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10-21-2012 07:08 PM
wolfenzee
Re: Building my own dingy

Besides the fact I need a tender for my boat...I have finished all the big projects. A friend was building a nesting tender for themselves but then didn't need it so was going to sell it to me, but this one is so easy to build and I can customize it to my boat. Also it's away to use up alot of the left over lumber I have...so why not.
10-19-2012 03:49 PM
MY36
Re: Building my own dingy

I built a 10' Spindrift 10N nesting dinghy out out Okume plywood. It was my first building project and it was a lot of fun. It's an awesome dinghy that stows nicely in front of the mast, rows, well, motors well and tows very well. Some day I'm set her up for sailing.

She was quite usable after a winter of slow building, but I'm still finishing her up.
10-19-2012 01:07 PM
Barquito
Re: Building my own dingy

Oh, one more thing about Okume: For the same strength okume weighs a LOT less than exterior ply.
10-19-2012 01:05 PM
Barquito
Re: Building my own dingy

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One the other hand, if you wish to cover with a varnish equal, so you see the teak grain in the plywood, Okume is the way to go. But any 1/4 dg fir based marine ply or ext grade glue plywood would work.
That is basically what I found. Exterior grade plywood works... my boat didn't sink (has been going strong for 5 years). However, because of the internal voids, there is severe checking. The wood breaks down from the inside. Protecting with a layer of epoxy and painting won't keep this from happening. Maybe a layer of glass would. I think if you are going to spend the time to make a boat, spend the extra $100 and make is look good and last.
10-18-2012 09:29 PM
blt2ski
Re: Building my own dingy

Reality is, you could do it with ACX plywood, as long as it had exterior glue. One does not need to use okume plywood $$$$$$

One the other hand, if you wish to cover with a varnish equal, so you see the teak grain in the plywood, Okume is the way to go. But any 1/4 dg fir based marine ply or ext grade glue plywood would work.

Make sure you get the plans with full size patterns. Otherwise, you will spend a lot of time drafting things upward!

Marty
10-18-2012 02:11 PM
Barquito
Re: Building my own dingy

I would be suprised if there wasn't someone with a supply in AK. OTOH, they may not have 4mm Okume.
10-17-2012 06:45 PM
Capt Nos
Re: Building my own dingy

8-Ball it is then for me as no clear leader has risen above the 8 ball design and a few sound like they did it when they were kids which is reassuring for my skill set. Ordering the plans tonight I think. Wish me luck, I'll post the pics when I get started. Unfortunately due the fact that i live in Alaska I'll have to special order the marine ply.
10-17-2012 04:52 PM
Barquito
Re: Building my own dingy

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Building a dinghy connects you in a visceral way to all the shipswrights of days gone by.
Totally agree.

I will be building a Devlin Boat design Polliwog this winter. For a rowing dinghy this has the advantage of a longitudinal bench. This will allow adjustments for when there are one vs. two in the boat. Not sure how well it sails. The D4 plans include plans for adding a dagger board, etc.
10-17-2012 04:31 PM
wolfenzee
Re: Building my own dingy

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Originally Posted by miatapaul View Post
If you don't have good tools like a big table saw, you might want to look into some of the kits like the Chesapeake Light Craft kits, very nicely cut out marine grade wood as well.
I have most of the tools, but don't have the money for a kit (the cost of a kit would pay for all the tools and enough materials to make some major mistakes and then some). Materials will cost me <20% of the cost of a kit....not even accounting for the wood I have on stock. Not including, fastenings, adhesive and the like. If I use the fanciest 4mil Okoume marine ply ($50/sheet), I have most of the other wood. I would only use 1 1/2 sheets for the boat (the left overs will be used for other things so don't count towards cost of skiff) and have to purchase less than $50 for everything else, including spars....total cast in lumber shoild be around $125.....I have oars locks and access to a pair of 7 1/2' sitka spuce oars ($115)....the sailing rig something else.
I visited Cheasapeke Light Crafts booth at the wooden boat festival....the kit prices were worth a think, if you can afford it, they have some nice boats. But I have a design I like which I am tailoring to my boat....no kit will fit my needs that precisely.
10-17-2012 03:55 PM
miatapaul
Re: Building my own dingy

If you don't have good tools like a big table saw, you might want to look into some of the kits like the Chesapeake Light Craft kits, very nicely cut out marine grade wood as well.
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