Instruction manual for building the Noank Pulling Boat. A strip-built sliding seat rowing boat suitable for open water. This manual does not include the plans.
These photo-intensive instructions guide you step-by-step through the process of building a sliding seat rowing boat. While intended for the Noank Pulling boat design, they are highly applicable to any strip-built small boat. Starting from cutting the forms, setting them up, the manual takes you through the stripping of the hull including shaping and fitting strips. We then proceed through fairing and sanding to fiberglass with epoxy resin. Gunwales and lightweight strip-planked decks are constructed and fitted. The boat is finished with more sanding and fiberglassing.
Modern Open Water Rowing Boat
I designed the Noank Pulling Boat to be suitable for rowing from my dock on the Poquonock River in Groton, out into Fishers Island Sound and over to the village of Noank. This involves a nice stretch of sheltered water on the river, then heading out into open water where wind waves and summer boat traffic can kick up some good size waves and a fair bit of nasty chop.
• 18’ 2” [5.6m] Long,
• 36” [91cm] Wide,
• Sliding Seat,
• Light Weight
• Efficient Hull Shape,
• Ample Flotation and Storage,
• Suitable for Fitness Rowing and Expeditions.