22½’ Half Rater – Colin Hurner

Colin built a 22 ½ foot Half Rater based on a design by William Fife.  The original boat was launched in 1895.  Only two boats, ‘Miru’ and ‘Ruru’, are known to have been built to the design.

Because there were few drawings available and no plans (that Colin could track down) Colin produced a half-model in order to produce the offsets prior to lofting.

The boat is carvel planked in Alaskan yellow cedar with an iroko backbone and frames laminated in sapele.

Colin and Tobias’ blog about the build makes interesting reading, as does this article on Half Raters which mentions ‘Miru’ and ‘Ruru’.

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