We've gotten permission from the Cocktail Class Association to produce a kit for their ridiculously nifty 8-foot racer. It's powered by either a 6hp or 8hp outboard, depending on how much the skipper weighs.
A local naval architect pitched in to help with the conversion from traditional plywood-on-frame construction to stitch-and-glue. We've come up with a pretty cool slot-together scheme. You can assemble the thing in an hour or two, ready for epoxy fillets and fiberglass.
As of this writing five of the CLC-spec hulls have been assembled. The first two weren't "tanked in," and will have to rely on foam for flotation in a swamping. The final version has four separate airtight tanks.
This is one of the old-style Cocktail Class racers, NOT built by CLC, but on display at the WoodenBoat Show a few weeks ago.
Here's our version.
The bow has a lot of shape, so the CLC kit has an external jig clamped to a sawhorse for the bow. Still, beats building upside-down on a "ladder frame" mold!
We have three of them assembled at the moment in the new shop:
The "eggcrate" grid of okoume plywood makes for an incredibly strong and light hull. Finished weight will be in the 60-pound range, and yes, this is a fast little boat on the race course. There's a class minimum weight so water ballast will have to be carried for racing in some circumstances.
This is one of the very first models, not "tanked in," built by our friend Lee. The plan is to have his on the water this week.
Stay tuned for updates on this kit.