A blog about SCAMP (Small Craft Advisor Magazine Project) boats. Covering the build, sailing the boat and the scamp community that has formed around this little portly boat.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Another Pt Townsend Wooden Boat Festival

Saturday September 10 I drove up to Port Townsend for the annual Wooden Boat Festival. As usual, the joint was very busy with plenty of people. I wanted to take the PTPuffin (who hasn't been wet since mid July because of the rest of life), but I didn't want to fight all the other boats and boaters at the festival.

Luckily, I ran into Dale who let me crew for him on Luna for about 4 hours in the PM for a wonderful little sail. We puttered around for awhile then found Mike in Tor and Simeon in Noddy. Skol sailed with us as well. Mike even got the spinnaker deployed on Tor for awhile.

Afterwards, Dale and I had a beer and hung out. We ran into Jackie Monies. I didn't even know she would be around. It was nice to see her again.

Next year, I would like to take an extra day off and put the PTPuffin in the water and maybe stay on her for the weekend.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Howard's idea of a footwell has generated a lot of interest. I thought I'd take a quick post to describe mine and the decisions I made.

I think Howard was the first to mention the footwell as a drainage well. That made sense to me that it would be at the lowest point of the boat. Most people say that bailers in the aft transom wells do not work. 

In the below picture, you can see the open hatch at the aft of the boat. There are no wells behind it because I didn't bother with them. You can also see the two empty spots at the bottom of the foot well. 
Footwell looking aft.

Close up of the footwell looking fore.

The cutouts for the bailer wells were pre-made when I reversed the tail of the sole and laid that down inside the already doubled portion of the hull. 

Now I have space for bailers in the lowest spot of the boat. Unfortunately, Sergei says that a mini bailer that low in the water does not work. I'm considering buying the larger bailers. If anyone has opinions on what might work, please let me know.

The height of the hatches matches the sole fillers

You can also see in the above pictures that the height of the hatch covers is very similar to the height of the 6mm plywood pieces. This is by design. I can lay down on the entire floor without any untoward bumps underneath me. Sleeping in a bag with a thin camping pad and my two yoga seat pads is very comfortable. No lumps at all.

I didn't get any pictures, but I cut two pieces of plywood and glued them together so I'd have side runner channels (pictures before painting in this post). Before I painted, I cut that piece in half. It stores in the cabin and I can pull it out for sleeping or if I want to run without a footwell for some reason.