Building the Rascal
was thinking that I would like to build a boat. I started to look
on the net for a few simple runabouts. I settled on the glen-L
boat TNT. Then I saw an add in Wooden Boat magazine for the rascal.
It was a ½” by 1” black and white photo not too clear but
it looked like a classic design. I thought I would order the plans
and have a look.
Julie and Chris on lake
boat is a cold molded hull and deck over spruce frames. I used
mahogany instead of spruce for the frames. It was designed in
1989 for a 60 hp outboard, top speed excess of 50 mph. Length
14’10”, beam 5’4” hull wt. 450 lbs equipped wt. 750 lbs. Fuel
pictures to enlarge
we got the plans we thought wow! What a nice design. The next
thought was, what do all these lines and offsets mean. Not having
built a boat before or even seeing plans for a boat it was all
a little daunting. The more we looked at the plans the more confused
I got. So my business partner and myself sat down to figure out
what was going on. We looked at the plans at lunchtime for a month.
During this I also read Building with plywood. After that it was
time to take the plunge. I went to Noah’s purchased some mahogany
for the frames and plywood for the transom.
the next year I built the boat on weekends and some evenings.
The wood part was not difficult and I sailed thought it. I got
a lot of help on glues and other needed chemicals from the people
at Noah’s. I was able to talk to the designer Ken Bassett (Franklin,
NH) about questions I had. I did not ask much but I wanted to
use a four-stroke motor instead of the 2stroke for which the boat
was designed. He seemed to think that this would not cause a problem.
purchased the motor and installed it. I then looked for the needed
hardware for the rest of the boat. This took a long time and was
difficult as the hardware sold is for modern boats, not new old
looking ones. I then started to install the wiring. There are
a lot of wires to my surprise when you add it all up. I went to
buy more wire 3 times.
launching finally came with a big party.
boat turns well and handles the waves. I always say the boat will
last longer then the driver on those rough days. The only problem
I had was that at half throttle the boat would porpoise. At higher
speeds it would porpoise violently. I added trim tabs, to correct
the problem but this lowers the top speed to 44mph. I attributed
the problem to the heavier 4-stroke motor. I still like the 4-stroke
better and would not want to change it. Assuming I built the boat
properly, I would like to know what to change to correct this
problem with out trim tabs if I ever made another one. I do have
3 kids so there is a better then little chance.
experience has turned me into a wooden boat nut. I joined the
ACBS. I am reading all the magazines and going to all the shows,
If only I did this prior to building the boat it would have been
much easier. As with most things in my life I ask the questions
after I am done.
am currently making a wooden steering wheel for the boat and restoring
a 1950 Seabird runabout As well I am gearing up to build a CLC
kayak for my lovely wife.