Newsletter 7 - July 2017


Denman Marine Newsletter - July 2017

Hi, and welcome to the latest Denman Marine newsletter. You can subscribe to our future newsletters here.

In this month's newsletter we have;

  • An update on the 32' Motor Cruiser we are building for a Sydney client
  • The launch and introductory special of Chesapeake Light Craft's fantastic new kit - the Tenderly 10
  • A spotlight on Chesapeake Light Craft's Eastport Pram,
  • A few photos from customers that have sent progress of their projects
  • The first video in a series of Waterlust building a Teardrop Camper 
  • Finally, an overview of the Barton Boomstrut.

If there is anything you would like to see in our future newsletters, discuss, query or order, please contact us via the contact form on our Denman Marine website.

East Coast 32 update

The East Coast 32 is a new design from the drawing board of Andy Dovell, and was designed for a long term boat owner to use on Sydney Harbour and surrounds.

The boat will be powered by a 150hp Steyr turbo diesel and will cruise comfortably at around 14kts with a top speed of 20kts.

Work is continuing on the interior with the forward cabin nearing completion and the trunk cabin construction well underway.  

East Coast 32 under construction


Eastport Pram

Eastport Pram

The Eastport Pram, with more than 800 built, is one of the most popular small dinghies in the world.  Classic good looks, stand-out performance, and ease of construction are hallmarks of this John C. Harris design.

The Eastport Pram’s many joys are multiplied when you add the sailing rig. Not a clumsy add-on, the large standing-lug sail and efficient rudder and daggerboard convert the pram into a proper sailboat with enough real performance, upwind and down, to keep the most seasoned sailors interested. The 48-inch beam means that the likelihood of capsize is remote as long as the sheet is never tied down. This is the perfect craft in which to learn to sail, whether the crew is age 8 or 80.

For all its virtues, perhaps the neatest thing about the Eastport Pram is the ease of construction using CLC's patented LapStitch process. Not only does the hull go together in a single weekend, but everyone agrees that the lapstrake Eastport Pram is one of the most attractive dinghies they've ever seen. It will take the patient novice only 40-50 hours to assemble the hull, with a little more part time work for finishing. It is one of our easiest kits and perfect for families.

The Eastport Pram is also available in a 'nesting' version aptly named theEastport Nesting Pram. The 'nested' dinghy is a very manageable 4'9" x 4'0" rectangle and can be stowed on the decks of cruising yachts down to pocket-cruiser size. At a casual pace, the Eastport Nesting Pram takes one minute and 20 seconds to assemble or disassemble.

For further information about the Eastport Pram, see the Denman Marine website, or contact us if you would like to place an order.

Lug Rigged Eastport Pram


Waterlust Teardrop Camper build video

Waterlust Teardrop Camper build video

For those considering their own build of a Teardrop Camper, Waterlust have begun a multi-part YouTube series on constructing the Teardrop Camper from kit, through to completion. You can watch part one above, or here.

"We love shooting videos on the road and over the years have experimented with different ways to do it. We're stoked to be starting a new build project with Chesapeake Light Craft: Wooden Boat & Camper Kits as we attempt to build their Teardrop Camper. As usual....we have no idea what we're doing, but that's what makes it fun!" -Waterlust

On a similar note, Chesapeake Light Craft have just successfully completed their first two week Teardrop Camper class in which they produced five teardrop campers to near completion. The entire endeavor was broadcast live via their shop-cam, with progress videos being updated on their Facebook which can be viewed here.

You can view our Teardrop Camper page for further information about the kit.




Tenderly 10' now available

The Tenderly 10' kit, as well as its plans and manual package, are now available for purchase in Australia and New Zealand from Denman Marine.

The Plans and Manual package is $235, and consists of a detailed 252 page build manual, along side full sized patterns for every piece of the boat that can be traced onto sheets of plywood and cut. The parts-count is higher than some of our designs, so scratch-builders should be comfortable reading plans and have access to a full suite of woodworking machinery.

We are happy to offer an introductory special of $2,750 (normally $2,850) for the Tenderly base kit, that includes everything you will need to get a rowing version in the water*. This offer ends on the 31st of July 2017 so be sure to contact us soon to take advantage of this opportunity.

There are also several optional extras available for Tenderly such as a balanced lug rig component kit for those looking to outfit Tenderly as a sailing dinghy, or a floorboard kit.

*Please see our Tenderly page for further details and here for additional information regarding what is included in our kits. Please contact usif you would like to place an order or have any questions.

Tenderly under tow


Customer build update 

Below we have some pictures from our customers that are at varying stages of constructing a Teardrop Camper kit.

Diana and her Teardrop Camper in progress

Diana's Teardrop with the first layer of fiberglass

Paul's Teardrop Camper under construction

Latest photo of Paul's Teardrop Camper


Barton Boomstrut

Barton Marine Boomstrut

The Barton Boomstrut is a great boom management solution for boats that either don't have a topping lift or using the topping lift requires going forward to the mast.  A pair of flexible composite rods bend under the downward pull of the vang/kicker and straighten to support the boom when the vang is eased. 

  • Six sizes to suit yachts from dinghies up to 12m/40ft LOA
  • Patented flexing spring provides fast response and a constant force for vang efficiency
  • Maintenance-free, durable design
  • Eliminates friction and sliding parts.
  • Improved performance
  • Less weight and windage
  • Easy installation
  • Simple-to-follow instructions
  • Mast fitting can use existing luff groove
  • Contoured boom fitting
  • Carefully designed & constructed
  • All parts are from high-grade stainless steel and Spectro grey anodized aluminium for good looks and durability.

For further information about theBarton Boomstrut or any other Barton equipment, see the Denman Marine website, or contact us if you would like to enquire about this innovative product.


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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Please note, all prices listed above are in Australian Dollars and include GST.

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