The Zeiger Family Boat Building Page
(Phil Bolger's June Bug design)
After using our Coleman Scanoe for a tender for two summers, I finally got around to building Bolger's June Bug. This boat was designed to be a tender for the advanced sharpies, and is extremely stable. I learned about it and found advice on building it in Harold "Dynamite Payson's" Build the New Instant Boats.
I think construction took a month or less, but because I built over winter, I allowed several extra weeks for the epoxy to cure and the paint to dry. I almost left her unpainted, because the natural wood was so beautiful under the epoxy!
We named her Roan (another name for the Selkie folk, and a halfway decent pun). We launched her May 10, 2003.
Designed primarily for rowing, she also sails very well.
I used John Michalak's instructions for a kick-up rudder. Since I used okume and luan for this boat, the recommended amount of lead in the rudder proved inadequate. I had to triple the weight to get it to sink properly after kicking up.
With two rowing stations and a handy deck for small helms-woman to perch on and see over the crew's head, rowing becomes a family affair.
I've added a few details, like a sheet block on the tiller. I highly recommend this design for anyone looking for a tender that's easy to row, fun to sail, and stable enough for pulling anchors and crab pots!
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