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Old 06-02-2014, 09:37   #1
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Just Ordered a Kit for a Passagemaker Dinghy

Hi all,

Now that my boat is in La Paz, I need a project when I am home in the states. While in La Paz the last time, I watched a guy row or sail past my boat a couple of times a day in a Passagemaker wooden dinghy. I spoke with him several times, and he built it from a kit by Chesapeake Light Craft. The thing rowed like a race boat, and had a simple gaff-rigged sail set-up.

I have no affiliation with the company, but I do like a challenging project, so I ordered one this week. Can't wait for it to arrive. I'll keep you all posted on my progress if there is any interest.

The boat is about 11' long and about 90# finished.

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Please keep us posted - I had my eye on building one a while back..........
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Did you get a nesting version?? I would like to build one some day. Please keep posting with pictures, you know no pics it didn't happen lol.
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Did you get a nesting version?? I would like to build one some day. Please keep posting with pictures, you know no pics it didn't happen lol.
IIRC, whilst the Passagemaker has a version that divides into two pieces it is not fully nesting - close, but not the full "nest"!
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Coool............ Their show room is just an hour from my house. I need to check this place out. Wonder if this a good alternative for a regular dinghy which I hate it with a passion.
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Does close count in dinghy's? I think yes.
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I'm interested as well -- keep us posted on your progress. They have a smaller version as well, did you consider it or were you set on the larger one?
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Does close count in dinghy's? I think yes.
I think depends on intended storage - just wanted to highlight before you built it (took me a while to twig why it was called a "take apart" and not a "nesting" dink (as the smaller Eastport Dink is called).

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The products from CLC are well engineered and designed. The LapStitch construction is quite clever and produces a strong, fair hull that does not require a high skill level or complicated building forms.
The designer is John Harris who is a serious sailorman, and a friend. (I used to be a CLC dealer.)
An epoxy saturated marine plywood dinghy (or other boat for that matter) will hold up very well with minimal maintenance.
Glad to hear you are so excited about your new boat. You'll like it!
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I think depends on intended storage - just wanted to highlight before you built it (took me a while to twig why it was called a "take apart" and not a "nesting" dink (as the smaller Eastport Dink is called).

Storage is always the problem. That's how we ended up with the portabote. We can have a 14 foot fishing boat on deck that doesn't take up much room. We like to run up rivers and small streams with it. Don't have to worry about putting a hole in it dragging it over logs or gravel.
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The products from CLC are well engineered and designed. The LapStitch construction is quite clever and produces a strong, fair hull that does not require a high skill level or complicated building forms.
The designer is John Harris who is a serious sailorman, and a friend. (I used to be a CLC dealer.)
An epoxy saturated marine plywood dinghy (or other boat for that matter) will hold up very well with minimal maintenance.
Glad to hear you are so excited about your new boat. You'll like it!
I have built two kayaks from CLC, and am amazed by their business model. Good design, good products, friendly staff, and over the top customer service, along with a forum that is one of the best, all at a good price. The kit isn't Legos, it does take some finesse and tweaking, the more careful you are, the better the end result. Wish many more marine businesses could be like them. The Kayaks perform beyond expectation.
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Storage is always the problem. That's how we ended up with the portabote. We can have a 14 foot fishing boat on deck that doesn't take up much room. We like to run up rivers and small streams with it. Don't have to worry about putting a hole in it dragging it over logs or gravel.
Just noticed that you are on 50 foot - that helps. lol .
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Re: Just Ordered a Kit for a Passagemaker Dinghy

looks like a bit of modifing the rear thout would make it a bit more "nestable"
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Hi all,

Now that my boat is in La Paz, I need a project when I am home in the states. While in La Paz the last time, I watched a guy row or sail past my boat a couple of times a day in a Passagemaker wooden dinghy. I spoke with him several times, and he built it from a kit by Chesapeake Light Craft. The thing rowed like a race boat, and had a simple gaff-rigged sail set-up.

I have no affiliation with the company, but I do like a challenging project, so I ordered one this week. Can't wait for it to arrive. I'll keep you all posted on my progress if there is any interest.

The boat is about 11' long and about 90# finished.

Cheers, Bill
If you don't post the build progress with pictures.... I will be INCREDIBLY disappointed!!!!
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Re: Just Ordered a Kit for a Passagemaker Dinghy

Hello everybody. Wow, I had no idea that people would be interested. I did order the take-apart version, and yes, I will post pics of the build, along with tips (if any) on how to make it easier. The bad news is that they make these kits to order, which I did not know, so I may have to wait a month or so to receive my kit

So now I am back at square one, which means working on my house until the kit shows up, or I get back down to La Paz.

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