Le Coeur Heureux – The Happy Heart
This is a cradle I made for my new granddaughter that is modeled on a lapstrake hull dinghy. It is about 48″ long and 20″ wide. It has planking of Honduras Mahogany, trim in Balck Walnut and copper riveted throughout. I named it Le Coeur Heureux – The Happy Heart because I can think no better wish for my granddaughter than to have a happy heart.
Another personal note is that the dining table the cradle rests upon is the one I finished just in time for my daughter’s Christening party. Now her daughter’s cradle is displayed on it.
The table was featured in FWW Design Book Two, 1979, Page 122 (B)
Lap strake boat cradle with the tools I used most frequently on the project
The stem view of the boat cradle
Side view of the cradle.
Copper riveting for the frames and hull planks
A happy launch for Le Coeur Heureux! I am the handsome one on the right. My great friend and helper Buddy Eleazer is on the left.