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"Take apart" dinghy ...

I was reading about this tender called a "Passagemaker dinghy" and it says that it comes in a "take apart" version for "nesting". Sounds like you an divide the boat in half, approximately, and put one end in the other for stowing it on deck. Question I have in my mind is, how is this possible ? I mean how do you take a boat in half, put it back together, and still keep the water out ?

Edit - Okay, reading more on a different site I think what happens is it has two new bulkheads where the "cut" is, and somehow they are fastened together ? Sort of two boats in one I think ...
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You got it. Generally the two halves are identical or similar, and the bulkhead is twined, so the two bulkheads bolt together and Viola, a boat.
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It's quite simple actually, just takes a sliding clamp. Most of the ones I've seen have self aligning stainless ball and joint type.

You can even build your own, there are a number of plan sets available, or kits.
A sliding dovetail with a knock in wedge would hold it for rowing, for much more than that you have to go with a 'real' mechanical fastener.

As long as the interior bulkhead is higher than the waterline it stays dry.
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there are also spindrift 11 plans available for a nesting dink.
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One of the users here has the NN10 nesting dinghy...as well as a Porta-bote folding dinghy IIRC.
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I built a Spindrift 9n folding dinghy last year. It cost a heck of a lot more than I thought it would, but I would do it again.
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Are there any decent nesting sailing dinks? Once we get to our destination, it would be great for the kids to have something to sail. (And our RIB just doesn't do the trick.)

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the spindrift is a great sailing dinghy too!



Here is the one I made going into the water for the first time.


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Are there any decent nesting sailing dinks? Once we get to our destination, it would be great for the kids to have something to sail. (And our RIB just doesn't do the trick.)

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Brad, here is the Passagemaker, a design/kit by CLC Boats, it is one I like. The mast is two parts so that the pieces don't take up as much space, even though it is not that easy see in this picture. It can be built as a "nester", in that configuration it takes up 7 foot 9 inches of deck space.

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