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Bljones, that D4 looks nice, but how did you build it with a finished weight of 50lbs? The finished weight in the plans is 75lbs.
SD I'll look into the ply option again. Tks. I still can't get my head around why it should be lighter than a foam sandwich. My boat's decks and hard dodger are divinicel sandwich to reduce weight so I just assumed the same would apply to the dinghy. Also, foam sheets seem to lend themselves to stitch and glue like plywood or even strip-planking, making the construction simple. Would glassing in some etxra foam ribs/stringers give it the stiffness and strength you feel is lacking in foam construction? I'd like to keep the weight down to no more than 50lbs, but it also has to be tough enough to be used as my main dinghy (after I happily torch the unruly and leaky inflatable one!)
Mirari, I'd love to make one in carbon fiber as well. Light and strong. A bit out of my skill set though....