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Re: Low-Buck Dinghies- Lets See 'em!

I'm sure I don't need to post a picture, we got our Walker bay 8' for $300 in new condition after our other dinghy was stolen. I then paid $180 for a complete sail kit for it. (used twice)
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Re: Low-Buck Dinghies- Lets See 'em!

Michael - Just upload the picture to photobucket. Click on the IMG code and copy to your post here.
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Re: Low-Buck Dinghies- Lets See 'em!

Ive got a 9'6" Larson tender that I have been patching up for about the last month or so. Got it from a fella whose yard it had been sitting in for close to a decade. I traded a bottle of slightly used rum for the piece. It was stored outside, upside down. The skeg had begun to rot, and so had the top of the transom.

I chiseled out the old wood in the skeg.
http://imgur.com/QLhH8Uc

cleaned it, filled it with expanding foam (Not a choice I would repeat)
http://imgur.com/R21DmOA

glassed the bottom. (X3)
http://imgur.com/JsfVOcx

cut out old, rotten top of transom, beveled old and new treated wood.
bondo filled it, Glassed it, (X2, patches..)
http://imgur.com/32SRDLJ
http://imgur.com/fGVlrOi

painted it. (X1.5 spray cans rustoleum)
http://imgur.com/4JEBDEP

Shes a heavy one, so I found these little wheels and got 1' of free 1/2" piping from a plumber friend (thanks joe!). Bolted 6" pipes vertically in the corners of the transom to slip the wheels into, they happened to fit perfectly!
http://imgur.com/7UyPe40
http://imgur.com/6J6GBVf

Im into the project about $100. Evercoat epoxy resin, hardener and cloth being the most costly.

...Ill let you all know when she sinks.

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Re: Low-Buck Dinghies- Lets See 'em!

Okay, here it is, a 12' Pearson Petrel completely untouched since my $2.36 purchase several months ago. Whenever I do get to it, costs should be pretty well under $150. We will see.

DSCN8772_zps20c107dc.jpg Photo by Sendtomike | Photobucket



The other boat is taking all my time.

30' X 17' Catamaran Photo by Sendtomike | Photobucket



Hmmm, that didn't work as planned!

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Re: Low-Buck Dinghies- Lets See 'em!

Michael.. I embedded your pics using the IMG code instead of the URL link.

Chartruese,, maybe downsize those pics a bit??

Took me awhile to dig these old pics up.. some 26 or more years back a friend and I decided to build our own dinghy, so we started out with making a female mold.. the first hull 'stuck' so it became the plug for a new all glass mold, after which hulls 2 and 3 were built ending the production run. All three boats are still around.

These projects cost more in sweat equity than anything, along with a steep learning curve but our boys learned to row and sail in them. My buddy still has his, we sold ours some time back. Hull #1, about 10 lbs heavier, is still around too. This was my own design, an attempt to split the difference between an Opti and a Sabot...

The first wouldn't have cost more than 400 in materials and we all got our money's worth by the time we were done. (btw this little guy turns 31 in a few weeks )



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Re: Low-Buck Dinghies- Lets See 'em!

I really like the side benches on those Faster. My Dyer Dhow only has crossways benches and doesn't really leave good room to sit in while sailing. I'm usually sort of lying down under the boom.

Did you make those kick-up rudders, or are they pulled from something else?
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I really like the side benches on those Faster. My Dyer Dhow only has crossways benches and doesn't really leave good room to sit in while sailing. I'm usually sort of lying down under the boom.

Did you make those kick-up rudders, or are they pulled from something else?
We bought the rigs and rudders from a local dinghy manufacturer.. ended up cutting those rigs as shown down a bit, actually. The side benches/flotation tanks were quite deliberate, also the cross seats simply lifted out for sailing We made our own daggerboards. These little boats were great fun and we learned a lot.
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Re: Low-Buck Dinghies- Lets See 'em!

The E Minor. Bought from my buddy who made it for $100. He had sold his boat and was moving to Texas. Need some clean up but going to give it a whirl this year. He also made the sails.



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Re: Low-Buck Dinghies- Lets See 'em!

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Michael.. I embedded your pics using the IMG code instead of the URL link.

Chartruese,, maybe downsize those pics a bit??

Took me awhile to dig these old pics up.. some 26 or more years back a friend and I decided to build our own dinghy, so we started out with making a female mold.. the first hull 'stuck' so it became the plug for a new all glass mold, after which hulls 2 and 3 were built ending the production run. All three boats are still around.

These projects cost more in sweat equity than anything, along with a steep learning curve but our boys learned to row and sail in them. My buddy still has his, we sold ours some time back. Hull #1, about 10 lbs heavier, is still around too. This was my own design, an attempt to split the difference between an Opti and a Sabot...

The first wouldn't have cost more than 400 in materials and we all got our money's worth by the time we were done. (btw this little guy turns 31 in a few weeks )

A worthy project - and a great picture of the kid.
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A worthy project - and a great picture of the kid.
Thanks Troy... The 'kid', thanks in part, I believe, to his early exposure via this project, now in his 30s owns his own Cat 36. This fact seriously warms my heart.
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