Build a Dinghy to fit


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A featherweight plywood dinghy, plans for which can be readily altered to fit individual requirements.

Here is a dinghy specially adapted to being carried on deck—not only is it so light it is lifted aboard without effort, but the lines are quite simple and so arranged that the builder can easily alter them to fit the particular space requirements of the deck of his own boat. This little dinghy need never be towed. Construction is no problem, only a few days’ spare time being required. The original boat as shown in the drawings and photographs was built with 1/4-inch marine plywood planking and transoms, and 3/4-inch framework. It weighed, complete, 48 pounds without a keel but including seats, floor, and paint. The weight could be still further reduced by using 5/8-inch or 1/2-inch framework or by using thinner plywood, so it is possible to build the boat as light as 35 pounds without decreasing the size. With the dimensions as shown in the drawings and table of offsets the boat is approximately as large as can be built from 8-foot lengths of plywood. In fact, two sheets of 4- by 8-foot plywood will suffice for the entire construction, the seats and floor being made from the left-over pieces.

9 pages, 2 plate(s)


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