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A DIY BOAT BUILDER'S PHOTO GALLERY

(last updated 16/05/09)

 

Boats on this page

9'4"/10'6" Northumbrian Cobles 34'6" Pinky Ketch Electric Skiff Christine 16' Lynx 16' Petite Brise
19'9" Kari 3 Edwardian 19 Martlet 30 Esk 12 Kayak 24' Beaumaris Power 1.2
21' Skua T/S 25' Shanghai - plus 16' Grey Swan 15 Kestral Edwardian 26 13' Petrel
17'6" Evening Swan 16' Egret Runabout 22' Kittiwake CY 22' Black Swan 20' Rufus Stornoway 16
Westray/Highlander 16 50/50 Sailing Canoe Little Kate Explorer 16
strip canoe
Prospector
Canoe
20' Port Louis
15' Northumbrian
Coble
12'6" Northumbrian
Coble
17'9" Fanny
Launch
Carrick and
Lillie
18'4" Tosher
Dayboat
Dart 14/Esk 12
15' Felix Launch 18' Waka Ama
Surf Canoe
Nordia 10
Yacht
23'3" Frigate's
Boat
18' Bungay
Broads Dayboat
Woodlark
Catboat
Highlander 18 Sandgrouse Waterman 16 Redshank Pete CR25
12' Medway Doble L'Kate, and 2 Ravens        

 

INTRODUCTION

Over the years we have received many photographs of our designs, both in the process of construction and being used, from all over the world. We thought that it would be helpful for those contemplating building their own boat to show some of these photographs on our web site. We also thought that it would be good to start a boat builder's forum by eventually offering suggestions and helpful hints and tips sent to us by our builders. So this is a new section which will change and be added to often, with photographic examples of our designs being built/used by you, the home boat builder and with details of our very latest design work, to keep you up to-date. We start with work presently on the drawing board, followed by a look at a recent small boat design - the Northumberland Coble and finally a gallery of photographs mainly sent to us by amateur boat builders showing some of our designs under construction and in use.

USER GROUP/FORUM FOR SELWAY FISHER BUILDERS & SAILORS
We now have a User Group/Forum on the web for those who are building and using Selway Fisher boats - it has only just started (24/09/01) but will become a forum for those with questions, comments, photos etc., etc concerning all aspects of our design work. The User Group/Forum is at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SFD_builders_sailors - when you link to it press the "Join" link if you want to join.

 

A GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS FROM OUR BUILDERS

THE 9'4" & 10'6" NORTHUMBRIAN COBLES

10'6" Northumbrian Coble

The above is an example of the 10'6" version by Anthony Waller and below is the 9'4" version by Uta Hanel.

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THE 34'6" LOD PINKY GAFF KETCH

PINKY

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Above and below - one of our 34'6" LOD Pinky Gaff Ketchs' in frame - this example is by Ian Tolhurst who has used all locally grown timber  (much of which fell in previous storms). Here she is just at the stage of starting the planking which will be Cedar strip veneered over with oak laminates. She is based on the Pinky fishing boats of Maine and Nova Scotia and has roomy accommodation for 4 or 5 people - see page YA12 of our Complete Catalogue.

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These are the photos of progress in June 2003

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.............and October 2004

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THE 14'7" x 3'9" ELECTRIC SKIFF

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This fine example is by Mr. D. Brooks - she is a general purpose skiff and can be fitted with a rig - construction is stitch and tape - see page MB2 of the Complete Catalogue for details.

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13'9" CHRISTINE CANOE

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The Christine is our most popular canoe design and many have been built all over the world - the above example has been built by the boys and girls of Forres Sandle Manor School under the supervision of Nic Pascoe, Head of Design Technology - see  page CA4 of our Complete Catalogue.

The nice example below, of the Christine, has been built by Wendy Couch seen here at it's launch and maiden trip - note the way in which Wendy has fitted storage/buoyancy into the ends of the canoe finishing the decking in a curve.



 


THE 16' LYNX TRAILER SAILER

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This example of our Lynx 16 was built by Jose Luis Martinez Viana of Spain - for 16' she has plenty of space in the cabin which is not interferred with by a centreboard case - she has swing bilge boards in cases which form the bunk fronts - see page PC5 of our Complete Catalogue.

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16' PETITE BRISE

16' Petite Brise

Our 16' LOD Petite Brise - this one by Mr. R. Prescott - is based upon the Swampscott Dory. She retains the rockered flat bottom panel with rounded topsides but we have increased the width of the transom to give more capacity for the family and for an outboard - see page DA9 of our Complete Catalogue.
The example below is by K. Paul Ellifrit - in this case he multiplied all dimensions by a factor of 1.1 and has added a cabin.

Below is another example of a standard Petite Brise 16 nicely finished and sailing well - this one is by Maurice Burgess and is featured in the May/June 2001 issue (No. 27) of the Watercraft Magazine.


THE 19'9" LOD KARI 3

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The Kari 3 is based upon the Norwegian hull - she has a small cabin with space for 2 or 3 bunks etc and the plans show details for both stitch and tape and clinker ply construction - see page PC11 of our Complete Catalogue. This example is by Mr. Parker.

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THE EDWARDIAN 19
(21' x 5'10" VERSION)

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The example of one of our Edwardian series of steam launches shown here is by Ralph Pullen of Wiltshire who has made both the launch and the engine unit. Ralph is happy to supply fabricated deck fittings (stem head fittings etc) - for details contact Selway Fisher Design. Ralph's launch swings a 16" x 20" prop and has a saloon large enough to sleep 2 in comfort and to seat up to 5. She's shown here just after her initial launch onto the Kennet & Avon Canal at Widebrook. The Edwardian 19 is detailed on page ST4 of our catalogue.


THE MARTLET 30

Above - 2 pictures of our Martlet 30' LOD Pilot Cutter under construction using the clinker/ply method by Philip Ruewell. For a 30 footer, she is a big blue water boat with plenty of accommodation and can also be made using the strip plank process - see her on page YA13 of our catalogue.

 


THE ESK 12 SEA KAYAK

Above - one of our Esk 12' sea kayaks under construction. She has the swept up bow of the Eskimo type and flotation compartments in each end. Construction is quick and simple but the shape we have developed on our YachtCAD system is quite sophisticated. Here, 4mm exterior plywood is used keeping cost to a minimum. We also have a 14'6" version - see our Kayak page.........

..............and here is a well finished example by Bob Day

...............and another by Dave and Jonny Burke - this one with a beautiful strip planked deck
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you can see her under construction at www.up-the-creek.net


THE 24' BEAUMARIS


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Above - a couple of photos of Sam Watt's Beaumaris - this example was built with the centreboard option - shown below  - she also had the side deck option and later the gaff cutter rig was added :-

Below is the latest photo of Jan Sijpesteijn's Beaumaris which was built with the fixed keel/inboard engine option :-

See page YA5 of our Complete Catalogue.


THE POWER 1.2 (STRETCHED)

Many of our designs are altered and adapted by their builders to suit individual requirements - our advice is always there at the end of the phone or by fax and E-mail to help and guide you. In this case, we have an example of our Power 1.2 design (see Motors Boats up to 16' page) built by the Clark Family and launched on the Elbe south of Hamburg - then later trailed for a cruise down the Canal du Nivernais. She has been stretched to almost 20' (6m) and has a headroom of 1.95m (6'4") plus galley, wc/shower compartment and 5 berths - she uses a 12hp outboard for power.

See page MB1 of our catalogue.


THE SKUA 21 YACHT (TRAILER/SAILER)

This is an example of our Skua 21' Trailer Sailer being built by Lionel Davies in Wales - several additions have been made to the original plans and this version will have bilge boards rather than the standard centreboard and the schooner bow option - we have also drawn up a lug yawl rig for her.

Below are photos of another Skua, this time with the original bow shape and beautifully built and finished by Toni Reiter of Holland.


See page YA4 of our catalogue.


THE SHANGHAI 25'5" CRUISING YACHT


This is one of our Shanghai cruising yachts under construction by Nick Croome in Bristol - much of the fit-out is done before the hull panels are fitted making access easier during construction.

See page YA12 of our catalogue.

.........and here is the latest from Nick - a medley of SFD boats he has built or been involved with, including the latest picture of his Shanghai named "Freebee" :-

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Top right is the Shanghai "Freebee"; top left is a Highlander 14  built by pupils of Filton Park School; bottom left is a Petite Brise 12'4" dinghy built under the supervision of Nick Croome by Bernard Coulson which has been stretched by 10% and bottom right is "Weebee" a Highlander 7'6" which will act as a tender to Nick's Shanghai and finally, another SFDesign by Nick - the 7'5" Greenshank...

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THE 16' LOD GREY SWAN POCKET CRUISING YACHT

A Grey Swan under construction by Ian Duncan - like the Shanghai, much of the fit-out is being completed before the hull panels are put in place including some interior painting.

See page PC1 of our catalogue.


THE 15' KESTRAL PEAPOD

One of our Kestral multi-chine plywood Peapods by Trevor Peck - the drawings include both a sprit and junk rig.

See page DI21 of our catalogue.


THE EDWARDIAN 26 (MODIFIED)


Above is a modified Edwardian 26 by Julian Garrett and Harwich Boatcraft - in this case Julian asked us to "plumb" the stem getting rid of the schooner bow of the original design and reduce the beam to 6'6" overall.
............and below is a lengthened (30') version beautifully built by Mike Bell.

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See page ST6 of our catalogue.


THE PETREL 13'x 6' CATBOAT

These are photos of our Petrel 13' Catboat design. She is a multi-chine plywood design for ease of construction - see page DI12 of our catalogue - this example has been beautifully built by Jeffrey Harrison.


THE 17'6" EVENING SWAN POCKET CRUISER

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This example has been built by Ron Peterson who has modified the top of the cabin, giving it a well proportioned camber - the is is another excellent strip planked version of the Evening swan which can also be built in multi-chine ply using the stitch and tape process - see page PC8 of our catalogue.

............and here we have another fine example, this one by Alan Masters. the client who originally asked us to draw her up................

Evening Swan


THE 16' EGRET CLASSIC RUNABOUT

This fine example was built by Mr. Merrick Burrell, the client who asked for the original design - she's seen here in Argyll on the West Coast of Scotland - slight changes have been made to the standard layout but otherwise, she is much as detailed on the drawings - see page MB13 in our catalogue.


THE 22' KITTIWAKE CANOE YAWL

Above are a couple of photos of Mr. Colin Simpson's Kittiwake under construction using the ply plank over frame method - the plank shapes are given on the drawings and the use of stringers cuts down the amount of epoxy used - see page YA3 of our catalogue.


THE 22' BLACK SWAN

This is a fine looking example of the multi-chine plywood version of the 22' Black Swan (the plans also give details for a strip planked hull) - by Henner Ostermejer in Germany - see page YA2 of our catalogue.


THE FIRST 20' VERSION
OF THE RUFUS

Shaun Squyres of Squyres Marine Services in Hampton Roads asked us to stretch the 17' multi-chine plywood Rufus design to 20' and here is the result looking great in her Company colours - the details for the 20' version are included with the standard plans - see page MB7 of our catalogue.


THE FIRST 16' STORNOWAY

The first Stornoway 16 is well underway by Walt Scherf who asked us to draw her up - she's going to be a powerful dayboat with plenty of space to sit in the boat rather than on it - and a real looker too.


THE WESTRAY/HIGHLANDER 16

The Westray was a modification of the Highlander 16 which we did for PJS Boats several years ago - now that PJS are no more, we can offer the modification (which includes a complete "V" bottom going right aft (the original Highlander 16 is flat from amidships aft) and an additional chine/hull panel each side) to all our builders. These photos show one example of the Westray being built by Martin Foggo to a high standard in which he has further modified the bow shape by removing the round forefoot of the Westray bow - Martin has also fitted an additional forward bulkhead (for which we were able to give him the shape from our computer model) - see page DA1 of our catalogue.


50/50 SAILING CANOE (CALEB)

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This is the first 50/50 sailing canoe designed for and built by Bill Serjeant who has one a really nice job in remarkably quick time - she is a development of our Carrick asymmetric canoe but with decking/storage etc and a folding rig which can easily be stowed in the canoe - you can see more photos of her under construction plus more details on Bill's web page at http://www.btinternet.com/~w.serjeant/canoe/canoe_files/canoe2.htm.


11'6" LITTLE KATE

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An 11'6" Little Kate by Steve Fisher - a lightweight single open canoe for getting up the shallowest of waterways - see page CA3 in our catalogue.


EXPLORER 16 etc


Above - the Explorer 16 and Pete strip planked canoes and the plywood Little Kate all by Jordan Boats at jordanboats.co.uk who also have a plank and frame cutting service.

Below is an example of the 16' Explorer and a 14' version (built simply by reducing the spacing between the moulds on the jig) by Mick Sanderson.

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PROSPECTOR

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Here is an example of our most popular canoe design - the 15'8" Prospector - this one by Mike Cambray - out on her first trip with all the family - see page CA5 of our catalogue.


20' PORT LOUIS

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This is a nice example of the 20' LOD Pocket Cruising yacht - the Port Louis being built by Allen Deans - he is making a lovely job of the planking which you can see goes in 2 directions so as not to overstress the planks - the lower photo shows the wood keel/deadwood and centreboard case made up off the hull and ready to fit - see page YA8 of our catalogue.


15' NORTHUMBRIAN COBLE

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Sam Hotchins asked me to increase the basic Northumbrian Coble to a hull length of 15' and this is the result - the plans show two rigs - the other one is  a yawl and she can be built using stitch and tape techniques - but we also show the moulds and jig for clinker/ply.


12'6" NORTHUMBRIAN COBLE

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Several 12'6" Northumbrian Cobles are under construction - this striking example is by Peter Roach - there are also photos of Nigel Fry's boat on the Cobles page of the Dinghy section - see page DI6 of our catalogue.

..........and here is a smart example by Paul Lohr
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17'9" FANNY the FANTAIL LAUNCH

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This is the 17'9" example of our fantail launch beautifully built and finished by Timo Knuuttila - see page ST2 of our catalogue. you can see more on his web site at http://www.kolumbus.fi/timo.knuuttila/index.html


CARRICK AND LILLIE SAILING CANOES

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Here we have a Carrick (left) with Optimist rig and a Lillie canoe yawl which has been modifed - mainly by adding 3" (75mm) to the height of the gunwale and making a deeper hull - both boats were built by Alan Davison and used on the UK East Coast.


18'4" STRIP PLANKED TOSHER DAYBOAT

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This is a lovely example of our 18'4" LOD strip planked Tosher dayboat beautifully built by Giuseppe Casalino and sailiing on Venice Lagoon - see page DA14 of our catalogue.


DART 14 & ESK12'6"

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Robin Waistell of Albatross boats (The Ballyrafter Centre, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland) has built these two kayaks and has just asked us to design a 17' version of the Esk which will be available in early 2005 - Albatross Boats will be producing these boats shortly. To see their range of SFDesign kits and complete canoes, kayaks and small boats go to www.albatrossboats.com


15' FELIX LAUNCH

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This is a beautifully built example of a modified 15' version of our strip planked Felix design by Robert J. Mifflin in Canada - instead of a steam engine she is fitted with a Yanmar 1GM10 diesel and has increased freeboard - see page ST1 of our catalogue.


WAKA AMA (HAWAIIAN SURF CANOE)

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The 18' Waka Ama is a recent design for a New Zealand client - this example is built by Randall haines of Houseboats NZ.


NORDIA 10

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This example of the Nordia 10 has been beautifully built by Daniele Baracchi in Italy - see page YA11 of our catalogue. In her 33' length she has up to 6 berths, a dinette and both internal and external steering positions.


23'3" FRIGATE'S BOAT

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First photos of Ian Bloomfield's 23'3" Frigate's Boat with the Historical Maritime Society - she will eventually carry a sailing  rig and a carronade - for her length, she is certainly a big boat - see page DA17 of our catalogue.


18' BUNGAY BROADS DAYBOAT

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Julius Pursaill asked to draw up the Bungay based on a traditional Broads dayboat and built using modern strip plank methods - here she is beautifully built and almost ready for the water.


13' WOODLARK CATBOAT

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This is a beautifully built example of our Woodlark Catboat by Craig Taylor - see page DI12 of our catalogue.


HIGHLANDER 18

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A nice example built by Mark and Phil Hampton with gunter yawl rig - see page DA2 of our catalogue.


SANDGROUSE

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Beautifully built by Jim Spiers - see page PC4 of our catalogue.


WATERMAN 16

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Left is a version of the Waterman 16 built by Charles Pecats in Australia which was featured in the Australian Amateur Boatbuilder recently and which Charles uses in the outback for fishing - see page CA6 of our catalogue.


REDSHANK

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A Redshank nicely built by Jonathan Maguire - this is a stitch and tape example - see page DI 8 of our catalogue.


PETE OPEN CANOE

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A varnished version of our stitch and tape Pete design by Martin Padbury - see page CA6 of our catalogue.


CR 25 CRUISER RACER

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The first of our new 25' Cruiser Racer under construction by Sam Watts.


12' MEDWAY DOBLE

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A nice example carefully put together by Alex Short.


LITTLE KATE, ASYMMETRIC BABY RAVEN & 14' RAVEN

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3 of our small open canoes built by Trevor Palmer.


Web Pages
from
Home Boatbuilders of Selway Fisher Designs
http://members.shaw.ca/the.olivers Oliver Shaw's page about our 17' Rufus motor boat
www.kle.nw.schule.de/hanna-heiber-schule/kanadier/ Wilfried Stuckmann's 20' Open Freight Canoe
http://www.netcomuk.co.uk/%7ejblair/default.htm John Blair's Seafox single kayak
http://www.paul3507.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/ Paul Hadley's page about the building of a Lynx 14
http://www.rowalicia.co.uk Neil Warren's Thames 12 rowing skiff which he is using for a sponsored trip along the K&A Canal to raise funds for the Great Ormond St. Hospital
http://www.theknowledgeservice.co.uk Detailed construction and use of Bob Day's 12' Esk Kayak
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/~clt003/images/boatbuilding/index.htm Colin Calder's Waterman 16
http://www.boxwelltroop.com/pick-a-week-2014-stahl/canoe-build.html John Kasper and the Boxwell Scout Group's photo essay showing the build of a Dragon 40 canoe.

There are several other sites around - if you produce your own web page based upon an SFDesign, let us know and we will link to it.


We have a large gallery of photographs of Selway Fisher Designs from all over the world and eventually many of these will find their way onto this page - if you have any photographs of our designs during construction, or finished and in the water, please send copies to us and they may find their way onto the Web. Similarly, if you have come across short cuts or new/unusual ways of doing particular jobs in constructing your boat, send them to us and we will put them up onto the page so that other boat enthusiasts can share them.

I hope that you have enjoyed our Web Site - please visit it often, as we intend to up-date it with new designs etc. on a regular basis - Paul Fisher


 

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