Bee tent (Linnet similar)

Bee flooded to show stability

The photos show BEE when flooded. Very few open boats remain stable when flooded, yet, as the lower photo shows, Bee can still take my weight when full of water without capsizing. LINNET has similar stability

.Bee flooded with me standing in it

Because of her light weight BEE can easily be cartopped, opening up many more cruising grounds BEE is very easy to build using just 3 sheets of 4mm (3/16") and 3 sheets of 6mm (1/4") plywood, plus some timber and epoxy.

"I thought you might like to see a picture of BEE at speed. I am pleased to report that our BEE successfully completed the 21 mile Great River Race down the Thames from Richmond to Cutty Sark in 3hrs 24 mins. Result 111 out of 252. We had cox'n; 2 x scullers and a passenger. Interestingly on the day with four up she was less stable than in practice with only three up, nothing to worry about though."

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Richard Woods
Foss Quay, Millbrook, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL10 1EN, UK

BEE Stitch and Glue seaworthy rowing boat


sheet ply

LENGTH 4.86m
BEAM 1.3m
SAILAREA (optional) 3.5sqm

Note: The BEE and LINNET are very similar designs, differering mainly in their aesthetic appeal, although BEE's slightly longer waterline makes it a bit faster.

BEE has a Vee bow which allows her to slice through a choppy sea. The moderate freeboard midships with reduced windage fore and aft plus the built in daggerboard case mean that sensible owners can take her out in coastal waters, in addition to all inland waterways.

BEE can also be fitted with a simple low rig for offwind sailing or when the crew are feeling lazy. Because of it's light weight and easily driven hull, BEE will surprise with her speed. BEE can easily be rowed for long periods by one, or even by two, but see report below. In either case there's room for passengers and lots of gear. She is stable, so you don't need to be an expert to handle her.

Al writes

"I wanted to thank you and share with you all the enjoyment that building Bee brought me. They were certainly some of the most enjoyable hours I have spent in a long time.

Unfortunately my time spent on Bee was quite unexpectedly cut short. The very day that I launched Bee, as I was about to recover her from the launching site at our local reservoir I was approached by a father and his young son. He complemented me on the boat and inquired where it was purchased.

Telling him that I had built myself was very satisfying indeed and I offered the use of the boat to them.

The sheer joy and excitement that young boy expressed took me back to my own youthful days, what a great reminder! After about an hour or so, they returned and the father asked if I would sell them the boat.

One glance at the son and I knew I could not refuse. Thank you for the opportunity to give another generation a lifetime of memories that like my own, richly provided me."


A video of this family is below. No doubt waterskiing is for next year!