A plywood Black Pearl
Through the years creative builders have from time to time used my plans more as inspiration than as a fixed set of instructions. There has been a number of BlackPearls and a couple of Hunters and at least one Isfjord converted to SOF, where the plans have provided a set of tried and tested measurements. One Black pearl is supposed to have been converted to plywood, but I do not know how far that project have come - I have not heard anything for some time.
Black Pearl, with flat panels and hard chines, is fairly easy to convert to plywood. Hull and bottom panels and the aft deck are flat and can be cut directly from a sheet of plywood. The front deck is flat to station 3 and then a mild conical shape. The only difficulty is the transition from cone to flat at the cockpit - but I do not see any real problems. I think that can be quite easily solved in situ. I have planned to ship plywood plans as well, but to do that I need to build the transition area so I know what I am talking about - and I have not had the time yet.
Petrus Johansson have had a Black Pearl plan in the shop for a couple of years - also waiting for time to spare between building-on-order and the rental kayak business - and have now started building his own Black pearl: in plywood. As usual the project can be followed on Petrus Kajak site (Swedish only but lots of pics).
Well, sometimes it is good not to hurry the projects. Now I am sure Petrus finds a creative, nice and simple way to fix the transistion area - and I can ship plans for a plywood version ;-)
He is also building a wooden 2.4 (former mini-twelve 2.4 - and as always the workbenches-for-rent are in continuous demand.