Length - 7' - 8" (2.34m)
Width - 4' - 0" (1.22m)
Dry weight of 50lbs (23kg).
Crew - 2/3 Adults
The WATCH BELL 2.3 Pram Dinghy is a great little boat that we already sell as a kit but as it has been our production boat for a while we didn't sell the DIY plans - till now. She will row, motor or sail and has plenty of room inside for a boat of this size, ideal for learning to sail. These boats are easier to build than a stem dinghy of the same length, have more room and are often more stable.
The boat is built in plywood with a 6mm planked hull with 12mm transoms and 6mm framed bulkheads. The bulkheads form part of the buoyancy tanks fore and aft and should have the holes for small hatches to be fitted to allow for airing the tanks plus giving you somewhere dry to stow things while on the water. There is also buoyancy built in under the centre thwart.
The hull is built using the "Lap Stitch" method of construction which quickly gives you the hull shape, held together with wire stitches or cable ties and then the laps are filled with epoxy. It is built upright either on the floor or on support beams at height that is easy to work at. The second option is better as it allows easier squaring and levelling of the hull later.
The boat can be built as a rowing, motor or sailing dinghy or all three! The basic hull can be built to row or motor with the sail rig added later which is an option with almost all of our designs. We can supply you with a professionally made sail as an extra. Some people think this type of dinghy is ugly but, when you consider that you get more space inside your dinghy and a more stable dinghy with this design, perhaps it might start to look more attractive.
Basic Materials Required
3 ½ sheets of 6mm exterior or marine grade for the hull. 5kg Epoxy pack
Plans Packages –
Digital Download Plans - £15 From the download option page
A3 Printed Workshop Plans - £25 A3 drawings with full instruction manual
Full Size Paper Patterns Plans - £45 Full size paper patterns of the main hull components with full instruction manual
Custom Built Ready for the Water – from £625 for standard build
The standard built boat is built in a quality marine plywood, trim and seats are fitted with bottom runners to complete the build. The hull is then finished - one colour outside, white or varnished inside with varnished wood trim and seats. Black nylon rowlocks, basic wooden oars, a 5m mooring rope fitted and it's ready to launch. If you prefer, these boats can be built to order which gives you an opportunity to decide on a colour and make any other changes you might want. Depending on those changes, your boat could be ready in 14 - 28 days from the price below. We build your boat to your specification on our standard hull build adding or omitting items as you want it.
Custom Built Boats are Collection Only
£30.00 Regular Price