Building Graeme King's Kingfisher Rowing Shellgreenspun.com : LUSENET : Open-water rowing : One Thread
Graeme King once provided a kit for building his Kingfisher, a 22'6" Plywood Single Recreational Shell. I can not find the whereabouts of Mr. King or one of his kits. Can you direct me to him or to where I can purchase a kit for the Kingfisher?
-- Mark Ropers (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 12, 2004
King Boat works in Vermont used to sell a kit, maybe they still do. Here's the number I was given a few years ago: King Boat Works 802 387 5373. I'm currently building Ken Basset's "Firefly" which is shaping up to be a very nice hull. Will fit it with a Piantedosi rigger. Thanks to everyone who provided information about this design. More questions to follow. Doug
-- dougculhane (email@example.com), January 13, 2004.
The plans for Kingfisher have long been available from WoodenBoat Magazine. Perhaps they also know where you can buy a kit. For plans contact www.woodenboatstore.com. They also sell plans for Ken Bassett's Liz.
-- Andre de Bardelaben (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 13, 2004.
woodenboat not only sells the plans but they have 3 back issues that describe the building process in pretty good detail. I ordered them specifically for those articles...
they sell the back issues for about $5 each or 5 for $20 each..... so have a look through their index might be some row boats that catch your fancy... ie Adirnodack guide boats etc...
-- mike reiner (email@example.com), January 14, 2004.
I built the Kingfisher from plans purchased at the WoodenBoat Store. The most difficult part of the project is fabricating the sliding seat and riggers, which I purchased from Graeme King. Unless Graeme will supply these items, I would suggest looking at another design.
I rowed the boat for a year before moving on to a flat water single. The boat is beautifully designed and was always a crowd pleaser.
-- Dennis Sattler (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 20, 2004.
I recently completed a Kingfisher and launched it a few days ago. Graeme King provided the complete kit. That's not to say it wasn't a challenge to assemble. I am very pleased with the final product.
-- robert salazar (email@example.com), May 24, 2004.
I'm busy with the last work in building the Kingfisher. Hope to launch it soon. Are there more builders, perhaps in Europe, special Holland?
-- dirk branbergen (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 11, 2005.