Rosina sails for the first time
On the Beach

I have spent much of my spare time over 15 months building a small sailing dinghy. It has been quite a journey, and I learned a lot along the way. I spent countless hours of head-scratching, creating sawdust and wood shavings, gluing, sanding, sanding, sanding, and painting. But the final coat of paint is on, the sails are rigged, and it is now a sailboat!

I've named the boat Rosina after my great-great-great-grandmother, Rosina Simon, who immigrated from Germany to the United States in 1846 at the age of 16. The following year she married Frank Simon in Western New York, and over her lifetime had 14 children and resettled in Michigan. She was a sturdy and well-traveled woman, which inspired me in naming the boat.

To see pictures of my project building a Tammie Norrie lapstrake sailboat, use the links below.
Tammie Norrie is the name given to the boat by the designer, Iain Oughtred, who lives in Scotland.

Pictures from launch day, Many friends came out to Lake Nokomis for the christening and maiden voyage - September 15, 2019 Launch Day Pictures    

See pictures from early in the project Tammie Norrie Pictures    

See pictures of the later stages of project Tammie Norrie Pictures    

See a sequence of pictures building the hull Tammie Norrie timelapse


I began making parts for the boat in December 2017, and took over the garage to begin building the hull in June 2018. It was finished on September 14, 2019. (But then, is a project ever truly finished?)

Information about the Tammie Norrie sailboat can be found at Off-Center Harbor Best Dinghy

Rosina on the trailer before launch View from the stern

Updated 30September2019 CHS