Norwegian Sailing Pram
Origins: Prams are of Norse origin going back over a thousand years. Simon's hope is that their dependability and lapstrake plank design will help keep the timeless boat preserved for modern builders.
Measured: Simon Watts, 1989, lofted and drawn by Bill Nielsen, 1991.
Length: 11 ft., 9 ins. Beam 3ft. 6 ins.
Sail Area: 65 square feet
Time to Build: 2-3 weeks with part time help
Weight: 120-130 pounds
Materials: Douglas fir planking, knees and trim, spruce spars. It can equally well be built in solid wood or 1/4 inch marine plywood
Cost of materials: $500-$750.
The Norwegian Pram is an ideal project when building a boat with young people. It is small, only 11-1/2 feet and easily handled by children under oar or sail. I've added a section in the building manual advising on tools, height of benches, safe use of machines and much more. All included when you purchase plans for the pram.