The Classic and Wooden Boat Festival will be held on the weekend of 16 and 17 October and I’ll be there with Ian Souter’s Viking style rowing boat Se Upp. We’ll have a Travel 1003 on this boat and its builder, Rob Tearne, will be doing rowing demonstrations of this traditional scandinavian design.
Well designed rowing boats make a good platform for small electric outboards because they are easily driven. Being a human-powered-vehicle they have limited propulsive power available and so the traditional designs have been developed over generations to be easily rowed in both flat and choppy waters. And so it is with Se Upp and its long straight keel and fine entry mean that she drives easily into a chop using just a few hundred watts of power.
If you are interested in an easy to build boat with good loading carrying capacity for picnics or fishing be sure to come by and check it out at the festival. Come for a row or a motor and see how it feels.
At just a few hundred watts she lopes along nicely at 2 or 3 knots and barely notices a wind driven chop. At full power on the Travel 1003 she does a little over 5 knots. For longer and/or faster passages one of the Cruise models will push her along at a good clip. we hope to do some speed trials with a Cruise 4 in the next few days. Stay tuned…
For information about the Classic and Wooden boat festival click here to go to the maritime museum website.