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John Kinnane

Catspaw 8

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I recently decided I needed a tender for my moored sailboat, so I looked around and came up with the Catspaw 8 which should fit in my VW Transporter.

 

I will try and update photos of the project as I go and these can be viewed at

 

http://boatin.smugmug.com/Boats

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Hi Rattus,

 

The gunwales are an Australian timber called Blue Gum ( a eucalyptus). It comes up a lovely rich red and it is as hard as Hell. I have trid to use a variety of timbers, there are a few bits of Jarrah, Radiata Pine and Pacific Maple plywood. The centre seat is Tasmanian Oak and there are a couple of other odds bits.

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Today we launched Tom Thumb, our Catspaw 8 at Kurnel on Botany Bay. It was better than expected. Tracked straight and rode well with plenty of freeboard with two adults and two children. The little old Evinrude 2 hp pushed along at a sedate speed. A bonus was that it fits and sits perfectly in the VW Transporter with no frame required.

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