with this design was to draw little boat that would be a pleasure to row,
capable of taking a small sailing rig, and quite simple to build. Peapods are a
very well-known Maine type, and although they are not as stable as boats with a
transom, and don’t carry the same load, they are particularly nice to row, and
they certainly are pretty! The traditional peapod is often symmetrical fore and
aft – the bow is the same as the stern. When I came to draw the lines, I
decided to give my peapod more freeboard forward, and keep the maximum beam aft
of amidships. In such a small boat, I felt that this would help to keep her
dry, and improve her trim. To my eye, she looks just as nice.
I used the
same construction method – glued lapstrake with plywood planking, over fore and
aft stringers – that has been so successful in my Penobscot designs. To save
weight, and make the boat quicker and simpler to build, I made some changes. I
reduced the number of plans each side to five, simplified the structure of the
sheer, and used the topmost stringer to support the seats. I feel that any
small boat should be self-rescuing – in the event of a capsize, you should be
able to get aboard, bail her out, and get going again without assistance. The
peapod has foam flotation under the seat. This is very light, and easy to
usually do, I made a scale model of the boat before finalizing the lines. This
led to a few slight modifications, and now I am very happy with the way the
finished boat turned out. I think that she is very pretty indeed – I hope you
agree! She certainly was a delight to build.
include eight sheets of scale drawings, full size details, and sail and spar
plans, full size patterns of the stems, station molds or building frames,
centerboard, rudder and tiller, and a 75 page building manual, illustrated with
over 100 drawings and photographs. The full size patterns are printed on Mylar,
which does not move with changes in moisture content, making it very much more
accurate than paper patterns. It also stands up much better to the rigors of
workshop use, and being translucent is easy to position over your plywood or
lumber. The building manual takes you in detail through each step of building,
with sections on making a mast and spars, tools, materials, and a glossary of
two-hour DVD also takes you through every stage of building, from laying out and
cutting the station molds, to putting the finishing touches on the hull, for
builders who would like to actually see the job being done. You will learn
about setting up, fairing, beveling and cutting gains, scribing the planking to
shape, and much more. A great learning tool, and something to keep you
COSTS, AND BUILDING TIME.
uses three sheets of 8’ x 4’ x 4mm marine plywood for the planking, 1 sheet of
˝” plywood for the station molds, some lumber, epoxy resin, fastenings, and some
hardware. Marine plywood and epoxy resin is available from Arch Davis Design.
Sources for marine plywood are also listed in the building manual. Many of
these firms also carry suitable lumber for other parts of the boat. Fastenings
are mostly stainless steel screws, which are available from any good hardware
store or lumberyard. The manual includes a full list or requirements, with
advice on choosing lumber and plywood, a list of tools, and a good deal more.
It should cost about $1,000 to put a peapod in the water, ready for rowing – the
exact figure will vary depending on what you pay for lumber, for which there is
a wide range of prices. Adding a sailing rig will almost double that, assuming
that you make your own mast and spars.
time varies widely from one builder to another. If you have some woodworking
experience, you will probably be quicker than a complete novice, but a lot
depends on how you work. If you are really fussy about you joints and finish,
you will spend more hours on the job. It took me about 125 hours to build the
first peapod. I’m an experienced builder, but not very quick. I don’t like
sanding and painting, so I don’t spend as long on it as others who may work to
much higher standards. The peapod is a much smaller boat than the Penobscot 14,
for example, and a simpler project. It’s certainly a good winter’s project –
working weekends, you can very reasonably start one in the fall, and expect to
launch in the spring.
CAN YOU DO
builders of the Penobscot 14 and 17 start with a little woodworking experience,
and a lot of uncertainty about their projects. I always tell them that being of
a practical turn of mind, and having confidence in their ability to solve
problems and stick with the project, is more important than prior woodworking or
boatbuilding experience. The same applies to the peapod. If you haven’t built
a boat before, you will be learning as you go. Remember that I am here to help,
and that if you keep at it, you will get there!
will add up to $1,000.00 to that, depending on which rig you choose.
building time is the biggest imponderable. Everything depends on you, how much
time you put in, how quick you are, how many coats of varnish you apply, and so
on. A few builders finish their boats in three months. Six months is probably a
realistic average, but some builders will take longer. Remember – the point is
not arriving quickly, but to enjoy the journey!
includes a 24″ x 36″ blueline drawing showing the lines of the boat,
construction sections, interior layout, and sail plan, and a booklet containing
a detailed description of the boat, its development and construction, and
numerous photographs and drawings. $12.00 + P&H: ($2.50 USA, $20.00 Canada, $24.00 all other countries.)
sheets of drawings, full size patterns, and illustrated building manual.
$108.00 + P&H (Shipping: $14.00 USA, $38.00 Canada, $55.00 Asia & Pacific
Rim, $50.00 all other countries.)
video/DVD shows each stage of construction. $35.00 + P&H ($6.00 USA, $20.00
Canada, $24.00 all other countries.)
includes the stems, beveled and marked for setting up, laminated stem facings,
and station molds. The kit also includes the plans and video/DVD. $450.00,
including plans and DVD. Please call for shipping and handling.
kit comes from System Three Resins, and provides you with all the resin,
hardener, additives, measuring pumps, brushes, gloves, and other items, that you
will need. The System Three Epoxy Book, which gives detailed information on
mixing and using epoxy, is included. (Epoxy solvent is not included, due to
shipping restrictions. Hardware stores carry acetone or denatured alcohol, for
use in cleaning up uncured epoxy). $310.15. Please call for shipping and
packages include three sheets of 4mm okoume plywood for planking, and one sheet
of 12 mm plywood for the station molds. You will not need the 12 mm plywood if
you start with the frame kit. They come from World Panel Products, Inc., Riviera
Beach, Florida. $154.35. Please call for shipping and handling.
rigging kits, masts, spars, and other items. Call for details.