shane
was made an offer that he could not refuse by a publisher
in a completely different field. I was still contributing
to the magazine but the new editor had enough on his plate
for the time being and it took quite a while for the project
to surface again. However, it all went well in the end, Ancris
Associates came up with the glues, resins and surfacing compound,
Gordon at Plywood and Marine Supplies donated the ply. Geoff
(then the new editor) and I got on very well and we were away
She’s not intended to be graceful, but
has an air of surefooted (sure finned?) safety which her performance
lives up to. She can carry a considerable load in a good chop
and will row better than most things her size. Construction
is very easy and in fact the Fish Hook” building system
was so successful that similar techniques have been included
in the sports rowing boat “Seagull” and the ‘Golden
Bay/ Setnet’ dinghy.
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