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I want to build a day sailor dinghy.
It must: be quick and easy to build, stable (I'm too old for hanging over the side), short (I have some spare 8x4shuttering ply) but able to take two large old folk on occasion, light enough to trail behing a 8hp sidevalve Morris, take an outboard and be propellable by oars or paddle, and preferably have a chinese style sailplan.
Can anybody suggest suitable plans for the complete boat, or hull only.
You might like trying to track down a San Francisco Pelican, which should be practicable if you have or can develop practice at "scarphing" your plywood sheets to achieve greater lengths. If you find that Tim's suggestions are'nt quite what you need, you could always try to find a used (ready-built) Mirror 10ft 10in. dinghy - over this side of the pond they can be bought for VERY little money!.
Tim is spot-on in his comments about resins. I always use non-solvent epoxy resins (with a heat gun to aid penetration into the fibres of the wood). No solvent means that when it has disappeared, it has sealed the wood and not evaporated!
Take a look at Uncle Johns boat kits in sulfer La. He has plans and a kit that require you to by the plywood.
I built one at 13.5 feet out of maranti plywood and maple frame.
Take the time estimates for any boat kit and multiply by at least
A warm well ventilated outbuilding is mandatory as resin does not setup at less than 70 degrees and it will ruin your lungs.
Send me an email and I will send a picture and link to the kit dealer.
The kit is just a few of the hard to cut parts and instructions.
You will need rotary saw, drill, reciprocating saw, belt sander, Tons of plastic, brushes, and rollers to apply the resin and spar urethane uv protectant.
We must be crazy.
A couple of ways one could go… At www.campionboats.co.uk the 11’ “Iota” looks good. Click the link ‘Sail-Chapelle’ to find her. The designer builder sells the ‘glass’ hull that one can finish. This is a husky, buoyant little vessel with good initial stability. The other suggestion is the plywood 9’6” Joel White “Nutshell” pram. Again, a husky small vessel capable of speed under sail and oars with even better initial stability. Plans can be purchased from WoodenBoat Magazine. As to the Chinese Sail Rig, not sure of any that have been designed to go with very small boats...
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