After my recent post about Scruffie Marine, Derek Ellard was kind enough to reply, expanding on the information and correcting a couple of items. I wanted to bring this out so that nobody missed it.


Thank you for your compliments, we were pioneers of many aspects of kit building when we started some 18 years ago and we’re still refining and fine tuning the boats.

As to CNC routing, we looked at that some years ago and decided against it for a number of reasons – no plans as such exist – all kits are worked out from full scale drawings and jigs and templates built to suit. This allows us to incorporate all the subtle details that make for a good ship. For instance it took me a year to design and get the Secret 20 into production.

For your interest we are now in seven different countries and we’re just nudging 300 boats. As a designer I’ve done boats as large as a 58 foot riverboat style house boat and a 65 foot schooner and at present we’re pouring our resources into an innovative tourism/corporate/eco-tour project based on 3 new models.

By the way, we do provide adhesive and filler powders along with epoxy resins, mixing cups, gloves, screws, all chandlery , rigging and sails with many more assorted items making up our complete kits. Paint and coatings are the only things not supplied – everything to actually build the boat is included.

We don’t actively discriminate against Firefox web browsers, it’s just that we need a new web site – the current one was constructed ten years ago and needs a thorough upgrade – we’re always so busy it’s difficult to find the time.

Thanks for your interest and let me know if you’d like any more info on our boats. Meanwhile there are a number of our boats in the USA and our UK agent has a good site at