20′ Viking Long Boat




After a recent trip to Iceland and without an immediate idea for my next boat, I came up with the concept of BRIMDYR.

I found a lines drawing for this boat during a Google images search. It had no dimensions and could have been for a 60’ boat or a 12’ boat. I chose to scale it to 20’ and it yielded a 48” beam, just about what I wanted. By modifying the section view, I was able to add substantially more upward sweep in the bow and stern than the original plan. I build a scale model, altered some dimensions and proceeded to build the boat.

It is constructed using the glued lapstrake technique with each plank overlapping the previous plank by 1” and the seams are epoxied together. There are no fasteners holding the planks, stems or keelson construction together. The planks are 3/8” thick okuome marine plywood, the stems, keel, gunwales and serpent’s head and tail are made of sepele and the seats are yellow pine.

Then the project grew. After getting various friends’ advice, scanning more images and researching Viking lore, I choose to do the shields, oars and sail. A lot of Norse lore is truly based on speculation since there are so few artifacts remaining but general consensus supports the very traditional designs I used for the shields and sail.

Notice that the serpent, very unlike tradition, can spit actual flame from his mouth and if you look carefully, I am sure you can find the propane tank!

Sometimes my Viking warriors get tired of rowing across the seas and I had to incorporate a more modern means of propulsion which was certainly unavailable to the Vikings in the 9th century,  an 85lb thrust electric motor hidden beneath the boat.

Length: 20′    Beam 48″       Weight (no batteries, no propane):  about 225 lbs.







Posted April 20, 2017 by Kingston Wooden Boats