Baby Tender II Builds

Eric Schoonover

Wakefield, Rhode Island

I built a Baby Tender II cradle from your plans for my grandson, which developed into one of the most satisfying boatbuilding projects that I have undertaken. Your instructions and clear drawings were superb.

The boat has drawn great praise from all. The colors, a combination of blues and white (on my daughter’s insistence that it be painted rather than be made bright) come from a style favored by watermen in Norfolk, England, where I had been recently hiking. ( A year later, after I had built the cradle, I took along some pictures and they were simply amazed — had never heard of anyone building a cradle in the shape of a boat!