We are at the Festival. We have a booth next to the presentation stand out on the point. The PT Skiff is in the water at the dock. We hope some of you can make it over the weekend!  We will be accepting orders for both kits for shipping in October. The PT Eleven will be having a few file adjustments and these need to be reflected in the manual.

I will post a couple of sailing pictures with the new rig up. We just got one chance to try it out yesterday. Worked great! ptwatercraft.comptwatercraft.comAlso there is all new info on the website. Still some blank spots but it will be filling in soon. Cheers to all..

As Promised:

These measurements were taken with the nested package laying on a flat table.

Seat tongue extends 2” past the 70” package length at the height shown.
Maximum package = 6ft x 4ft 2”  (with bumper)  20” height at bow/stern,  17” height at bulkheads.
It fits neatly with gate closed into the 6ft bed of our Toyota truck. It also fits into the back of a Toyota 4Runner.Ptwatercraft.comptwatercraft.comptwatercraft.comptwatercraft.com

Monday August 15th, we put the new PT Eleven in the water for the first time. The launch committee included the major contributors to the development of the boat. ptwatercraft.comEveryone took a turn rowing the boat. Here are a few of the pictures from the day.. ptwatercraft.comptwatercraft.comptwatercraft.comptwatercraft.comSince we have been working on safe loading calculations that have come out to the odd number of 3.9 people or 518.78 LBS, we got 4 of these guys to get into the dinghy and take a row. Each of them admitted to weighing 180LBS and possibly more so we casually demonstrate here where the boat sits with at least 720LBS and rowing at a fair clip.  This demonstration was not about safety but simply to see how much free-board would be left. We could have tried to load the boat to near submersion but that will be a test for another day.ptwatercraft.comEveryone present was thrilled with the boat, “a delightful boat to row..”  and impressed with the ease with which it assembled and disassembled.
As a footnote to the day...We brought the boat back to our shop where Russell pulled it out of the back of our Toyota truck and rinsed off the 2 halves. We had friends visiting from Canada and while Russell was deep in conversation with them, I jumped into the truck to run an urgent errand. I had seen the boat in the shop. In fact, I had seen the aft half on its stand, and felt confident to back the truck out. Confident, that is until I heard a loud 'pop!'.  My heart stopped and thankfully I had the presence of mind to stop the truck. Completely out of my field of vision, near the front right wheel, the forward half of the boat had been on the ground. I had rolled onto the corner of it with the front wheel of the truck. Distraught, I ran into the shop for Russell. We freed the boat and Russell studied the damage. He tells me today that it is pretty amazing that it was not worse. A little epoxy and a touch up on the paint completed the repair but he could see by the tire track that a great deal of weight had been applied to the hull and that it had withstood it. The loud ‘pop’, was the sound of the corner of the gunwhale giving way.

I share this embarrassing tale because...well...because this kind of thing happens sometimes and while I still feel pretty bad about not making sure the entire boat was inside the shop,  I count our good fortune that it was not worse.  We came very close to not having a boat for the upcoming festival!

I recently sent someone to this page to see pictures of the last prototype nested. After a search, I found out that I never posted them! oops... I will post them here but I do admit they are not the best pictures by far. (that might be why I neglected to post them...) New ones with the new boat will be posted soon.  Also, thanks to Carl Cramer for including the PT Eleven on his blog..www.woodenboat.com/boat and for Howard's and others' comments on the wooden boat forum. Cheers, PTW

in the back of our Toyota truck
PT Eleven, trial nested on the bow of a Hallberg-Rassy 42
In the back of a toyota 4Runner

Russell and I want to let everyone know that we are much closer to having the PT Eleven nesting dinghy done.
The final prototype is very close to completion. All the hardware (some recently posted on the blog) and most parts of the kit have been developed for production.
Writing the manual is progressing daily and formatting it is not far behind.
We will be able to cut kits for the PT Eleven after we finish this boat and the manual.
We are aware that it has been a long wait for some of you and you may have moved on to other ideas.  We have had some pretty impressive charachters view this boat and their critiques have been extremely positive. The PT Eleven is a very highly developed kit boat and will be complete before putting it on the market.
Pricing update: We still think we can sell this kit for $1,500.00 including the glass kit.
Options including rig and foils kits, water tight hatch kit and other small parts will be priced when fully developed. (Some of these have been posted on the blog)
We are working on a very well developed sailing rig.
The foils (daggerboard & kick-up rudder) are CNC cut from Okoume plywood and finished by the builder.
The mast is a 2 piece tapered carbon tube that fits into a sleeve in the hull. The boom is a tapered carbon tube as well.
The sail is a smaller version of the one in the videos, about 60 square feet. The design is complete and beng made locally. Prices for these will be announced.
We apologize to those who have been waiting for awhile. This has been a far more involved process than we expected, but we believe that the extra time spent has been time well spent.
This show model of the PT ELeven, as well as the PT SKiff will be at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival on the weekend of September 9-11. Port Townsend Watercraft will have a booth with Gougeon/West System Epoxy.
Feedback and questions are welcome. If those of you who plan to buy a PT Eleven kit this year would like to reply and let us know, it would help us a lot in our scheduling.
Best regards to all,
Ashlyn & Russell Brown