I’ve had it in mind for a number of years to get hold of ‘Sharpy’, Derek Munnion’s unique, drop keel sailing sharpie which is like a wide decked canoe with a small transom stern. He designed and built this plywood vessel some years ago when we both exhibited boats at the Beale Boat Show. My ‘Micro’ was at the DCA stand which was only a stones throw away from his. Despite pleading with him, he has never parted with his beloved ‘Sharpy’. Therefore, it looks as though I am left with the only alternative, and that is to build my own!
Those who have been following my Blog will be aware of the struggle I’ve been having on deciding my next boat project. I’ve been looking at all manner of small sailing craft, either to build or to buy. I’ve not yet made a decision, but ‘Sharpy’ is high on the list of options. I’ve even got around to asking Derek for a set of building plans, and they should be delivered to my home within the next few days.
If I had the cash, I would consider getting hold of a Hobie Adventure Island Trimaran, but I would need to find £3,495, which is way out of the question. A much cheaper alternative would be to build a Chesepeake 17 Kayak Trimaran, or the equivalent boat in the UK, namely the Mill Creek trimaran. On balance, I think I prefer Derek’s ‘Sharpy’. To see why, have a look at a previous Blog.* I’ve cooled a little to building a clone or replica of Matt Layden’s ‘Illusion’.
Plans for building ‘Sharpy’ can be obtained from Derek Munnion via email@example.com . Study plans are £4.00 and full building plans are £40.00 – that’s for the UK. A small extra charge is made to cover the postal fees for those outside of the UK.
An Article by Gavin Atkin that mentions Derek’s ‘Sharpy’ and my ‘Micro’
My Article about the Hobie Island Adventure Trimaran
My Article about the Hobie Mirage Tandem Trimaran
*My Article about the CLC Mill Creek Trimaran
Brighton Canoes, Hobie Island Adventure £3,495
Chesepeake Light Craft Trimaran