Brian’s recent comment with a link to John Welford's Long Steps* and a mention of John’s Scamp got me thinking about the latter. She’s a development of his Tread Lightly,** the plans of which John gave me in recognition of my work featuring his boats at my old Small Sailboats website. I liked Tread Lightly, but I opted to build Matt Layden’s Paradox instead, because the former was too beamy (5’ 5”) to fit in my garage and she was more complicated to build than Paradox. Furthermore, Paradox gave complete shelter from the elements and she was self-righting.
Scamp is simpler to build than Tread Lightly, but with a beam of 5’ 4” she is still too wide for building in a normal English garage - there just isn’t room for moving around to do the build.
Googling Scamp I have found a lot about her, and the more I read, the more I like her, but one thing I am not at all keen on is the fact that she can capsize and she is not self-righting! Watching the video of Howard Rice righting Scamp gave me the shivers. I also wondered if she would be as easy to right if she capsized with her starboard side down. I would like to see a video with that scenario.
Despite these minor reservations, I’m impressed. She would be an ideal boat for the sort of cruising done by the UK Dinghy Cruising Association, and she would meet their safety recommendations.
An experienced sailboat expert, Howard Rice,*** has built a highly modified Scamp with which he will attempt to explore the dangerous waters of Tierra del Fuego in Southern Chile. He is no stranger to this part of the world, having sailed and paddled a canoe around Cape Horn in both directions. He will set off on the great adventure in February 2016, and he will be filming a documentary, ‘Below 40 South’, in conjunction with Lutra Productions.**** He’ll be keeping a daily video diary as he ventures through the Straits of Magellan into the Southern Ocean.
****Below 40 South - an Adventure to be Shared
Below 40 South
Scamp Launches! - an Article by Josh Colvin
Scamp Active Capsize
Scamp Camps 2015
Scamp - a New Genre of Sailboat
Scamp Facebook Page
Scamp Minimicro Cruiser Plans
Sea Trials John Welford's Scamp - Wooden Boat Forum
John Welford’s Scamp
Dale’s Wonderful Scamp Build
Gig Harbour Boats GRP Scamp
Fiberglass Scamp by Gig Harbour Boats
Foresail 1 Launch
Scamp Dinghy Sailing
John Welford’s Maiden Voyage in His Self-built Scamp
Scamp Update - The Tiller
At less than 12 feet, SCAMP boat offers big features in a tiny package