17' Mandarin Rowing Skiff

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The Mandarin 17 has a beam of 45” and is designed with traditional oarlocks to mirror the traditional Thames skiffs. She may be fitted with a single or double rowing position and the plans detail a rudder and traditional foot rests.

She uses 5 to 6 sheets of 4, 5 or 6mm ply—if required she could take a small sail rig or use a small electric outboard.

The drawings give the plank shapes and details for simple stitch and tape construction and also the mould/jig details for those wanting to build her with clinker/ply.

Mandarin 17 Particulars

LOA 17' 5.19m
Beam 45" 1.14m
Hull Mid Depth 1' 2" 0.35m
Draft 4 1/2" 0.11m
Approx. Dry Weight 85 lbs 39 kg
Hull Shape Multi-chine with 5 planks per side
Construction Method Stitch and tape and clinker ply
Major plywood requirements for hull 6 sheets of 4,5 or 6mm marine or clinker plywood
Guidance Use 3 x adults
Drawing/Design Package 4 x A1 drawings + 6 x A4 instruction sheets

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