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home built dink
The Good Old Boat article on the cedar strip nesting dinghy was a good one. I''ve since had correspondance with the builder, who says that the reduced-size version wants more stability. I also suspect that the rounding of the chines to accommodate the cedarstrip process robbed some initial stability as well.
Nevertheless, I''m a big fan of Dave Gerr''s Nester design.
I recently built Steven Lewis'' "Dinghbat", a 8''x4'' taped-seam pram, from plans obtained free from the Duckworks site. I''d suggest building the newer V-bottom design, as my flatbottom version wants some stiffness in the bottom. I also suggest that one fudge the plans a bit to obtain at least 3" more freeboard, though this will likely require an extra sheet of plywood. I haven''t weighed it officially, but I can tote it across the boatyard on one shoulder. It rows well, and I suppose it would take a 2.5hp motor with ease.at
Bateau.com has some excellent plans.
CAUTION: Building one''s own boats is thoroughly addictive. This will NOT be the last boat you build. Dinghbat is my third, and I''m already sifting through plans for number four.