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post #16 of Old 07-05-2012
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Re: Dinghy Plans

I built a dinghy last year (stitch and glue). Just about 8' long. Rows great and sails well too. Here is a link to my "building blog". It was a fun project, but probably not any less expensive (overall) than a fair RIB.

I've got a 27' Catalina. I do have room to put it up on the foredeck, but it's HUGE looking and acting up there. No single-handed deck-sweeping tacks with the big genoa though.

Usually I tow it, or put on davits on the stern.
Looks like the D4. Free plans are availble on the interweb. That was my first dinghy project. I was amazed how stable those things are. You can stand on the very outboard edge of the seat without any problems. I think, in order to heave good stability, the trick is to make sure the beam is no less than about 3'8". Mine ended up being too heavy, however.

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