Firefly: Ken Bassett Sliding Seat Wherry
Oar & Paddle / Posted 3 weeks ago / 671 views
As recently featured in the Worldwide Classic Boat Show, Ken Bassett’s Firefly is a recreational pulling boat with the performance to thrill sliding-seat rowers and kindly enough manners and adequate freeboard to keep them dry when the sea-state becomes lively. Equally important, she is a delight to look at.
The Firefly is constructed from 6mm okoume glued to African Mahogany-capped Sitka Spruce chine logs, keelson, and gunwales and laminated frames of spruce. A book-matched cherry breasthook and knees bookend the gently-curving sheer and bring a sense of permanence to the boat’s ephemeral lines. For its elegance and efficiency, I chose to use Puuvenepiste’s Poseidon seat system and for the outriggers, I modified Colin Angus’ design to fit the Firefly.
The boat sits delicately on the water, barely disturbing the surface tension and leaving a perfect reflection of her sweet constitution. Feeling more water-strider than 85 pound boat, she is slippery and seemingly hydrophobic. A few strokes on the nine foot oars propel her to hull speed with the slightest gurgling at her stem and a small rise at her stern.
Constructed in 2018, the boat has been lightly used on freshwater lakes in the mountains of Utah over the past two summers. She will receive a new coat of varnish and paint prior to delivery, making her essentially new. Nine foot Concept 2 Bantam sculls included.
- LWL: 18′
- Beam: 2’10”
- Draft: 4″
- Weight: 85 pounds