Developed for the Atlantic Salmon fishery in the late 1700s or early 1800s, Lincolnville Wherries are ideally suited for working in surf and on and off the shore. They were never moored, and like the boat in the photo (a 14 footer), their plank keels enabled to stand upright when beached, making launching and landing a whole lot easier, and protecting the planking from abrasion. As far as we have been able to determine, we have built more of these wherries than any of the old-timers, and now we're fast approaching that age group ourselves. We built our first one in 1973, and 40-odd wherries later, we can say without hesitation that the Lincolnville Wherry is one of the finest small craft afloat...not to mention one of the prettiest to be found anywhere. Here's a 15-footer we completed recently...
Wt=245 lbs (deduct 45 lbs for rowing version)
The weight noted presupposes traditional construction. A 14' glued lap rowing model would weigh about 100 pounds. Understand, though, that a Salmon Wherry built that lightly would be suitable for recreational rowing only. For sailing, you would want to add some frames, a centerboard, and some ballasting. That would increase hull weight 40-50 pounds, or so.
The plans are drawn to 1-1/2" scale and reproduced on 24# Diazo (blueline) paper. The lines are for a 14' boat, but understand that the length can be modified simply by altering the distance between the perpendiculars on the lofting. The heights and halfbreadths remain the same for all intents and purposes. Plans consist of lines and offsets, construction details, and a combined sail plan showing the rigs and the station spacing for boats from 12'-10" to 16'-0" overall.
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.