THISTLE (FIN BOAT)
The Fin boat is designed to be propelled like a fish. She has an extremely flexible fin at her transom which is controlled by reciprocating foot pedals. Thus, using your strongest muscles, she can be propelled and steered by legs alone, leaving the operator's hands free for navigating, or binocular and camera use. Although capable of keeping up with any oar or paddle propelled boat of her length, she is at her best silently swimming close to wildlife or just enjoying the water-borne equivalent of an afternoon walk.PARTICULARS
Weight 65 Ibs.
Hull type: Flat bottomed, round sided semi-open dory.
Construction: Lap streak cedar.
Intended capacity: 1
Propulsion: Pedal powered fin.
Skill needed: Basic to intermediate wood, metal working.
Lofting required: No
Alternative construction: Glued lap plywood (not detailed)
Plans consist of 7 sheets:
1 - Lines, offsets and setup jig;
2 - Construction and scantlings;
3 - Full sized patterns;
4 - additional full sized patterns; propulsion details;
5 - Full sized fin
6 - Pedals and fin;
7 - More full sized fin propulsion details.
A 36 pg. instruction booklet is included.