Stitch and Glue seaworthy rowing boat
FACTS AND FIGURES
CARRYING CAPACITY 4 Adults
SAILAREA (optional) 3.5sqm
Like the BEE, the LINNET is a seaworthy rowing boat that has been specifically
designed for sea use. Accordingly it does not have outriggers or a sliding
seat while a small daggerboard is fitted to help prevent being blown sideways
by the wind. A good load carrier LINNET can be rowed by 1-3 people. They
have been built all over the world and have made some long coastal trips
with the crew camping on board at night. Prehaps the most ambitious trip
was a cruise down the River Shannon (the longest river in the British
Isles) by a BEE and LINNET with the crew sleeping on board at night.
The photos also show a LINNET rowing round the Lizard, and sailing in
our home waters.
We deliberately used a retrousse transom on BEE so that it would not be
possible to use an outboard engine. However, the conventional transom
on LINNET means that fitting a small outboard (4hp max) is feasible. This
will give an easy 6 knot cruising speed, but see the owners comments page!
Another builder comments below:
"Thank you for the fantastic plans of the Linnet, they were straightforward
and easy to follow. I had a lot of fun making the boat There are step
by step pictures on my blog
It rows beautifully and is surprisingly manoeuvrable. The only thing
I would say is that (on my boat anyway) it needs the dagger board in windy
weather otherwise, because of the lightness of the boat, it tends to get
blown about. But I definitely prefer a lighter boat.
I live in Finland where there seems to be almost as much water as
land, building this boat has given me the opportunity to explore the lakes
and has opened up a big part of what Finland is all about."