Archive for February, 2015

Lofting the Katy Dink

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

I have been looking for a tender for my Campion 602 to use on my boat trip this summer.  What I need is something that is small and light so I can store it on the foredeck and be able to lift it on and off easily.  I had been looking at Skin-On-Frame prams when I saw Williams Atkin’s Katydidn’t.  Petey Dink is John Atkin’s updated version for cold molding.  I had build a Petey Dink at the Center for Wooden Boats when I took John Guzzwell’s cold molded boat building class.  I found a copy of the plans in the January 1936 issue of MoToR BoaTinG.  Katy_DinkI put the table of offsets in a spreadsheet so I could convert the feet-inches to inches.  I also changed the Heights ‘LWL to Sheer’ to ‘Base to Sheer’ so it would be easier to draw.  I lofted the Katydidn’t, which I call Katy Dink, in TurboCAD.  Katy Dink is 6 feet 6 inches long and was originally stripped planked with 3/8 x 1 inch strips.  I would strip plank her in 1/4 x 3/4 Western Red Cedar strips like I used to build my Puddle Duck canoe.    For the bow and stern transoms I am thinking of either Yellow Alaskan Ceder or Port Orford Cedar, for the keel CVG Douglas Fir, for the inner and outer gunnels Yellow Alaskan Ceder and for the seats Yellow Alaskan Ceder or Port Orford Cedar.  The boat would be glassed inside and out with several coatings of varnish.  All I need to do now is start looking for 7 to 8 foot lengths of Western Red Cedar to make the strips out of.