"Bob" represents the culmination of much thought and experience with open water rowboats. Her proportions, shape and weight are as close to ideal as I can make them for a beach cruiser. She is light and fast and a delight to row with either one or two rowers. A simple downwind rig adds a great deal to a rowing boat while taking nothing away. There is no centreboard and the light, narrow hull has no stability for sailing upwind, but when the wind is fair the big lugsail boomed out with an oar reels off the miles effortlessly. "
Bob lines (pic courtesy Gartside Designs)
Bob construction (pic courtesy Gartside Designs)
We build her from strip plank western red cedar sheathed inside and out with glass cloth and WEST system epoxy. When strip planking, we use ourspecial strip plank tongue and groove profileagain which makes strip planking a breeze and cuts down so much time. This method was pioneered by boat builder Christopher Tuck and we can produce this proifile on strip planking of any size for our clients.
wide hull flare and fine entry evident
bow on shot - nice paint job
The timber fitout utilises our wonderful Tasmanian boat building timbers with a celery top pine backbone, huon pine risers, inwale and breasthooks and king billy pine bottom boards and thwarts.
She can be rowed by one or two people and the aft thwart is moveable to accommodate for the change in trim when rowing two up. Oars are beautifully light and strong hand crafted western red cedar.
interior showing movable thwart for 1 or 2 rowers
buoyancy chambers at either end for safety
The boat in these photos, Coot, will be staying in Tasmania for adventures around Port Huon and will be on our display at the upcoming Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart Feb 2013.
huon pine cove stripe detail
Denman Marine specialises in custom wooden boat building and repair. We utilise both traditional methods such as carvel or clinker and modern methods such as strip planking, cold molding or clinker plywood.
We can custom build to any design - for example those by Iain Oughtred, David Payne, Paul Gartside, John Welsford, Mark Bowdidge, Francois Vivier, Atkin , Bolger B&B etc.
We are a small team of Australian wooden boat builders based in Kettering Tasmania, and are the sole agents for both Chesapeake Light Craft (USA) wooden kit boats Australia and New Zealand, as well as Grain (USA) wooden surfboard kits Australia and New Zealand, the Australian importer and re-seller of the world renowned Bruynzeel BS1088 Gaboon Marine Plywood (Lloyds certified), and Barton Marine products (UK). Denman Marine are proud builders of Wooden Boats in Australia.