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 bottom.
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. 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 footer.
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”.
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