Of more recent vintage than the Lincolnville Model, these lines and construction details were taken from an original wherry built by Stimp Rhodes (hence her name).The lines plan page shows offsets to the outside of the planking, just as they were measured from the original. Since that time, she has been completey lofted, and an additional page of details has been added to the set of plans. That new page features offsets to the inside of the planking, full size plank keel details, inboard and outboard transom expansions, and stem rabbet detail drawn to 3" scale. The original boat is lapstrake cedar planking over sawn frames with other natural crooks for knees, but she can be built using laminated or even steamed members and a variety of planking methods-glued lap construction would be an excellent choice.
It is surprising how much of a load this little wherry can handle. In that respect she is much akin to Sunshine, and in fact carries an identical rigs–sprit as well as lug. Knowing she began as a workboat attests to her capabilities despite her deceptively small size. The Rhodes Wherry is an exceptional tender and a lovely little boat. Professional building time is about 135 hours, though brightwork can add considerably to the total.
10'-6" too small for your purposes? That's not a problem. Just increase her mould spacing by a factor of 1.14 and she becomes a 12-footer using the very same offsets. The 12 is even more able than the 10-6 boat, and costs very nearly the same to build.
When you place an order for plans, understand that what you are purchasing is the construction rights for one time use only–and every plan page is so marked. A royalty amounting to 50% of the original cost of the plans is due on subsequent boats built from our boat plans. So if you decide you would like to build a second (or third, or fourth) Duck Trap Wherry for example, and the plans cost $65, then the royalty would only amount to $32.50 per boat.