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Martin Ellacott is a longtime boat builder who has sent us some examples of some of his projects.  They are listed below as:
Minicup - Weekender - Canadian Sabot - Cynthia J - Micro
Be sure and read Martin's article about his Somerset

Some Boats I have built
by Martin Ellacott ellacott@mnsi.net

These boats, like all of my boats, are built of commonly found lumber-yard lumber.  The solid stock used is usually clear oak or mahogany, and the plywood is exterior grade, good two sides.  All boats are fiberglassed on the exterior, and painted with marine grade paint.  Much care and attention is given to detailing and finishing to a professional level.


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The Mini-cup was about 12' long by 4.5' wide (I think..not sure), with a lateen sail .

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The Weekender was built without a bowsprit or cockpit. 

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spice3.jpg (20111 bytes) Considering the type of open water sailing that I do, I thought that  foot-well, would be safer in case of an offshore knockdown.

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Canadian Sabot

can sabot.jpg (22306 bytes) This is my version of the Canadian Sabot. The bow deck and the aft seat are air tanks and it uses a dagger board for lateral resistance. The boat with the painted interior is fairly standard. 
This craft is of stitch-and-glue construction, which was developed in England many years ago.   

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stu1.jpg (17616 bytes) The Daily Mirror newspaper of London, commissioned a designer, a builder and a sail maker to come up with a boat that anyone could build at home, and the Mirror Dinghy is what they cme up with.
I believe that this boat was designed in the early 1930's, in Vancouver BC.

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stu3.jpg (16284 bytes) The second boat, has a varnished interior and is of marine grade mahogany, has laminated seats, self standing mast,and 8 coats of hand rubbed varnish.

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Cynthia J

cyn j1.jpg (22081 bytes) This is the first Bolger boat that I have built. The Cynthia J is a leeboard cat-boat.  
A wonderful shoal draft boat, It has a huge sail for such a small craft....I think that the boom is about 17 feet long with a short mast, gaff and 150+ feet of sail.

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cyn j3.jpg (19207 bytes) I built it with a self bailing cockpit, but the rest of boat was built as per the plans.

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You may have to consult Phil Bolger or perhaps Elrow LaRowe, but I think that I was the first person in Canada to build the world famous Micro.  I have never sailed a better boat, large or small.  When your course is determined and the mizzen sail adjusted, she sails herself.  Building this boat was certainly a labour of love.

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sult 5.jpg (34390 bytes) To increase storage space, there is no foot well at the bow, rather, it is decked .  Because I dock with the bow toward land, it also facilitated getting on and off the boat with ease.  A small galley occupies the starboard side of the cabin, and the head is on a track and slides under the companionway.  Sliding doors give access to the bow storage area.  Shelves run the full length of the cabin and are located just under the portholes.One would sleep directly on the cabin sole in sleeping bags....not really all that comfortable.  Because of the raised bow and flat bottom, sleeping can be difficult because of the noise....like sleeping inside an oil drum....(although I have never slept inside an oil drum).
The interior is lined with varnished mahogany, and sandwiches foam insulation to deaden sound and for floatation.  Some of the area under the foot will is also part of the flotation safety system. sult 4.jpg (18309 bytes)
sult 2.jpg (18862 bytes) A self draining foot well takes the place of the deck access that was designed.  Everything else is to specification.  About the only change that I would make if I were to make another Micro, would be to cold mould a cabin roof of 2 layers of 1/4" plywood   for more strength.  Should also consult Bolger about the mast.....something lighter...takes 3 men and a mule to step it without a gin-pole.
Any exposed exterior wood is varnished teak or mahogany and everything else is totally fiberglassed.  After some years of sailing it and being laid up for a while, it is undergoing a good refurbishment and will be for sale 

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