New Red Cedar River Launch Goes electric
Remember the days of timber putt putts for hire, all the coastal towns up and down the east coast of Australia, had little fleets of them. Powered by Blaxland, Simplex or Hall petrol engines, they would cut through the water beautifully, having their DNA in rowing skiffs from the 1920s and 30s. These boats were low-wooded with classic lines. You could run your hand in the water as you went along, other hand on the tiller, exploring the rivers and lakes.
Alas, only a few are left. At Scarborough Engineering, we have a couple of repeat customers with the wooden boat disease (those who have it will understand). One customer found a hull in Afloat Magazine’s classifieds which we restored for him (see photo). We could not find a suitable hull for the other afflicted customer, so we came to an agreement to build a new red cedar strip-planked boat based on an old hull we had in the yard.
The exciting part was we were going to incorporate a state-of-the-art brushless electric motor, control unit and lithium ion battery pack.
So the journey begins: station templates from the old hull were made, steel assembly jig fashioned and station moulds fabricated and fitted. Transom is made from Australian Cedar and fitted, stem is laminated from Spotted Gum then shaped and fitted along with keelson. Red Cedar planking is scarfed to get the length required and planking commenced (see photos). Hull core faired and sanded and the boat is epoxy sheathed.
As we built the boat it became obvious it was a nice hull, not too big, with a pretty shear line. So the decision was made to make a mould of the boat to add to our vintage hull range (see website: www.scarboroughengineering.com.au).
Both strip planked boat and fibreglass hull will be available for sale.
Packages for DIY’ers will also be made available.
More information and updates will be available on the Scarborough Engineering website as the build progresses.
Hopefully this will give you Afloat Magazine Groupies a bit of a fix in these uncertain times.
Stay safe, see you on the other side.
David and Patrick
Scarborough Engineering, Gloucester NSW.