The Coot is a handy little yacht tender with a lot of capacity. The pram-style design has transoms at both ends, providing a lot of capacity in a short length. This has the added benefit for the first-time wooden boatbuilder that the construction is relatively easy: most of the strips run straight off the transoms and do not require the careful fitting involved in a sharp ended boat.
The T-shaped plywood bench seat allows the rower to easily slide forward or back to adjust the balance as more people climb in or baggage is added. The seat creates buoyancy for added safety. The boat is designed to be rowed out to your mooring, but it may be equipped with a small outboard. For those who would like to do some sailing the boat could be rigged with a small sail. The boat has a lot of stability and should scoot along quite well for a boat of its size.
This a good first boat-building project that is accessible to anyone who has the desire to build a beautiful wooden boat.
The plans contain sufficient information to make it possible to build the boat from scratch. They include full size drawings for all the forms. We recommend Nick Schade's book, Building Strip-Planked Boats, which covers the techniques that are used to build strip-planked boats.
240 m of bead-and-cove cedar strips will be needed to build this boat.