Newsletter 5 - Apr 2017


A Message from Andrew

A busy start to 2017 has seen a flurry of activity at Denman Marine.

We recently rolled over a new powerboat design we are building - the East Coast 32 and have commenced the interior fitout.

A new Joel White Designed Centre Harbor 31' sailing boat is scheduled to start later this year as well so it is certainly a busy time for us.

As the 2017 summer comes to a close, it is time to start thinking about projects that will keep the wooden boat fires burning over winter and our CLC boat kit designs are just the answer to those winter blues.  Many of these projects can easily be built in around 100 hours and have been designed to be built by people with little to no boatbuilding experience.

There are designs for kayaks, rowing boats, sailing boats, stand up paddle boards and even a funky little retro teardrop camper! 
Take a look at our CLC boats section of the website to browse the range and find a design that inspires you.

If there is anything you would like to discuss, query or order, please contact us via the contact form on our website.

Thanks for your interest!

Andrew Denman

Denman Marine Pty Ltd


Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2017

17' clinker launch Joanie

Another Australian Wooden Boat Festival has come and gone, we spent a considerable amount of time at the show and enjoyed it immensely.

The biennial festival which was held this year from the 10-13th of February, is the largest boat show in the Southern hemisphere with over 500 wooden boats and 220,000 visitors from all over Australia throughout the 4 days.

You may have also been lucky enough to see the beautiful 17' David Payne designed launch Joanie, built by Denman Marine in 2012 putting around the docks.

Although the 2017 Wooden Boat Festival has only just finished, we are already looking forward to the next event in 2019, it is always a fantastic event and well worth the trip. Please visit the Australian Wooden Boat Festival webpage for further details.

We look forward to seeing you there next time!


32' Motor Cruiser Under Construction


We are well into the construction of the newly designed East Coast 32 for a Sydney client. She is from the design board of well known naval architect Andy Dovell and will be powered by a 150hp Steyr turbo diesel.

We have utilised CAD design and CNC cutting extensively throughout the project which makes for ease of construction and faster build times.

We recently rolled the hull over and a short video clip of the rollover can be viewed here or below.

This is a really exciting project to be involved in and we will keep the updates coming in future newsletters.


CLC Teardrop Camper


Towards the end of 2016 we began producing kits for the long awaited, highly anticipated, Teardrop Camper from Chesapeake Light Craft.  The first kit is off and running in WA, and another will be headed to New Zealand shortly.

This is the perfect winter project that can be ready for some serious exploring next summer. Please visit our Teardrop Camper page for pricing and to place an order.

Please read on for further information regarding the Teardrop camper.

What is construction like?

The CLC Teardrop Camper is built from high-quality okoume/gaboon plywood in a simple slot-together female mold, stitch-and-glue style.  In this system, you assemble pre-fabricated components with temporary wire stitches to form a sturdy, rigid, elegantly-shaped camper shell.  The exterior is sheathed in a rugged coating of fiberglass cloth and epoxy, and all surfaces inside and out are sealed with epoxy.  This will make the camper absolutely waterproof and give it longevity to rival any fiberglass or aluminium body. Built as directed and given reasonable care, the camper will outlive you.

Is construction suitable for first-time builders?

Yes. A pre-cut kit provides a high level of accuracy and a very comprehensive, illustrated construction manual removes all the guesswork.

To someone unfamiliar with the stitch-and-glue construction technique, it's probably easiest to picture the project as a giant airplane model kit. We've cut out the parts, you assemble them with epoxy glue, then sand and finish. 

How long will it take to build the CLC Teardrop Camper?

Let's say 250 hours.  Basic assembly goes very quickly, and most will have the shell complete after a few weeks of evenings and weekends.  Coating, sanding, and finishing are straightforward but moderately time-consuming.  The fit-out (galley, electrical system, interior liner, and so on) will vary a lot from project to project.  Some builders will keep it really simple, others will outfit their teardrops with extravagant electrical systems and galley fittings.  That's part of the fun of doing it yourself!

What are the dimensions of the CLC Teardrop Camper?

You can link to a high-res drawing, with dimensions in standard and metric units, here. The shell itself measures 2.44m long, 1.675m wide, and 1.14m tall.  The actual height off the ground will vary a lot depending on your trailer choice, but expect between 1.58m and 1.73m.
The interior floor measures 2.03m x 1.52m or about the same as a queen-sized mattress.  Headroom is about 1.12m.

How much does the CLC Teardrop Camper weigh?

About 110kg fully outfitted and accessorized.  

Is my car big enough to tow the Teardrop Camper?

If your car can be fitted with a trailer hitch, it is big enough to tow the CLC Teardrop Camper.  The two prototypes built in 2015 are towed by a Honda Fit and a VW Golf GTI.

Will I/we actually fit inside the CLC Teardrop Camper?

Do you fit on a queen-sized mattress?  (  )Yes  (  )No

If "yes," then you fit. 

How's the headroom?

There's loads of headroom for people up to about 6'5".  Hanging out inside on a rainy day is a lot more comfortable than in the typical tent!

Please see Denman Marines CLC Teardrop Camper kit page for further information and pricing.


New website on the way


We have started work on transitioning to a new style of webpage and plan to have it up and running in the near future. While visually we intend to keep it as close as possible to our current design, the biggest change will be the addition of shopping cart functionality which we hope will improve everyone's experience when visiting our site.

Keep an eye on this space as we will provide updates as we progress.


Contact us

Please feel free to contact us at any time via our contact form to discuss your next boat or project.
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