I just received my copy of Small
Craft Advisor Nov./Dec. and a cover shot
by Don Person of the WWP15 "Waldo" that
I owned till last August. Sold it to a woman up in
My 15 seconds of fame?
Then as a side bar to tenders for small boats, there's
3 fotos of my Origami and a bit of text about use
and building. Much the same as what I am sending you:
1st. foto is
of primered and painted frame work
|2nd. is me carrying
it to first launch. This was the heavy version
and inserting cross pieces at local harbor.
|4th. it actually
floats and is reasonably stable.
5th. A month
or so later and I've built #2 in an attempt
to get it lighter.
So #2's final weight was 38#, but still 12# heavier
than Benji's advertised 26#. I took #2 w/ me this
last summer up to Southern Gulf Islands of British
Columbia to use as a tender for my West Wight Potter
After being up there for awhile, a woman down the
road fell in love w/ WWP15 (Waldo), so I sold it to
That left the Origami, which I gifted to a couple
friends to use as a tender for their moored small
sailboats. A replacement for a leaky Zodiac. They're
both good sized guys, and both of them in the O-6
rowing seems the limit of its capacity. Maybe 370#s?
|photo 6. inside
7. either giving
birth to or devouring it.
It fit inside w/ a bit of wrestling around and left
enuf room for sleeping on starboard sleeping pad.
I could pull it out and erect it while resting on
grab rails, then slip in into water. I'd tie up both
bow and stern for getting in and out of, avoiding
cold water baths.
All in all the O-6 fit my needs for a collapsable
short tender to fit into a WWP15.
Maybe I'll come in dead last in next years Shipyard
|8 - A fun shot of
a Origami 6 towing another O6. Not a fotoshop
BTW, interesting that many plans have been sold,
but seemingly not many built. Could be that a few
of the materials called for aren't readily available
in US. I substituted easy finds.
Origami Plans are available
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