Ellipsis 4.5
Boat Owner
Ellipsis Boats
Scott Blee

Ellipsis Boats was founded in 2017 by two Hobart based designer/builders with a clear intent; to create functional, minimal & stylish lifestyle products for pure enjoyment on the water.

Our first model was the Ellipsis 4.5; a 4.5 meter (14.75 ft) recreational rowing skiff. It’s a minimal design, with a plumb bow to pierce waves, a high freeboard to stay dry and feel secure, and a faceted surface form that gives the hull great strength and stability.

It’s very innovative and goes and looks like no other sliding seat rowing skiff around.

The first Ellipsis 4.5 design prototype was built in 2017 out of 10mm corecell fibreglass, by the founders of Ellipsis Boats, Thierry Cueff and Scott Blee, and was used as a full size test boat to perfect the detail and performance of developing a high-end carbon fibre production model for world wide sale, using a Kickstarter campaign to promote and seek funding.

The designer Scott Blee (founder, owner and designer of SABDES Yacht Design), was later approached by Hobart Shipwright Gordon Stewart to build and develop the first ever marine plywood kit version.

Ellipsis Boats decided to take on the challenge to then offer both a production version and kit version, keeping the end build result looking 99% as close as possible.

The end result and World Premiere is presented here at the WBF Hobart 2019!

The plywood version presented here was itself a simple build procedure, due to its flat hull panels, and faceted hull form, and absence of unnecessary detail. The beauty of the marine plywood enhancing the overall aesthetic, and bringing even more purity out of the design.

LOD feet
Hull Timber
Okoume marine ply
Type of Boat
Rowing skiff