Wooden ships comments on this Acorn dinghy
A brand new dinghy, never been in the water. Little boats like this are almost works of art. In fact I would sooner have this hanging on my drawing-room wall than some of the expensive “art” we see being sold for large sums of money – and it has a use!
Ian Oughtred is an Australian, twice National Dinghy Champion who came to London in the 1960’s and set up his small boat design office. His book Wooden Boatbuilding in Britain is an excellent guide to our boat building industry complete with discussions on materials and techniques.
Many of Ian’s designs are aimed at the amateur builder using various modern methods of construction like glued clinker plywood or strip plank. His work is influenced by American tradition but he has made a study of traditional small English boats producing some exceptionally pretty designs
The Acorn is perhaps his best known design and can in fact be stretched from 10’6” to 14’ depending on customer requirements.
This 12’ example was professionally built by boat builder, Tim Gilmore at his yard in Birdham Pool, Chichester. Planked in Sitka spruce on an oak back-bone with steam bent oak timbers.
Finished all varnished inside and out with 12 coats Joten Ravilac varnish.
The work is exquisitely finished – look at the reed in the lower edge of the inwhale and the stringer, also seen on the artistically shaped after thwart support and the back rest with it’s inlaid acorn. The knees are fashioned from grown oak in the traditional way. The slatted sole boards are held in place by a simple turnbuckle, there is a variable stretcher for the feet, even the steam bent timbers are half-rounded
This is a sailing version fitted with a wooden centre-board and a lift-off rudder.
There are several rig designs so Tim decided to wait and build a rig to an owner’s choice on indeed none at all as the boat can be used as a rowing boat.
She has a fine pair of new oars and will slip along almost effortlessly.
A price will be given for a rig depending on choice.
What a wonderful thing to own!