Flying Mouse is an exercise to develop just
about the smallest, cheapest possible sailing boat I can conceive. As a
result, it's not a boat to which you can safely trust your life in any
sort of waves - as anyone who climbs into a Flying Mouse will quickly
realise. Nevertheless, and I think it is capable of providing hours of
summer fun in a strictly supervised environment, which isn't bad for a
boat this cheap to build.
My guess is that Flying Mouse can quickly be
knocked up in 24-40 hours of work, using the kitchen table as a workbench
if you have to. The main material is intended to be 1/4in hardwood ply;
the main hull takes one sheet, while the remainder is intended come out of
an extra one and a half sheets. The framing should probably be inch by
half inch or so pine, although just about any cheap lumber will probably
do. The stitch and glue should be epoxy and glass tape; other glues may be
of cheaper varieties such as polyurethane.
The mast is marked as being tapered, although
I suspect that a straight-sided closet pole could serve.
Please refer to
Polysail website or other authoritative source for instructions on how
to make suitable sails.
An email discussion group for builders and
users of this boat has been created at:
This zip file includes:
- a gif showing the lines
- construction details in both gif and dxf
- coordinates for cutting out the ply
material for both hull and decking using a batten
- a table of offsets for Flying Mouse
- a Hulls file for Flying Mouse
- this readme file
All drawings copyright Gavin Atkin, Tunbridge
Wells, April 2001