I had several parameters in mind when I started searching the internet for a suitable design. I live by the sea, so I wanted a dinghy with a wide beam and a deep bow to ensure seaworthiness. I still have a set of fittings and sails from the Fireball that I built in 1972, so I wanted a boat of similar length – about 5 metres. I originally thought I would build a hard chine hull, but in my research, I discovered strip plank hull construction, and the rounded hull shapes that can be achieved using this method appealed to me. My internet search led me to Paul Fisher’s site, http://www.selway-
The line drawing to the left is taken from the Selway Fisher Design website (with the kind permission of Paul Fisher), and shows a Stornoway 16. This is what I hope my boat will finally look like.