- Tokyo Express
- Small Boats
Life for this boat started on a piece of paper. After much sketching, rubbing out, redrawing, I moved onto the computer to create the hull in 3D.
Once I was happy with the 3D model, I created templates with dimensions for each of the hull panels and transfered them on to the plywood.
This boat is almost as long as your car at 4.7m (15.4 ft), so I needed to scarf 2 sheets of ply together, to cut the parts from.
As soon as the epoxy had dried, I was off to the water to see it float. It sat on the water rather than in it. I got in, but without the outrigger it was very unstable!
I lived only 1.5km (1 mile) from where I could launch the boat, so I walked her to the water. It is suprisingly easy to pull, using a homeade wooden trolley with cheap inflatable wheels. Once at the water’s edge, it took about 10 minutes to rig and we were sailing.
Sailing, doesn’t get much cheaper than this…