Back Creek 13

After seeing our L’Arche dinghy construction method, we were approached by a client from Australia to design a lightweight power boat to be used as a transportation tender while cruising on his lobster yacht.  The tender will be stored on brackets attached to his swim platform, so lightweight was a necessity. 

To compliment her mother ship, we incorporated many aspects of the traditional lobster boat including a pronounced sheer and ample flare in the bow. 

It is important that she transitions to a plane quickly and easily, while remaining dry in a chop.  Therefore, she differs from the classic lobster boat with a wide chine flat that tapers into the bow while retaining an effective high angle of deadrise in the forward sections.

The layout remains simple while allowing multiple seating locations to balance the addition of crew and their gear.  There is a small anchor locker in the bow and a full-size motor well in the stern for safety.  Along with the foam in her hull and furniture, enough foam will be added in the box gunwale to ensure she meets ABYC recommendations for positive flotation.  For those who like their feet dry, there is an option for removable foam core floor boards. 

The construction consists of 1/2″ foam core sandwiched between interior and exterior laminations of fiberglass.  The vertical planking method in a female half-mold as seen with the Island Trail 22 and L’Arche dinghy will be used. 

The construction drawings are available by clicking on the Stock Plans button in the right column.