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Old 16-11-2015, 19:33   #16
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Re: Danny green chameleon nesting dinghy

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L.O.A.? Length nested?
Its 10ft 4 inches and around 5ft 4 inches nested.

CHAMELEON, a design by Danny Greene of Offshore Design Ltd in Bermuda. Offshore Design Ltd., PO Box GE 213, St. George's, Bermuda GEBX Email: dtgreene@ibl.bm
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Old 16-11-2015, 20:12   #17
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Re: Danny green chameleon nesting dinghy

Any idea how well Cameleon will handle waves? How much of a load can she carry? Is she a wet ride?
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Old 16-11-2015, 20:30   #18
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Saw Danny yesterday in St.Georges. Will mention this to him next time I see him.
We are about 90% done our build of one of these. Time consuming but basically not that hard to do. Building a second one would be easier for sure.

When you see Danny tell him that June and Bruce are enjoying the project and are looking for fun next summer with our boat. It will be a tender for our Bristol. We got the plans when we were in Bermuda in May on our way back to North America from the Caribbean. Walked over the hill from St. George's to his house.
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Any idea how well Cameleon will handle waves? How much of a load can she carry? Is she a wet ride?
No idea yet as its still a work in progress. If you google them they get good reviews by those that make them, but then again after spending so long making one you would hardly say it is bad.

They have lovely lines and look like they would sail and row very well. I can't wait to try mine out.

perhaps someone that has one can help answer your question?
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Re: Danny green chameleon nesting dinghy

As I have no means or space to build 1 of my own I will have to let someone do it for me. Do you think that the mentioned 100-150 hours are realistic for the sailing version to build?
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As I have no means or space to build 1 of my own I will have to let someone do it for me. Do you think that the mentioned 100-150 hours are realistic for the sailing version to build?

longer for me as I am a novice and running around after kids, working from home and of course sailing. I am also a serial procrastinator which doesn't help. A professional could do it in those time frames.


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Old 17-11-2015, 00:36   #22
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Re: Danny green chameleon nesting dinghy

One can do a THREE piece nestling dinghy, if a longer boat is needed, an old friend, Ed Boden, sailing a Virtue had a THREE piece boat that he designed, used to skull it around.
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One can do a THREE piece nestling dinghy, if a longer boat is needed, an old friend, Ed Boden, sailing a Virtue had a THREE piece boat that he designed, used to skull it around.

Danny Greene, says building this boat is like building two boats, and I agree, I don't think I am up to building 3 boats.
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Re: Danny green chameleon nesting dinghy

Ohhhhhh lovely! That brings back fond memories.

I built a couple like that (not nesting though) years ago.

The first had a disastrous flaw in the plans (well could have been, the beam to length ratio was right out - stable it wasn't). It didn't sink, but I took it apart for parts.

Enjoyed building it so much though, I modded the design for extra length, and to have what I figured would be a sensible beam to length ratio. A friend had a timber yard at the time, and managed to get me a great deal on some Iroko (12 x 4 planks at amazingly cheap), so I did the frames and transom in that. That one turned out ok. (it didn't sink either ).

You really do learn a lot building these things.

I REALLY like the look of that mast by the way. . . . . .

If it was me I'd have it looking like an old Hardy split cane fly rod my grandfather used a lot (including a cork 'handle' at the base). A bit longer and thinner at the top than necessary so it looks like it's casting, and use 'fishing rod rings' whipped and varnished to fix rigging, and use a fishing fly name for the boat (well you have to have a laugh along the way as well).
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Re: Danny green chameleon nesting dinghy

Captain..... I think it's Obvious....

To most of us that you're well into your transition away from a "novice"...

Awesome project, and build... Thanks for sharing a great thread!
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If it was me I'd have it looking like an old Hardy split cane fly rod my grandfather used a lot (including a cork 'handle' at the base). A bit longer and thinner at the top than necessary so it looks like it's casting, and use 'fishing rod rings' whipped and varnished to fix rigging, and use a fishing fly name for the boat (well you have to have a laugh along the way as well).
Ribbit.... This is a spectacular idea.... If I ever get the chance, I'm doing it...
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Re: Danny green chameleon nesting dinghy

Nice work! It should row well at 10 ft. We built an 8ft two paws nesting dinghy and love it. Rows great, we can race some of the low power inflatables and keep up. We beat it up on rocks and oyster beds and beaches and never have a problem. I use to put it together/take it apart on deck and deploy/retrieve it using the boom as a crane, but about a year into sailing I realized it can be taken apart and put back together easily in the water. This meant I could pick up each half (about 35 lbs a piece) and throw them individually into the water, hop into the the larger half, and put it together. It only takes 5 to 10 minutes. We stow ours on the cabin top and we can run a shade awning from it while at sea. Works out nicely. You can check it out on our website:

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Re: Danny green chameleon nesting dinghy

Dawntreader

Non-skid on the inside is a GREAT idea.


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Re: Danny green chameleon nesting dinghy

We are considering an aluminum mast (2" OD tubing). Not sure how strong it would be but likely strong enough for use on the days we would be sailing. A solid wooden mast ends up being very heavy. The one you are doing looks very neat, but a considerable amount of work.
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Re: Danny green chameleon nesting dinghy

Sweet. Will be less wobbly if you built it flatter?

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