LOA………12′ [3.66] m
Beam………4′-51/2” [1.36] m
Draft………6″ – 33″ [0.15 – 0.83]m
Sail………68 sq. ft. [6.32 sqm] Weight………~150 lbs [~68]kg
Engine………2 – 6 hp (not required)
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The Amanda can be built from our kit or from plans. The kit can be built very quickly and easily using our gear chine© method of hull construction. The Amanda features a cockpit with full length seat tanks, dagger board and mast collar for a simple lug rig. The seat tanks provide the buoyancy necessary for successful capsize recoveries, an essential feature of a small boat. This combined with our single line reefing system makes the Amanda ready for skippers of all skill levels.
In 2011, Wooden Boat asked B&B to participate in their annual family boat building event at the Wooden Boat show in Mystic, Connecticut. Needing a new design to bring to the event Graham set to work designing a boat that would not compromise safety or stability, nor ease of construction.
”We wanted a boat that would be a great family knockabout. She should have lots of stability so that a less than perfect skipper could have fun in her and feel safe. Good load carrying for a family. Be able to pull a trap over the side or to stand up and cast as well as having enough stability to carry a good size sail in a breeze. The stern should have enough buoyancy to carry a passenger while rowing or carry up to a 6 HP motor on the transom.” -Graham Byrnes
Alan is putting “Mandy” through her paces. He found her to be well balanced, close winded with a good turn of speed and a solid comfortable feeling. The green hull Sase-Amanda was built at Mystic in 2011 and was finished off after the show with twin electric outboards and solar panels. The PVC solar/awning frame and outboards can be removed in a couple of minutes and it reverts back to a rowing or sailing skiff. With a 4 hp outboard and 2 adults plus an 80 lb dog, our top speed was 6.8 knots. For a pure power version of the Amanda see the Jessy 12.
Plans Package: $68
If you plan to start from sheets of plywood this is what you need. The comprehensive plans set for the Amanda include details about all aspects of construction. Dimensioned parts and offsets are given for all developed plywood parts so that accurate hull panels can be lofted out and folded in to shape.
Basic Kit: $1,300 (includes plans)
Optional solid wood kit $500
Epoxy and fiberglass kit: ~$380
Aluminum Mast tube: $95
Standard Hardware/Lines Kit: ~$300
Shipping Crate: $140 (contact us for a shipping quote)
Everything we offer, “THE WORKS”: ~$2,940 (not including crate or shipping)
Note that the various kit prices are subject to change depending on availability and cost of materials.
Basic Kit: $1,300 Note: Price includes plans package.
The basic kit consists of all the plywood parts needed to complete the Amanda as well as the CNC machined rudder and dagger board. Also included are the fore and aft building cradles which fold flat when not in use.
This kit faithfully produces a perfectly developed Amanda hull. Our kits are manufactured to extremely tight tolerances. Instead of plain cut plywood panels, your kit will come with various joining methods which will make it much easier and much faster to assemble. The plywood for the hull panels and longitudinal bulkheads are joined using machined finger scarfs which produce a simple and effective plywood joint for scarfing the long side and bottom panels. Wire holes for stitching are pre-drilled for you. Bulkheads, both transverse and longitudinal, are tenoned into position. Stringer positions are “CNC-drawn” onto the side panels and bulkheads are cut to accommodate the stringers. For pictures of Amandas being assembled go to the ALBUM.
What else will I need?
Note: The solid wood is NOT included in this kit. Solid wood can be purchased in long lengths at your local hardware store and ripped to size. We prefer to use Pine of Fir but any medium density wood can be used. Solid wood is used for the boom and yard as well as the side stringers, gunwales, keel, dagger board trunk posts, and various square cleats throughout the boat. A table saw and a jig or circular saw are all you’ll need to produce these parts. Don’t have a table saw or a friend with one? see our complete solid wood kit option.
You’ll also need some basic consumables such as wire for “stitching” the hull together, mixing cups, gloves, mixing sticks, disposable paint brushes, foam rollers for coating with epoxy, sandpaper, vinegar or denatured alcohol for cleanup, etc. If your not familiar with epoxy or this building method give us a call and we’d be happy to talk you through it.Also, a small amount of stainless steel hardware is used during the build (for example, securing the breast-hook and gunwales in place while gluing). These can easily be picked up at your local hardware store.
Also once the boat is epoxy coated most builders choose to paint or at least varnish the boat to protect the epoxy coating which degrades in the sun in a matter of months. When you get to that stage, we’d be happy to offer advice.
Fore and aft building cradles are included with the basic kit. They are hinged with included door hinges so they can fold up out of the way when not in use. They support the boat solidly both upright and upside down during construction.
CNC cut Solid Wood Parts: $500
We highly encourage our builders to make these parts on their own but it does require the use of a table saw. Maybe this is a good time to add some tools to your shop or make friends with someone who has one. That being said, some builder just want everything! So we offer every single piece of wood you need to finish the kit. Long parts such as the gunwales and stringers are pre-scarfed with an 8:1 taper so that they fit inside the kit box and are ready to be scarfed together and used in the kit. The boom and yard are better left whole and so can be expensive to ship. Also if you mess up a part it can be expensive for us to ship you a replacement. If possible, we encourage builders to pick up their kit at our shop so save shipping costs.
These parts include:
-Boom and Yard blanks cut from Douglas Fir ready for tapering and rounding
-Dagger board trunk king posts and beams
-Cleat stock for longitudinal bulkheads and seat supports
Epoxy/Glass Package: $380
The Epoxy and glass package is based on historical use of materials and waste conscious building. Some builders choose to cover the entire bottom of the boat with fiberglass cloth which we can supply if desired.
-4.5 gallons of B&B brand 2:1 epoxy
-2 metered pumps
-Two 150 foot rolls of 3″ wide fiberglass tape.
-Two pounds of our “B&B blend” epoxy thickener (cabosil epoxy thickener with wood flour added to improve consistency and color.)
Mast Tube: $95
The first Amanda was built with a beautiful birdsmouth wood mast made of spruce. The plans show both masts in detail so feel free to build a wooden mast if you so choose (note: material for wooden mast is NOT included in the kit or the solid wood kit). Personally, we don’t mind the looks of a nice aluminum mast and value the low maintenance and light weight that it offers. The mast tube for the Amanda is a 12′ length of 6061-T6 aluminum 2.5″ OD x .065 wall thickness. Mast plugs for the top and bottom of the mast are provided in the basic kit.
Standard hardware/Rigging/Lines Kit: $360
B&B offers a complete hardware package for the Amanda that includes all of the sailing hardware you will need to get your boat sailing. There are many ways to rig a boat and even more opinions on how it should be done. We have come up with a simple rigging package that we know will get you on the water. (note: see below, fasterners are not included)
By all means, if you would like to customize your rigging go right ahead but we think you will find that the stock configuration is very well thought out. If you would like to make minor changes to your order just let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. Many sailors like to have an Anderson Bailer in the boat to help siphon water out after a capsize for example.
-All blocks, lines and cleats for standard rigging.
-Rudder hardware with tiller extension hardware.
-2″ Oarlock and side mounted oar sockets.
-One 6″ beckson screw in port for the forward bulkhead to stow the odd jacket cellphone or bag lunch.
NOTE: Stainless steel Nuts and Bolts and screws for installation of hardware (called out in the plans) are NOT INCLUDED. These are easily obtained at your local hardware store. Being a small operation, keeping track of each nut and bolt for each kit is simply too much for us to deal with.
Amanda’s balanced lug sail includes a single reef point, insignia, and sail number. Sorry we only offer the sail in white.
How long does it take to get my kit?
All kits are made to order. We require approximately a 4 week lead time before shipping depending on material in stock. The kit is packaged in a sturdy OSB plywood crate and epoxy and other materials accompany the crate in separate boxes. Shipping varies depending on your location of course. Anywhere from $150 to $300 depending on the options you choose. Don’t forget you can pick up your kit at our shop.
How do the kits arrive?
The kits are shipped by truck. Transit times are between 6-10 days depending on where you are located in continental USA. You will need to make arrangement to be able to receive a 4’x8′ crate that weighs approximately 250 lbs.