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Denman Marine Newsletter - June 2018

Hi, and welcome to the latest Denman Marine newsletter. 

In this month's newsletter we have;

  • Teardrop Camper
  • June Special - Free Galley Module with Teardrop Camper
  • Cocktail Class Racer Build Video
  • Customer Build Update
  • Barton Marine - Boomstrut and Dinghy 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.

Teardrop Camper

Teardrop Camper

Since launch, the Teardrop Camper kit has been received with overwhelming popularity and spans a wide range of enthusiasts, from boat builders to campers and adventurers.

Many potential first time builders look at the Teardrop Camper with hesitation, skeptical of their ability to to undertake the project. However you can be rest assured that many first time builders with little-to-no wood working or stitch and glue experience have constructed a Teardrop Camper with excellent results.

The kit comes with an extensively detailed and illustrated manual (over 400 pages with thousands of pictures) that will guide you through the entire build from scratch whether building from kit or plans.

It is recommended that first time builders work from a pre-cut kit, for the accuracy of the joinery this affords rather than plans. Builders working from plans might want to have built a stitch-and-glue boat first. See our Teardrop Camper page for a comprehensive look at what is involved in building a Teardrop Camper from kit, or plans.

Although the Teardrop Camper is okoume marine plywood and most builders will give their shells a clear finish on the outside, there really isn't much woodworking if you start with a kit. 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 glue, then sand and finish. There's quite a lot of epoxy and fiberglass work, all intended to make the camper light, strong, and waterproof. Assembly itself goes quickly, while much of the elapsed time will be consumed by sanding and finishing. See the Teardrop Camper build video below.

All Teardrop Camper base kits ordered during June will include a Free Galley Module (conditions apply, see our June Special). Please see our Teardrop Camper page or contact us if you would like to place an order.

Teardrop Camper build - 13 days in 13 minutes


Free Galley Module with every Teardrop Camper base kit

Back by popular demand, every Teardrop Camper base kit purchase during the month of June will receive a free Galley Module valued at $510 *. Contact us to place an order for your Teardrop Camper today and take advantage of this offer while it lasts.

*Offer valid from 01/06/18/ till 30/06/18. Does not apply to wood only kits, or plans and manual packages. Applicable to Teardrop Camper base kit purchases only.


Customer build update 

Laurie is just winding up his Journey from Tasmania to Western Australia and back again with his Teardrop Camper. Below there are some pictures and notes on his adventure.

"I have been very happy with the kit and would happily recommend it to anyone." - Laurie

"We have been travelling with the teardrop now for the last six weeks and it has now traveled the Nullabor both ways getting as far west as Lake Ballard, 180kms north of Kalgoorlie. It [The Teardrop Camper] has been absolutely great, very cosy and comfortable." -Laurie

We are always thrilled to see your project during any phase of construction, so please send us in your pictures so that we may publish them in future newsletters for everyone to enjoy.

Laurie's Teardrop Camper on their journey from Tasmania to Western Australia and back

Laurie's Teardrop Camper on their journey from Tasmania to Western Australia and back

Laurie's Teardrop Camper on their journey from Tasmania to Western Australia and back

Cocktail Class Racer Build - 100 hours in 10 minutes

The Cocktail Class Racer is a miniature speedboat that you can build yourself. Construction is aimed at first time builders and takes less than a hundred hours for a race-ready boat. Watch the video (right) to see 100 hours of construction in 10 minutes.

Chesapeake Light Craft's kit features precise CNC-cut slot-together parts for quick and accurate assembly of a hull that will "measure in" on race day. Add an outboard with its remote steering and throttle and you're racing. Are there cheaper ways to have a good time on the water? I'm sure, but step into a Cocktail Class Racer and you won't stop grinning for days.

For further information or to purchase a plans and manual package or kit, please see our Cocktail Class Racer page. Otherwise please contact us if you would like any further information.

Cocktail Class Racer build video

Cocktail Class Racer

Barton 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.


The Dinghy Boomstrut

The Dinghy Boomstrut is ideal for; Sailing Schools, Training Boats, Trailer Sailors, and Cruising day boats.

  • Maintenance free
  • Fits in minutes
  • No drilling required

With no extra parts or drilling required and is simply tied off at the mast to secure in place, negating the need for drilling. At the top of the rods, a fully adjustable webbing cradle supports the boom and as the cradle is not directly attached to the boom, it does not restrict the boom from rolling around its central axis to follow the sail when reefing.

For further information about the Barton Boomstrut, Dinghy Boomstrut or any other Barton equipment, see the Denman Marine website, or contact us if you would like any further information or to purchase.

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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