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LOD 2.49m (8’ – 2”)
Beam 1.27m (4’ – 2”)
Draft (With average load) 0.17m (0’ – 6.5”)
Dry Weight (apprx) 34kg (75lbs)
Max. Load 250kg (550lbs)
Sail Area 3.53sq.m (38sq.ft)

Although this boat is still aimed at the first time DIY builder, the rig requires a bit more thought. She is built in the same way as the standard boat over a simple build frame but she has certain refinements such as a rounded stem. This design is too large for the planks to be got from one sheet of standard plywood and scarfing is necessary, however, the plans describe a simple method of doing this. There are two options for this boat, but both are a sailing dinghy. She could be built as a rowing boat but, as the bowsprit and deeper keel would be a bit out of place, you could build the dagger board option and not fit any of the sail rig. There is one rig option with either the standard triple keel or a dagger board. It is also possible to build this boat using the “stitch & tape” method of construction and plans can be arranged for this.
She can be fitted with an outboard motor of between 1.5 and 3hp. Electric outboard motors are also an option and one I prefer. A tough little boat that can be trailed to the water and then easily launched and recovered but the triple keel version. Beach with care if at all with this version as it was primarily intended as a deep water boat and designed for Rutland Water and the dagger board version should be used if she will often be taking the ground - board up first of course.
The plans manual gives details of both underwater configurations, the rig details and added refinements. We suggest with this design that you have a bit of experience with building a rig or sails and sailing before you attempt this boat but, as always, we are on hand to help you via email or phone if you need it. The hull is the same build as the standard boat but the rig is a little more complicated than a single sail.
Basic Materials Required
4 sheets of 6mm exterior or marine grade for the hull, transom, keel, stem piece and bilge keels. Half a sheet of 12mm for the seats, knees and breast hook, or solid timber to fit. The mould can be made from 12mm chipboard or MDF as a possibly cheaper option. The transom, keel and stem piece can be made up from 12mm ply or solid wood (Stem Only).
7.5kg Epoxy pack

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