I like these big open boats for the sheer feeling of space and comfort available in a relatively small boat, and it is in this role that the 6 Metre Whaler is most popular.
I had been talking to a customer at Boat Books where I worked about the problems of the world and what we could do to set things right, all the usual gripes about politicians, lawyers, and petty bureaucrats, you know the sort of thing. My new friend told me that he was keen to establish a boat based outdoor youth training course to help change the ways of some of the local kids and had considered building a pair of brand new Naval Whalers. Now the cost of one of these today is staggering and way beyond the budget that he could raise, so we sat down and worked out the key features of the clinker built 27ft Naval Trainer and I went home to translate those thoughts into a form both affordable and buildable by volunteer labour.
So, after a few months of phone calls back and forth plus occasional work at the drawing board, the 6 Metre Whaler emerged as you see here.
She has a pair of straight aluminium tubes as masts, the same sprit booms and proportions of sails as Navigator. An outboard motor is inconspicuous in it's well under the aft deck, and there is a steel centreboard that makes her well suited to the shallow harbour and estuaries where she will be based. Just think of yourself gliding into a grassy bank at the head of an estuary somewhere, Partner at the helm while you stand by the mainsheet, number one Daughter up forward with the anchor line ready to pile ashore and tie up while small Son sits on the tent and groundsheet strapped in alongside the centreboard case.
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A pretty, light, tough, roomy and easy to build 7 foot 9 inch pram dinghy that can be rowed or sailed.

An easy to build rowing and sailing pram dinghy that splits into two nesting sections for compact storage. An 11 foot 7 inch clinker style pram dinghy that performs beautifully when rowed, sailed or motored.
The Pixie is a fun car-toppable beach catamaran that sails well with one or two crew and is popular among people who are new to sailing catamarans but who are not that interested in racing.
The Strike 15 is a high-performance racing trimaran with folding outriggers designed to be easy to sail by older or less experienced sailors and easy to launch from the beach.
The Strike 16 is a dry, comfortable trimaran for four-person day-sailing or two-person weekending.
The Strike 18 is a dry, comfortable trimaran for family day-sailing with an optional, removable, cabin top to convert it into a pocket cruiser.
A light and stable 10 ft trimaran that is very easy and fun to sail and can nest for compact storage.
The Zest is a single-handed racing dinghy with a plywood hull and comfortable sitting-out wings.
Light and easily removable outrigger floats that turn a canoe or kayak into a formidable sailing boat or a stable fishing platform. Based upon the very successful yawl rigged version of the Navigator cruising dinghy, using the same simple plywood lapstrake over web frames and stringers structure. There are three rows of reefs in the main, and if the weather requires, she will still balance under main only, or under jib and mizzen only, which gives lots of choices as the wind increases in strength.

You don't have to be home until Sunday night, and are looking forward to a weekend under canvas, voyaging during the day to as yet unknown channels, beaches and shellbanks, searching for the spirits of Susan, Tim and the rest of the Swallows and Amazons. One small group is chartering a couple and several are being used very successfully as cruising dinghies. Traditional in her appearance, double ended, with two masts, and with enough sheer to be really pretty, she needs only about 220 hours of (competent) labour to complete a very nice little double ended craft which really looks the part.
All spars fit inside the boat to reduce windage when rowing and making stowage when training much easier.
They will help you decide whether or not you can build the boat but do not provide sufficient information to actually do so. And in case of really over-doing it, there is enough buoyancy built in to keep all of the occupants afloat while she is bailed out.
When you're happy with their positions, glue into placeAdvertisement - Continue Reading BelowCut out a right-angled triangle of fabric for the boat's sail, and a smaller triangular piece for the flag at the top of the mast.

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