A 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 drawing.
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. 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 person dinghy.
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.
Hi John…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!…Dave Riordan
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