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Tortoise draft

Tortoise option by Jason




This design provides an easy build, cheaply.


Dimensions: 6′ 5″
Row: Yes, Sail: Yes, Power: No

  • WEIGHT: 50 lbs.
  • MATERIALS: Two 4’x8′ sheets of AC 1/4″ Plywood.
  • FRAMING: from three 8′ clear two-by-fours.
  • BUILDING TIME: Approx. 12 hours.
  • PLANS: 2 sheets with instructions.

I sailed these a lot back in a middle school program called HMS Crew. We used it for both sailing and sandbar/mangrove explorations of local marine habitats in Miami. More to follow! 🙂


tortoise4 tortoise_completed_sideview J Coot

For starters

here’s the gist of the last email and a couple of pictures at the end of a 38 bolger in process.
read this page for a good guide to epoxy seams:

and browse he’s been designing and building very simple cheap boats for a while and publishing all his insights…

here’s the shanty done small…

and from jason:

1) Houseboat Concept 38′′

2) Nano
Micro cruising sailboat aka “Water Beetle 10”

3) Staysail Daysailer
Sail – 4,000lbs displ. Aft-mast Daysailer – keel sharpie, no mainsail, all jib

Bonus find!!! I think every liberal arts college on the water should have its own Viking longboat replica for more great group uses and experiences. Can become the NCF Flagship, exploring “new horizons.” 🙂
4) Viking Longship
247sf sail, 14 oars
Built by Willi Hesse, replica of Viking longboat


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