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Old 25-02-2021, 07:11   #1
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Crazy idea ? Nesting dinghy from optimist pram

Have a small 28 ft boat.

Have optimist dinghy. Is it possible to divide dinghy into 2 parts
And make it a nesting dinghy ?

Probably a crazy idea !
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Old 25-02-2021, 07:12   #2
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Re: Crazy idea ? Nesting dinghy from optimist pram

You could probably do it, but isn't an Opti only meant to carry one fairly small human? I'd worry about whether it can carry enough weight to be a useful dinghy (before or after the conversion).
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Re: Crazy idea ? Nesting dinghy from optimist pram

It would certainly ruin the Opti, and the bulkhead you'd have to have to make it two pieces would probably be right where you'd need to sit in order to keep the boat from digging in the bow or stern. So you'd have to sit on the bulkhead, making the boat really topheavy. Sitting up that high would make it difficult to keep clear of the sail - the boom would be about the height of your stomach. Optis are not designed to row or to take a motor. Doing the limbo with the boom, plus the rather minimal freeboard, would make swimming lessons likely each time a powerboat went by. Does not sound like fun. Build a nesting dinghy (that works as a dinghy) instead.
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Re: Crazy idea ? Nesting dinghy from optimist pram

Well, someone on this forum has done it before. Check it out.
https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...ss-245982.html
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Re: Crazy idea ? Nesting dinghy from optimist pram

When you wake up to a sinking boat, what happens then? I always tow mine so it is ready, just in case. Just need to pull it in tight when docking.
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Old 15-03-2021, 18:05   #6
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Re: Crazy idea ? Nesting dinghy from optimist pram

I like the idea, especially if you do not mind sacrificing the Optimist.

I suspect the proper procedure would be to see how a nesting dinghy mating bulkhead is made and duplicate the procedure.

Should you get going on this project, post pictures so we can watch how it is going and be jealous.
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