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Plans, 2m Dinge - 70 EUR
The dinghy is a small handy boat, that will make a splendid tender for a larger yacht and a fun small dingy for kids. This version is strip built, but could just as well have been hard chined and in plywood. But with hulls this small, strip is almost as quick and simple, and the result may be visually more pleasing. The dinghy tips the scale at approx 10-15 kg, depending on the builder's preferences, skills and ambitions. On flat water, she carries two adults and two kids in the early school years (I used the prototype like that for some years). It is easily hoisted on deck on a yacht – hook the main halyard to a bridle from stem to stern in the dinghy. With the aft skeg, she tows well. Attach the towing line low on the stem.
The dinghy can be built quickly as a utility boat to get from an anchored yacht to the beach or as a playboat for kids in the marina – or as a classical yacht tender in mahogany and oak, painted in the yachts colors: freeboard, bottom and boot-top.
A motor would be overkill, but an electrical OB or the smallest two-stroke available may be used. It is possible to add a small sail (a spritsail on a short mast) and a centerboard or leeboard, but there you are on your own this is not shown on the plans.
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One sheet contains all the information needed to build the dinghy: lines and construction in metric scale 1:10, molds in full-size and a brief manual. Those wanting more information can find more in the online manual for kayaks and canoes – the methods are the same. Another option is one of the many boatbuilding books available from Wooden Boat Store, Amazon and other – some of them mentioned on the books page.
No building manual is included. For more information on building techniques, please consult one of the books on boat building listed in literature.
Plans, 2m Dinge - 70 EUR
More on the dinghy
The dinghy is a new take on an old one – the old plywood tender we built 30 years ago for our sailboat, Maria Kristina's (the photos from Torekov harbor on the Swedish west coast). The new dinghy shares the dimensions with the prototype but is slightly more elegantly shaped. At sea, the dinghy covered the fore hatch on the deck of the yacht. She was painted in the yachts colors: black hull, white boot-top, and green underbody. Inside the mahogany plywood was clear finished railings and knees in oak.
No shortcuts were taken: the bottom and three boards were marine plywood, traditionally copper riveted to a lot of delicate steam bent oak ribs. Not the most efficient building method, but nice and fun! It still adorns the deck of Maria Kristina and is in good condition. The new owner has taken good care of her.