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Old 22-12-2007, 19:01   #16
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here you go.

Free boat plans from Bateau

The 7 foot 10 one looks alright. Probably not all that expensive to build, and could be a fun project.
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Old 22-12-2007, 19:45   #17
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If you use fir plywood you should use cloth and epoxy. Fir plywood will check(surface crack) when exposed to the elements with a paint or epoxy only coating. You only need a light cloth 4 oz is plenty. Double or triple it at seams, edges, and chines.
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Old 22-12-2007, 20:04   #18
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Yes! good idea..at the Pt Townsend boat show a few months ago, I met a fellow that was building a dinghy to give to his grandson as his first boat. Got me to thinking about my 3 year old Grandaughter. I want to build a rowing pram for myself this spring, and after that maybe I should build some real small paddle craft for her for Christmas 08 that they could use as a car-topper. That web site with plans from jdoe71 above got me surfing through the plans thinking about that.
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Old 23-12-2007, 07:01   #19
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The thing that gave me pause for thought was the 7-foot requirement… spent several months last year feverishly scouring the local want-ads, marinas and eBay for just such – came up empty handed… finally settled on a nice little 9’ footer for slightly more than half of what we paid for our whole boat (we’re fugal – cheap…). It is a great little dinghy although it required another $100 to make it ready for use and does seem too large to tow behind our Bristol, not to mention carry on deck…

Having settled the immediate crisis of last summer – how does one get to a boat at its mooring – we’re again looking for a smallish 7-footesque dinghy… came to the same conclusion, the least expensive way is simply to build it, which we probably will do eventually… there are a wide variety of dinghies in the 9-10 foot range – of varying degrees of value/expense/usefulness, but from our experience a budget, load-carrying 7-footer is a very rare bird in the used market, if it exists at all…

Having been there, the initial question seemed entirely legitimate, sensible and valid to me…
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Old 23-12-2007, 10:49   #20
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Maybe you could get to your mooring with something like this, it's certainly cheap to build!

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Old 24-12-2007, 02:05   #21
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senormechanico.... thats awesome hahha.
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Old 24-12-2007, 07:22   #22
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Your broken outboard should work pefectly on on your new dinghy.

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Old 24-12-2007, 08:06   #23
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<get to your mooring with something like this…>

Great idea, not sure it’ll store on deck though and I've outgrown the inflatable phase…
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Homemade Sailing Dink

This is a homebuilt from the Wooden Boat Festival Port Townsend
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It's built of pallets and logs and lashed together with line, some bolts. Cheap but effective. Obviously liberal use of a chainsaw for the logs. Doesn't need painting and is for the most part, biodegradable.
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Yeh, but are the plans free? LMFAO.
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Old 24-12-2007, 14:43   #27
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jesus marc, do you not relize that you are wrong yet?
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By Phil Bolger in his book Different boats. Get it from the library. Full plans for free. Two sheets of plywood to build. The oars will probably be more expensive than the dinghy.
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try this

Here is the idea I have for a self built dink.

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