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12 Day Rd
Rockingham, WA, 6168
Australia

0423 284502

With over 20 years experience in wooden boat building and repair Tony O'Connor is pleased to discuss any aspect of Wooden boat construction mast and spar construction and repair as well as outfitting boats of all construction methods with boat owners in Perth Western Australia.

Tony is  also available to cut CNC parts to order for customers.

Tony is also delighted to be the Australian builder for Francois Viviers gaff yawl Jewell design and is the authorised  supplier of cnc kits for Jewell ,and will be happy to supply complete or partial  kits for other Vivier designs to  costumers requirements

 

Drake Rowboat Series

Drake Rowboat Series
 DRAKE 17 | DRAKE 19 | DRAKE RACEBOAT

The Drake 17 is a very, very special boat for me because it was my first design/build project and the boat that really began my career. Over many winter nights, I had dreamed and dreamed of a boat that would take me far out into Casco Bay, among the outer islands and rocky edges of the Gulf of Maine; a boat that was so efficient under oars that I could row all day; a boat so pretty that I wouldn't be able to stop looking at it when I came home. Originally drawn by hand, the Drake Rowboat was also one of my first kit offerings. Many have been built all over the world -- east and west coast of the US, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. Most of those builders also wanted an "uncommonly good" rowboat, a fast boat but also a boat that would take care of them in open water. Drake was certainly inspired by a number of boats by reputable designers. But I wanted to go leaner and faster than the other traditional fixed-seat rowboat plans showed and I had already learned that a great rowboat must also be lightweight. Drake features a reasonably long, narrow waterline to give her slip and glide through the water, but not so narrow as to feel "tippy". On the contrary, the Drake is quite stable which really provides a great deal of comfort out in open water. You can move around inside without worry and with kids aboard, no problem. My family and I frequently rowed out to islands to explore. I went for long, solo rows into open water, for an entire 20-mile day covering the more open waters of Casco Bay and stopping by favorite islands for a break. I raced the boat and did quite well, winning first and second place medals in the Essex River Races.  

From the moment I finished the Drake 17, a 19footer was already taking shape in my mind. It was simply a matter of waiting for a customer, a builder and a block of time. It all came together in early 2014, the Drake 19 project began... 

 

DRAKE 17
SPECIFICATIONS
LOA   19' 2"
LWL   17' 3"
Beam   50-1/2"
Draft    7"
Depth amidships   16"  
Hull weight 145 lbs
Downwind sail area 60 SF
 

 

 

 

DRAKE 19
SPECIFICATIONS
LOA   19' 2"
LWL   17' 3"
Beam   50-1/2"
Draft    7"
Depth amidships   16"  
Hull weight 145 lbs
Downwind sail area 60 SF
 

 

 

 

DRAKE RACEBOAT
SPECIFICATIONS
LOA   18' 3"
LWL   17'
Beam   48-1/2"
Depth    14"
Displacement 306 lbs  
Hull weight 75 lbs
Cp 0.58