The Classic Dinghy
delightful, traditional dinghy design
with fine lines and classic styling....The hull
features a wine glass transom, a hint of tumblehome in the aft sections, a
gracefully curved sheerline to a clipper shaped bow with moderate flare in
the bow sections. The hull is designed with a raking midship section with
the deepest section at station four, the widest section at station six and
the lowest point along the sheerline at station seven. These are the
characteristics of a good displacement hull and can be seen in the lines
This dinghy has been designed to
provide exceptional rowing and sailing characteristics. It is a
displacement type hull that will move easily through the water and will
exhibit very good ultimate stability. The twelve foot hull will carry 4
persons with all their gear. At a maximum load of 750 lbs., there is still
nine inches of freeboard left for safety in rough or choppy waters.
Although designed originally as a twelve footer, this
classic style dinghy can be built in any length (LOA) from eight to twelve
feet, simply by changing the station spacing and the length of the
strongback. Specifications are provided for lengths (LOA) from eight to
twelve feet on two foot intervals. (Click on Lines
Drawing to the right for specifications!) The same mold patterns
are used for the different lengths. The displacement, load capacity and
hydrostatic calculations are different for each length. For instance, the
Classic Dinghy built to a ten foot length will still have the same beam
and draft as the 12 footer but the displacement will have changed to 250
lbs. with a load carrying capacity of 600 lbs. and will carry three
persons instead of four. Changing to an eight foot length gives a two
When you purchase the plans set for
this dinghy you will receive full size patterns for the eleven station
molds and the stem and transom pieces and the most comprehensive
construction manual currently available for amateur boat builders. The
manual provides a complete written description and a photographic
illustration of each step of the construction process.
This hull has been
designed for ease of construction for the amateur boat builder. Wood strip
construction is a very simple and easy method for building round bilge
hulls. It is an ideal construction method for a person with limited
woodworking skills and a minimum tool inventory. Anyone can create a
beautiful, clear finished, round bottom wooden boat that is a work of art.
The finished boat will require a minimum amount of maintenance and will be
extremely durable over many years of use. This type of hull is very strong
and light weight and makes an excellent car topper. Feel the satisfaction
that comes with building your own boat. Get started now on a great fall,
winter or rainy days project and be on the water on nice summer days.
This Sailing Dinghy built by Charles
Check out Donald Paczynski's
web site here.
progress as he builds his
See this beautiful
Classic Dinghy/Gaff Cat
built by Jim Weber!
See this beautiful 8'
built by Tim Fagan of Camano Island!
I built a Classic 12' Dinghy back in 1991. Only had one 3 year old kid then. Now with 3 kids (ages 10,5,and 3) the Classic 12 has room for all. I still get a kick out of using the boat. Your web-site is great. Nice to see all the sister ships out there!
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