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Traditional rowing boat on beach

St Ives punt

Traditional boats have been developed through years of experience of working men going to sea  and finding out what works and what does not. The designs are relatively simple, with no room for frills, but are effective, strong and possess a simple beauty.

We plan to develop this boat, including a sailing version as part of our Wildway Range.

Fibreglass and wooden dinghies on beach

Origins

The original boat (left in picture) is from Cornwall, built to a St Ives punt design between 70-100 years ago. She can be propelled by oar, sail or sculled using an oar through the cut in the transom. This boat is seaworthy and built strongly to take West Coast seas and shingle beaches. We love this simple, beautiful design and have strived to ensure all of these characteristics are retained in her new sisters

Development

After acquiring this boat at the end of 2021 she was stripped back to bare wood to examine. She has been off the water for 40 years but had been well looked covered and her strong teak planks were in good order. Mark took a mould after painstaking making good the bumps and scrapes that she has collected from evidently hitting every rock on the West coast! The number of further moulds were made to refine to the current smooth finish. The final version has now been finished in high quality European oak to enhance her traditional look.

Fibreglass dinghy being built
Back of dinghy showing wooden details

Quality

This boat has been remade a number of times to keep refining the hull to give a perfect balance of authenticity and finish. All parts have been created from scratch within our workshop. Only top quality materials are used including Lloyds marine grade fibreglass and Oak from sustainable managed woodlands.

On the water

As you would expect the St Ives punt performs very well on the water. Designed originally to cope with harsh conditions in the West Country, she is stable, has plenty of buoyancy and freeboard and rows beautifully.

With 2 rowing positions and bags of carrying ability this boat is very flexible and can easily take a family out for a day on the water.

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