Whiticar Boat Works. And My New Boat



(Photos courtesy Cannell, Payne & Page)

She’s a 24′ Whiticar, built in 1964.  Just a fabulous boat.

Who/what is Whiticar, you may ask?

It’s a wonderful boatyard located on Willoughby Creek in Stuart, Florida.  The company’s correct name is Whiticar Boat Works; www.whiticar.com.  Back in the days when our trade show (IBEX) took place in Fort Lauderdale in February every year, I’d typically travel with a colleague and we’d spend the week between IBEX and the Miami Boat Show visiting boat yards in south Florida.  Whiticar was always a must-visit.

Whiticar has built more than 70 wooden boats, primarily sportfish boats.  AVELLAR, though, seems more of a bass boat-type design.  Here’s one of their designs (by Curt Whiticar) in 1922:

Whiticar BW 1922 Flat Bottom Skiff(Rendering courtesy Whiticar Boat Works)

Here’s an album of some of their custom designs:  http://www.whiticar.com/gallery.html?gallery=Whiticar+Custom+Boats 

(Sadly, AVELLAR — my new boat — doesn’t appear there.)

Whiticar has been very actively involved as a full-service yard since 1947.  I know I’ll be pulling off the ICW at Marker 13A if ever I take AVELLAR down to Florida.

(I have no idea what AVELLAR means.  Does anyone out there in the reading public?)

Whiticar Gannett(Photo courtesy Whiticar Boat Works)

Are there any other Whiticar owners out there?

Thanks to Jim Payne at Cannell, Payne & Page for making this happen.

Please comment below.  Thanks, Carl


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Ross Lillistone’s PHOENIX III

I truly like the designs from Ross Lillistone.  PHOENIX III is one such.



(Renderings, photo courtesy baysidewoodenboats.com.au)

She’s a a 15 ft 1-1/2 in x 4 ft 9 in x 6 in beachcruiser which carries 104 sq. ft. of sail in an un-stayed sprit-sloop rig.

Some of her features:

* Designed to be sailed, rowed, or powered by a small outboard
* Lightweight glued-lapstrake construction (clinker plywood)
* Built-in buoyancy tanks
* Pivoting centerboard and rudder
* Rig stows within length of boat for trailering.

Alternate rig:

Phoenix III

If you’re at all familiar with Ross’ study plans, building plans, and instruction manuals, you will know how complete they are.  Just bring the wood and get building.

Phoenix III Design

Free study plans for PHOENIX III are available on his website:  www.baysidewoodenboat.com.au.  And full plans are Aus$155.00 or US$155 (from Duckworks).

I’d love to hear from those of you who have built some of Ross’ boats.  I’m currently lusting for FLEET.

Thanks so much, Carl

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