The Power Dinghy
This dinghy style has a planing type hull and has been
designed primarily for use with an outboard motor.
Since it is a round bilge hull though it will still
exhibit excellent rowing and sailing characteristics. It is a wider and
larger hull design than the Classic Dinghy and has excellent load carrying
capacity. Refer to the lines drawing and notice that the buttock lines are
much flatter then the same lines in the drawing for the Classic Dinghy.
Also notice the considerable difference in the shapes of the transom
between the two styles. The transom is much wider and flatter along the
The Power Dinghy hull has a beam width of five feet
and has considerable initial and ultimate stability. The hull has more
freeboard and more flare in the bow sections to keep the boat dry when
running through rough or choppy waters. This type of hull is ideal for use
in rivers, lakes and protected ocean bays.
The cedar strip, round bottom construction method used
for this boat allows for a much lighter and stronger hull than is possible
with other types of construction for a boat of this size. Click
on Lines Drawing (right) for Specifications. Consequently this
dinghy style makes a very convenient car topper, easily handled by two
persons, possibly even one person when necessary.
The weight of the 12 foot model can be held to under
95 lbs. depending on the types of material and configuration used for the
seats and other parts used in the hull. Construction is the cedar strip,
wood epoxy saturation technique which is a very easy boat building method
for amateurs. This method of construction requires little or no
woodworking experience and a minimum amount of hand and power tools.
Anyone can build a beautiful strip plank wooden boat using this technique.
This hull can be built in lengths of twelve or fifteen
feet using the same station mold patterns. To change the length of the
finished hull, simply change the length of the strongback and the station
spacing. The displacement and load capacity will increase for the fifteen
The design package contains full size patterns for the
station molds, the stem and the transom. The full size patterns allow you
to trace the lines directly on plywood or particle board to
make the stations molds. The design package also contains a comprehensive
instruction manual that completely describes and illustrates the
construction process "step by step", in both words and pictures.
Using the information provided in the plans package with less than $500 in
materials and approximately 200 hours of your spare time, you can create
your own "Work of Art."
creativity of Howard
Cranford of Northport Nova
Scotia with his 15' Power Dinghy!
detail work on
14' Power Dinghy
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