TODAY WE HAVE A GREAT STORY from Fellow Woody Boater Olegs Gladcenko in Riga, Latvia in eastern Europe. Olegs shares his passion for wooden boats, history, boat design, and construction of his own creation. – Texx
Hello, Woody Boater community. I went to your site to look at beautiful boats and be inspired by the works of people I don’t know, but who are close to me in spirit. And at some point, I decided to write to you and share my story. More precisely, the results of the construction of my wooden boat.
I built the boat with beautiful old school lines to be a pleasure to look at and ride. I rummaged through the entire Internet in search of ready-made free drawings of the boats of the 1920s and 30s that I loved so much. And what I found for myself. This is a 1941 boat called the Dragonfly, designed and built by engineer William Jack.
This is a 3m seaplane with an oval nose and vintage lines at the back, it has two floats, apparently for easier access to the glider, but taking the general concept of the boat, I redid the back, removing these floats and making a solid bottom, as the boat will not have an outboard motor, and my paramotor with an air propeller and therefore had to be redone .
The result was a beautiful Streamlined boat in its modification – the front motor and the pulling propeller – turned out to be as close as possible in design and spirit to what I was trying to express in this product. The enclosed cockpit and propeller surface perfectly complement the sleek lines of a late 1930s hydroplane.
The driving experience is simply delightful. And the appearance does not allow you to look away. I was inspired by the hydroplane raced in the Pavia Venezia race in Italy in the 1930s, and the flying boats raced in the Schneider Trophy. In particular, the Macchi M.33 aircraft. The golden era of air and water racing. Great streamlined design.
This is exactly the kind of thing I wanted to do, not really copying anyone, just based on the location of the engine above the pilot and the general dieselpunk atmosphere.
What I ended up with is a wonderful little boat, balanced in composition, which gives an amazing feeling of uniqueness from owning it. I am very pleased to share my joy with people. As a designer and artist, I can say that the boat is finished and does not need any modifications or improvements.
This body was originally planned to be made with a motor at the rear and with a beautiful aluminum plumage and a motor at the front and a closed cabin. Having driven both options and evaluating their appearance, I can say that the crazier the better, and aesthetically and romantically, the front-engine layout wins 100 percent, but is slightly inferior in inconvenience.
A slight inconvenience is associated only with a strong stream of wind in the face, it is weakly deflected by a small windshield. However, I think that this is more a plus than a minus because this fact almost physically takes you back to those distant times when the pilots of boats and airplanes sat in half-open cockpits, open to all winds.
All in all, a great boat. Please enjoy the photos of the latest modification and watch the video of the trip. – Olegs Gladcenko in Riga, Latvia.
HERE IS THE VIDEO, SORRY FOR THE DELAY
Special thanks to Olegs for sharing his story with us here today. – Texx