by Scotty -
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This 9 foot by 33-inch rowboat was built from two
partial sheets of plywood that were lying around one rainy day. She was
the first in my mutually exclusive line of "Classic Scrappies". When
I built this one, I was really just foolin' around. Out of the blue
this guy calls me up and tells me that he has been waiting 9 years for a
moor at South Cove, and now he needs a Dingy for the rack or they will
pass it along to someone else. So I tell this guy I have a "Classic
Scrappie"...he notes that he may have heard of those before, I laugh and
tell him he probably had not but that he should come on up and take a look
anyway. I never even got to let the glue dry; he painted it and put it
proudly on the rack that weekend.
said, I was just foolin' around when I built this one. We swept a batten
along the sheer line just to give it a little character. All of the wood
for this boat came from 2 partial sheets of plywood. The seat top was cut
from the scrap of the bulkhead...this is when these boats took on the name
"Scrappies". With only one seat she was really destined to be a rack
tender. I still get reports of the owner trucking it around showing it off
to his friends
photos above and to the right are of the very first "Classic Scrappie"...
for me that is. Folks like Dynamite Payson and Earle Brockway have been
building these boats for years...they are not hard and they don't take to
long. I think every modern builder has built some form of "Scrappie"
somewhere along the line.
Here is a photo
of the completed "Scrappie" no. 2, "Kid Charlemagne".
This boat has a 1/2" bottom, 3/8" sides and 2 layers of fiberglass tape
embedded with epoxy on all seams, inside and out. She is a tough little
boat and with the full-length keel/dragstrip, she rows beautifully. This
boat is a real kick.. I have had her out many times on the River with my
6-year-old; we had a blast and stayed dry even though we were surrounded
by larger boats...another winner in my book. The kit and plans are now
available for a lightweight version of this boat.
This hull has proven to be excellent as a crabbing
skiff or just general messin' about boat. Pictured below is the "Classic
Scrappie" number 3, I call this one "Calico Hunter". Not a real "Scrappie",
she is a little more high tech... this one is built of lightweight 5.5MM
Occume plywood and the bottom is re-enforced with fiberglass cloth and
epoxy resin. A complete kit for this boat is now available as well as
here to find out more about these kits and plans
The next Scrappie I built was built for me and I call
him the Stanley Sie...Stanley was a good friend of mine who left us way
too early. Like Stan, the Stanley Sie is just a big tough pile of scrap
wood. Like the other Scrappies it was made up from some left over Plywood,
Cherry for the seats, some Ash here and there, and originally sporting a
blunt black finish as that was the paint that was available at the time.
(we later painted him green for the filming of a television commercial).
But like Stanley, the Stanley Sie will always get you home and
never.....ever..... let you down
Limited time special! Plans for "Calico Hunter" are now
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