A pure rowing version of the sailing skiff Sandpiper, Little Grebe follows the same style and methods of construction, with slightly reduced beam and freeboard: she is an elegant and stable boat for relaxed and enjoyable recreational rowing, or freshwater angling.
Dimensions: 4.06m x 1.22m (13’4″ x 4’0″)
Hull weight: 52kg (115lbs)
Plans: £30 post free (£32 outside Europe)
Little Grebe is (despite her handsome appearance) designed for exceptionally quick and economical building: apart from the solid timber needed for framing and longitudinals, all her hull components can be cut from three sheets of 3/4″ (6mm) plywood, though construction can be slightly simplified (and appearance enhanced) if transom and thwarts are made up from varnished hardwood. As with the other boats in the range, building requires no special equipment or skills and presents no problems to the single-hander.
There are two rowing positions, though with two people at the oars a passenger on the stern seat is desirable for good trim. A single rower will find Little Grebe fast and responsive, tracking well and with excellent stability thanks to her flat-bottomed design, which also makes her a good choice for the fisherman. Her shapely form will allow her to take her place among any group of craft at a Thames-side picnic on a fine summer’s afternoon.