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Old 27-08-2018, 10:02   #1
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Sailing dinghy reccomendations

For those on here who have experience building sailing dinghies - I'm thinking about building one, but really have no idea where to start or what designs I should consider. I was curious if anyone here has recommendations. The following are my parameters:

- Must be able to take a 4hp motor and remove or fold the mast
- Fun and fast to sail
- Easy to tow behind the big boat, light enough to lift on deck if I need to
- I'm open to fiberglass or wood - but must be easy enough for someone with basic fiberglass and woodworking skills to build
- Pleasing to the eye
- Roomy enough for 2 people and a medium sized dog when its being used as a tender

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Sailing dinghy reccomendations

I have no experience with building a dinghy, yet, except for learning that it's taking a lot longer to clean decades worth of accumulated junk out of my basement so I have room to build it than I thought it would.

But I was asking questions, not long ago:

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Re: Sailing dinghy reccomendations

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I have no experience with building a dinghy, yet, except for learning that it's taking a lot longer to clean decades worth of accumulated junk out of my basement so I have room to build it than I thought it would.

But I was asking questions, not long ago:

Opinions on nested dinghy kits
Thanks Jdege. Appreciate it!
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Re: Sailing dinghy reccomendations

You don't mention what length limits you have, but I built a "Bateau V12" that has served as our dinghy for the past 8 years.
https://bateau.com/proddetail.php?prod=V12
If you go to our blog and look under 'gallery' there is one titled "Building the Dingy" where you can see pictures. We have a Honda 2 hp on it, but it will take a 5hp I believe. It will carry 4 adults, but is happier with 2. It is a good compromise between rowing, sailing and motoring.
Another dinghy I looked hard at was the Bolger "Cartopper", which is an excellent dinghy, but I went with the V12 as it looked a bit more stable.
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