Norman Fuller took his rowing skiff Ella to this year’s Home Built Boat Rally event at Barton Turf Activity Centre, which gave us an opportunity to meet him and to try out his new boat built to my Ella design. Like the design itself, the Ella is named after my daughter Ella, and turned out to be a cute and simple little skiff, just as the drawings in the free boatbuilding plans package promised – download the plans here.
When it was my turn to try the little skiff I was pleased to find she was easy and light under oars – not exactly effortless, but something that even a sedentary desk-jockey like me could expect to be able to row all day.
One thing about the event made me a little nervous, however – rowing enthusiast Chris Partridge was on hand. In the event, he climbed in, sat down and casually made the little boat fly for a while while we all watched in anticipation. I’ve got some video of Chris rowing the Ella to put up when I get a chance to edit it. Builder Norman recently managed to pick up a 12lb-thrust electric outboard for ?30 at a sale, and so later in the afternoon we had some fun with that. Another exciting development is that the first boat built to the sailing version plans is currently in build in the USA – and Ella and I are very keen to see photos of that one! This boat is designed to be built using the stitch and glue technique – if you haven’t done this before you might be interested in my book Ultrasimple Boat Building: 17 Plywood Boats Anyone Can Build or one of the other books on this topic available from Amazon.

Before you commit to a set of plans I would also advocate looking at the displacement figures and other dimensions and considering your needs.
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Like most of the journalist tribe Chris is usually pretty clear in his opinions, and is known to be generally unenthusiastic about flatties, so naturally I was a little nervous – what might the author of Rowing for Pleasure have to say to readers and other HBBRers about the Ella design? Try scrolling down, clicking on the 'older posts' button at the bottom of this page - or try the search gadget! There is no Arch Davis conception Offering Boat Plans Kits Videos and DVDs For The Amateur Boat Builder including sheet boats row boats and power boats.
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