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Iain Oughtred - Norwegian Hardanger Faering

The Norwegian Hardanger Faering from Iain Oughtred

Elf

Sometimes beauty transcends reason. Form does not always relate to function, though in this case it is a marriage. Elf is a Norwegian Faering, or at least Iain's interpretation. This is a functional, seaworthy incredibly beautiful small ship. It is also one of the most ancient hull forms. Seeing her for the first time reminded me of the Sutton Hoo boat in Greenwich, thousands and thousands of years old. And all lapped planks and sewn together. Building Elf will have the race memory juices that Jung hints at running on all eight. There will be times in that workshop where the moaning chair has been taken, because some joint or other would not fit right. And you look over the boat, the Elf, as she takes her shape in front of you. The hair creeps on the back of your neck, and for tiniest moment you suspect that you are not alone. Judith Wright, a loved Australian poet once wrote about our obligation to the past. We are, she said, the living vision of dead men's eyes. And in that moment, we know what she means. Soon you will go back and fit that joint, perfectly. You will know, as you later see this special boat's reflection in the waves, that you will have done credit to and become part of the continuum of that ancient past.

Construction Options: traditional plank.

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Specs

 
Type: Norwegian Hardanger Faering
LOA: 4.57 m - 14' 11"
Beam: 1.34 m - 4' 4"
Sail Area: 4.90 sq m - 52.72 sqf
Weight: 65.00 kg - 143 lbs
Construction Time: 200 hours
Capacity: 3 Crew
Plan Price: AUD $245.00
(Product Code: 1-201-8)
 
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Elfyn

The Elfyn is a slightly larger version of the Elf with the same layout but with optional bouyancy tanks and low decks. She's a little more of a handful for a single rower in rougher conditions but fast and powerful with 4 oars. The lug rig, being similar to the asymmetrical square sails carried by larger Norland and Shetland craft, is simple and safe for a boat this size.

Glued Lapstrake construction.

Specs

 
Type: Norwegian Hardanger Faering
LOA: 5.03 m - 16' 6"
Beam: 1.46 m - 4' 9"
Sail Area: 6.22 sq m - 66.93 sqf
Weight: 82.00 kg - 180 lbs
Construction Time: 240 hours
Capacity: 4 Crew
Plan Price: AUD $270.00
(Product Code: 1-201-44)
 
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Woodfish

The Woodfish is basically the Elf redrawn for solid timber rather than ply. It also marks Iain's 100th design ...yet another pretty and practical boat to add to his stable.

Her 3 plank aside hull sports a balanced lug rig, and is rowed the traditional way (using kabes for rowlocks). You can make traditional faering oars, held in place by rope bands.

Woodfish has no centreboard, although one has been drawn should you wish to improve upwind performance.

This first Woodfish built by Adrian Morgan at Viking Boats, near Ullapool, UK.

Pics courtesy of Adrian Morgan.

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Specs

 
Type: Norwegian Hardanger Faering
LOA: 4.57 m - 14' 11"
Beam: 1.34 m - 4' 4"
Sail Area: 4.90 sq m - 52.72 sqf
Capacity: 3 Crew
Plan Price: AUD $235.00
(Product Code: 1-201-25)
 
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