This Iain Oughtred ‘Elf’ is being built in the workshop at the moment. She is a 15 foot long, double ended rowing boat with an auxiliary Sprit sail for occasional sailing when the wind is right. Iain drew the Elf based on his extensive research into the traditional Norwegian Fearing which is a type of sail and oar boat who’s design has barely changed in nearly 1000 years, so they must have done something right!
I’m building the boat from an Alec Jordan Kit, which the customer had bought before commissioning me to build her, so I’ve had precious little set up to do. Things are moving along very quickly, and her owner is looking forward to an early start to the season.