Photo of the first Flint, launched about five years ago
Here is the text of Ken's email: -
I notice you have other completed Flint builds on your website and thought it appropriate to send you a shot of mine. It took a bit longer than hoped to complete, but that's only because I didn't really do anything during winter and only got back into finishing it in October/November. As it is, it's not quite complete - I am in the process of painting it - I'll follow up with another shot when its all done.
First time out (and each time since) I have had the whole family on board (~200kg) and used a 2hp Honda to push it along - can't really saw how fast I went but it seemed to be quite reasonable. I look forward to taking it out on my own. Final weight is estimated to be about 60kg, but you can see I have added to the gunwales.
I am also thinking about setting up the sailing rig and have built (not yet glued up) a mast using the birds mouth technique. The staves are roughly 20mm x 10mm so the finished mast should be around 50mm in diameter. The timber for the mast came from a 1.2m length of oregon verandah post ripped into 28 strips which were then scarfed to produce 8 x 3.5m staves. Not sure how this will turn out - but it was pretty simple to make. I will be using a timber plug in each end (protruding at the tip to take loops for the forestay and shrouds). Does it need any other internal plugs for hardware? I don't think so but I am working it out as I go along.
Ken's New Flint, showing her nicely made inwales. Boat yet to be painted