Fig. #1 - Ray Harper’s CORONADO begins to take shape in his barn in Washington.

Fig. #2 - With his CORONADO hull completed, Ray slid it outdoors for righting. At this point most hulls are lighter than most think, if perhaps a bit bulky.

Fig. #3 - A backhoe together with some old tires on the ground to cushion the roll made quick work of turning the CORONADO hull over.

Fig. #4 - Righted hull is set onto a receiving cradle which could also have been the boat’s actual trailer.

Fig. #5 - Back in the barn and ready for the balance of construction. Note the husky yet lightweight framing structure. Our FULL SIZE PATTERNS provide all the contours of these backbone members so making them is quick and accurate.

Fig. #6 - For a first-time effort, Ray’s pride is easy to understand.

Larry Hunter in Washington modified his CORONADO to have a traditional Northwest workboat cabin which better suited his sportfishing and cruising needs. Getting a boat exactly the way you want is one of the main reasons for building your own boat.

(Photos at right & next 3 boxes below)  Leigh Vinnell sent these photos of the CORONADO he has modified and built from aluminum in Australia.  He added many touches to meet his cruising and diving needs.  Leigh  states that he's looking forward soon to "... really enjoying what seems to me and my boating friends to be a beautiful design."

The launch of Mr. Vinell's Coronado -

03/02:  "We unofficially launched her last Sunday and to say that I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement.  Admittedly we have not tested it in rough conditions but the slight "slop" that we were in was not even noticeable.  My biggest surprise was the speed!  I have this vessel powered by a 225 HP fuel injected Yamaha....At 3400 revs we were pulling 27 knots, (confirmed by 3 different instruments) on board with 100 litres of water and 120 litres of fuel.   Thanks Ken, she's a beauty".