Linnet by Woods Designs

16ft seaworthy rowing boat

Length overall16'4.86 m
Beam4' 3"1.3 m
Weight108 lbs49 kg
Sail area38 sq. ft.3.50 m2
Engine power4hp max
Hull construction Stich-n-glue
Gallery 5 photos
See also Bee



Like the BEE, the LINNET is a seaworthy rowing boat that has been specifically designed for sea use. Accordingly it does not have outriggers or a sliding seat while a small daggerboard is fitted to help prevent being blown sideways by the wind. A good load carrier LINNET can be rowed by 1-3 people. They have been built all over the world and have made some long coastal trips with the crew camping on board at night. Prehaps the most ambitious trip was a cruise down the River Shannon (the longest river in the British Isles) by a BEE and LINNET with the crew sleeping on board at night.

We deliberately used a retrousse transom on BEE so that it would not be possible to use an outboard engine. However, the conventional transom on LINNET means that fitting a small outboard (4hp max) is feasible. This will give an easy 6 knot cruising speed, but see the owners comments page!


Photo gallery


Linnet on the beach
Linnet on the beach

Launch site
Launch site

Linnet sailing
Linnet sailing


See also

Design Length Beam Sail area Engine power Compare
Bee Bee by Woods Designs
16ft seaworthy rowing boat
4.86 m
4' 3"
1.3 m
38 sq. ft.
3.50 m2

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