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The Teal

Phil Bolger’s design for the Teal is a rethinking of Harold Payson’s 7’9” Elegant Punt, which Bolger includes with Payson’s permission in his book, The Folding Schooner. His intention is to use the same two sheets of plywood that could be used to build the Punt to create a nicer looking product. His result is a boat that measures over four feet longer than the Punt and sacrifices only an inch of beam, and that can use the same rig as Payson’s design, or a lateen rig of a Sunfish, which is only a little bigger than the Teal in length, beam, and hull weight. Additionally, the design can be easily modified to meet specific needs and preferences that builders have, including the possibility of adding acrylic panels to the bottom as viewing ports and the inclusion of a modified deck that allows for adjustable rowing seats to accommodate one, two, or even three people in the boat as it is being rowed. Considering the spartan use of materials in the design and the possibility of making modifications easily to the Teal, it makes for an inexpensive, lightweight, and versatile boat for beginners to build.  Continue reading The Teal

Teal with Modified Deck and Adjustable Rowing Seats

Essentially this is the Teal from Phil Bolger’s The Folding Schooner with the deck and seats added how Tagen had suggested. It means we’ll need 1 more sheet of plywood than the 2 it calls for, but for the added utility that it brings (and the originality factor) I think it’s worth it.

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3 sheets 1/4″ 4×8 plywood — $75
30′ mahogany 1×2 for gunwales — $60
50’x3″ fiberglass tape — $35
1 quart epoxy resin — $60
1 or 2 pairs of oarlocks — $15 each
10′ 1/2″ diameter round rod — $5
18″ 1/2″ diameter threaded rod — $4
2 1/2″ nuts and washers –$1
4 1/4″ eye bolts with nuts — $2
3″x3/8″ carriage bolt, nut, and washer — $1
1 gallon paint — $35

Total: $293

We should be able to rig the Teal with a Sunfish sail and avoid custom ordering or going through the hassle of making our own (though it would be a nice learning experience), and we could include 1 or 2 fairly sizable glass panels to the bottom if we want to go that route. It would be easy to stitch and glue it, just like our model, and its plans are laid out so that they are easy to figure out. For about $300, I think we’d be getting a lot of boat with a lot of versatility, and it would come in at only about 100 pounds, I think.