The Linnet is a seaworthy rowing boat that has been specifically designed for sea use. Accordingly it does not have outriggers or a sliding seat, while a small daggerboard is fitted to help prevent being blown sideways by the wind. A good load carrier, Linnet can be rowed by 1-3 people.
They have been built all over the world and have made some long coastal trips with the crew camping on board at night. Perhaps the most ambitious trip was a cruise down the River Shannon (the longest river in the British Isles) by a Bee and Linnet with the crew sleeping on board at night.
We deliberately used a retrousse transom on Bee so that it would not be possible to use an outboard engine. However, the conventional transom on Linnet means that fitting a small outboard (up to 4 HP) is feasible. This will give an easy 6 knot cruising speed.
Thank you for the fantastic plans of the Linnet, they were straightforward and easy to follow. I had a lot of fun making the boat.
It rows beautifully and is surprisingly manoeuvrable. The only thing I would say is that (on my boat anyway) it needs the dagger board in windy weather otherwise, because of the lightness of the boat, it tends to get blown about. But I definitely prefer a lighter boat.
I live in Finland where there seems to be almost as much water as land, building this boat has given me the opportunity to explore the lakes and has opened up a big part of what Finland is all about.
The Linnet rowing boat plans include detailed specifications for building the boat. The quality and clarity of the plans ease the construction of this boat, though you still need to be confident of your plans-reading ability.
A complete materials list is supplied with the plans. All dimensions are in metric units.
An electronic version of the plans in PDF format that can be viewed using Adobe Reader. After credit card authorisation the file will be sent to the email address put on the order form.