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OTHER DINGHY DESIGNS & PLANS
UP TO 10' LENGTH

 

We have 9 designs so far of varying type and style.

Note - In the particulars for each design, the dry weight is given for guidance only and will vary depending on the grade/density of plywood and solid wood used - different thicknesses of ply are often used by builders and the dry weight figure is based on the thinnest ply specified.
Also the Guidance Use comments are given in good faith and are based on feedback from previous builders etc and based on standard weight adults - contact us if you want further clarification before ordering/building. E & OE

Dinghies on this Page

7'6" Redshank 7'6" Greenshank 6' Doracle Simplicity 8 Simplicity 8 Classic
7'9" Ariel Inishmore 10 Bocar 8 Surf 8 Westray 9

 

7'6" REDSHANK
Redshank The Redshank is a beautiful traditional English stem dinghy. Her length is 76 and she has a beam of 4 making her a very roomy dinghy for her size. Full-size mould shapes are given so that she may be made by the purist using traditional clinker method or the modern clinker ply or strip plank construction methods. However, she was originally designed to be made using stitch and tape methods and the plank shapes are given for this. With 7 planks per side she retains a round bottom shape. She takes 2 sheets of 6mm ply and around half a sheet of 9mm ply for the rowing version with an additional sheet of 6mm and half a sheet of 9mm required for the sailing version. The drawings show all the details for a simple lug rig with rudder and daggerboard. 
Above - a Redshank nicely built by Jonathan Maguire. For Nina's article on the Redshank go to http://individual.utoronto.ca/jonathonandnina/A_craft_of_love.pdf
Below a strip planked version by Miles Dent.
Below left is a clinker example by Alan Good and right (at the bottom) by Penelope Carrol - both pupils of the Traditional Boat Building School New Zealand.
 
Right, launched at last and looking very nice!
 

7'6" Redshank Particulars

LOA 7'6" 2.29m
Beam 4' 1.22m
Hull Mid Depth 1' 5 3/4" 0.45m
Draft 7"/2'5" 0.18/0.74m
Sail Area 37 sq.ft 3.6 sq.m
Approx. Dry Weight 45lbs 20.4kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine with 8 (mark 1)and 6 (mark 2) planks per side - stem bow
Construction Method Stitch and tape - full-size moulds also given for clinker ply and strip plank construction.
Major plywood requirements for hull 2 sheets of 4,5 or 6mm ply + 1/2 sheet of 9mm ply
Guidance Use 2 adults rowing, sailing and motoring
Drawing/Design Package 5 x A1 drawings + 6 x A4 instruction sheets

 

7'6" REDSHANK FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN 55          

(Approx. 60 Euros/$74 USD)


 
7'6" GREENSHANK  



The Greenshank is a pram version of the Redshank and has a length of 76 and a beam of 4. The pram bow gives more space forward for stowing gear or for transporting crew out to your yacht. She is an ideal fishing dinghy. Construction is exactly the same as for the Redshank with mould shapes for clinker construction given on the drawings and the plank shapes for stitch and tape construction. Both boats may be built out of 4mm ply to keep weight right down to around 45 lbs. The 6mm ply versions weigh around 55 lbs.
 
 
 
 
The example above (built using the clinker/ply method) is by Mr. D. Taylor and below, is a stitch and tape version by Nick Croome.
Below is an example by Patrick Hay fitted with foredeck and side bench seats.

7'6" Greenshank Particulars

LOA 7'6" 2.29m
Beam 4' 1.22m
Hull Mid Depth 1'5" 0.43m
Draft 7"/2'5" 0.18/0.74m
Sail Area 37 sq.ft 3.6 sq.m
Approx. Dry Weight 45lbs 20.4kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine with 8 (mark 1)and 6 (mark 2) planks per side - pram bow
Construction Method Stitch and tape - moulds also given for clinker ply
Major plywood requirements for hull 2 sheets of 4,5 or 6mm ply + 1/2 sheet of 9mm ply
Guidance Use 2 adults rowing, sailing and motoring
Drawing/Design Package 5 x A1 drawings + 6 x A4 instruction sheets - the plans also include the stitch and tape plank shapes and moulds/jig for a 6'9" x 3'9" (2.06 x 1.14m) version.

 

7'6" GREENSHANK FULL PLANS COST

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN 55          

(Approx. 60 Euros/$74 USD)


 
6' DORACLE  
Designed for a client who wanted a simple stackable fishing dinghy which he could easily carry himself, the Doracle uses just 2 sheets of 4, 5 or 6mm ply. She may be built in 2 pieces with the forward piece stacked inside the aft section. The 2 halves are simply bolted together through the centre frame. Alternatively, the hull may be built in one piece and made stackable by having a removable rowing thwart. The overall beam is 3'8". The hull panel shapes and details are shown for simple stitch and tape construction.

6' Doracle Particulars

LOA 6' 1.83m
Beam 3'8" 1.12m
Hull Mid Depth 1' 5 1/2" 0.44m
Draft 5" 0.13m
Approx. Dry Weight 32lbs 14.5kg

Hull Shape

Flat bottom single chine
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Major plywood requirements for hull 2 sheets of 4,5 or 6mm Exterior or marine plywood
Guidance Use 1 adult
Drawing/Design Package 1 x A1 drawing + 5 x A4 instruction sheets

 

6' DORACLE FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN 25          

(Approx. 30 Euros/$34 USD)


 
SIMPLICITY 8
Simplicity 8 This is a very simple but pretty single chine 'V' bottom dinghy designed for use as a tender, fishing boat, or with her simple lug rig, as a sail trainer for your children. Length is 7'9" (2.36m); Beam 4' (1.23m); Weight approx. 55 lbs (25 kg). Construction is ultra simple and uses the stitch and tape process - so very quickly you will have a large 8' dinghy at low cost which will be very easily car topped. Construction time for the hull is approx. 25-30 hours.
Simplicity 8


Left - a nice example of the Simplicity 8 by Jan Sijpesteijn.

 Below - another nice example of the Simplicity 8 by Jim Doucet.

Simplicity 8 Particulars

LOA 7'9" 2.36m
Beam 4' 1.23m
Hull Mid Depth 1'5" 0.43m
Draft 5"/2'8" 0.13/0.82m
Sail Area 44 sq.ft 4.1 sq.m
Approx. Dry Weight 55lbs 25kg

Hull Shape

V bottom single chine
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Major plywood requirements for hull 2 sheets of 6mm and 1/2 sheet of 9mm exterior or marine plywood
Guidance Use 2 adults rowing/motoring - 1 adult sailing
Drawing/Design Package 16 x A4 sheets of drawings and instructions

 

SIMPLICITY 8 FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN 30          

(Approx. 36 Euros/$41 USD)


 
SIMPLICITY 8 CLASSIC  
The Simplicity 8 Classic is modified version of the original Simplicity 8 which was designed for simple stitch and tape construction. In this case, the drawings for the Classic version show details for her to be built using the ply over frame method. A framework consisting of the transoms, centre frame and moulds are set up on a strongback and hog, chine and gunwale stringers added - the ply hull skin is then fitted over size and trimmed to suit. LOA 7'9" (2.36m); Beam 4' (1.23m); Approx. wht. 65 lbs (30 kg).
The pictures show a slightly lengthened version by Philip Meader.

Below is an example stretched to 9'3" by Ralph Woodard

Simplicity 8 Classic Particulars

LOA 7'9" 2.36m
Beam 4' 1.23m
Hull Mid Depth 1'5" 0.43m
Draft 5"/2'8" 0.13/0.82m
Sail Area 44 sq.ft 4.1 sq.m
Approx. Dry Weight 65lbs 30kg

Hull Shape

V bottom single chine
Construction Method Ply over frame
Major plywood requirements for hull 2 1/2 sheets of 6mm plywood
Guidance Use 2 adults rowing/motoring - 1 adult sailing
Drawing/Design Package 4 x A1 drawings + 10 x A4 instruction sheets

 

SIMPLICITY 8 CLASSIC FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN 55          

(Approx. 60 Euros/$74 USD)


 
7'9" ARIEL  
Ariel 7 The Ariel pram dinghy was originally designed for Joseph Thompson & Co. Ltd., for them to produce in kit form to promote their Cedar Speed Strip product. Speed Strip is still available from them but they are no longer producing the kits and the plans, with full size mould shapes are now available from ourselves. The Ariel was based upon our Skylark 8 multi-chine pram dinghy which has proven very successful as a tender, small sailing dinghy and car toppable fishing dinghy. For those wanting to build a strip planked craft either because they want a small boat or for those who want to try the strip plank construction method before tackling something bigger, the Ariel is ideal. Although conceived basically as a rowing or motoring dinghy, we can give details for the rudder, daggerboard and simple lug rig off one of our other pram dinghy designs. LOA 7'9" (2.36m); Beam 4'2" (1.26m); Depth amidships 1'5" (0.43m).

Below is a fine example by J. Saunders.

Below a nice example by Ian Tolhurst for use as a tender to his 34'6" Selway Fisher Pinky Naida.

7'9" Ariel Particulars

LOA 7'9" 2.36m
Beam 4'2" 1.26m
Hull Mid Depth 1'5" 0.43m
Draft 5"/2'8" 0.13/0.82m
Sail Area 44 sq.ft 4.1 sq.m
Approx. Dry Weight 60lbs 27.2kg

Hull Shape

Round bilge with pram bow
Construction Method Strip plank
Major strip wood requirements for hull 790 ' of 3/8" x 13/16" (240 m of 8x20) Cedar Strip
Guidance Use 2 adults rowing/motoring - 1 adult sailing
Drawing/Design Package 2 x A1 drawings (incl. full-size mould shapes) + 12 x A4 instruction sheets

 

7'9" ARIEL FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN 60          

(Approx. 72 Euros/$81 USD)


 
INISHMORE 10  
The Inishmore is one of a number of strip planked designs that we have enabling the builder to finish up with a beautiful round bilged craft of light weight. The Inishmore is a lovely strip planked dinghy which was initially based upon our Highlander 10' for shape and size. 6 or 8mm Cedar strip is used covered inside and out with a light weight glass cloth in epoxy resin for a clear/natural finish. The mould shapes for this are drawn full size and have been computer faired. She can be built purely as a rowing dinghy and as such she would grace the transom davits of any classic motor cruiser. For sailing we have given her a simple sprit rig. This has an unstayed mast with a sail that can be brailed up out of the way against the mast when you want to stop sailing and row or motor along. We have detailed solid wood slated seats and thwarts for a high class fit-out. LOD 10' (3.05m); Beam 4'11" (1.5m); Draft 8"/2'9" (.22/.85m); Approx. wht 100 lbs. (45 kg); Sail Area 53 sq.ft. (4.89 sq.m).
Inishmore 10
Here are 3 photographs of an example under construction by John Dyson.

Inishmore 10 Particulars

LOA 10' 3.05m
Beam 4'11" 1.5m
Hull Mid Depth 1'7" 0.48m
Draft 8"/2'9" 0.22/0.85m
Sail Area 53 sq.ft 4.89 sq. m
Approx. Dry Weight 100 lbs 45 kg

Hull Shape

Round bilge stem bow
Construction Method Strip plank
Major plywood requirements for hull 1245' of 3/8" x 13/16" (380m of 8 x 19) Cedar strip
Guidance Use 2-3 adults rowing/motoring - 2 adults sailing
Drawing/Design Package 2 x A0 + 1 x A1 drawings + 10 x A4 instruction sheets

 

INISHMORE 10 FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN 70          

(Approx. 84 Euros/$95 USD)


NEW  BOCAR 8  
 The Bocar 8 is born out of a wish to get even! A couple of years ago I was asked to design a 6' dinghy which would form the lid of a car roof box. I duly did this but received no Royalties - the product featured on two TV programs in the UK, died a death and then rose again 'Pheonix-like' and can now be seen in Australia! 

 The original design is what it is - a little 6' boat for one person to use on sheltered inland waters.

 This new design is a big improvement on the original little 6' dinghy - it is a much more practical and useful boat being almost 8' long, wider and slightly deeper. The aft end has been modified with more buoyancy to make it more practical for use with an outboard and as a proper yacht tender - and the new design is multi-role - she can be built in one piece as a standard (non roof box) row, motor and sailing dinghy - or built as a roof box or built to split into 2 nesting halves with a total approx. size of 1.25m x 1.2m x 0.53m (4'1" x 4' x 1'9") excl. skegs.

 Also note - the aft end sections are parallel which means that the hull can be lengthened or shortened easily by extending or shortening the panels aft of amidships.

The Bocar 8 is a proper yacht tender, fishing boat or a boat to teach the youngsters to sail in.

 

Right is an example by Ken Hogan

Bocar 8 Particulars

LOA 7' 11" 2.41m
Beam 3'11" 1.2m
Hull Mid Depth 1'5" 0.43m
Draft (average with skegs)/ incl.daggerbaord 8"/2'6" 0.20/0.76m
Sail Area 34 sq.ft 3.15 sq. m
Approx. Dry Weight 65 lbs 30 kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine - round bilge, pram bow
Construction Method Stitch & Tape Plywood
Major plywood requirements for hull 3-4 sheets of 6mm (1/4") plywood
Guidance Use 2-3 adults rowing/motoring - 1-2 adults sailing
Drawing/Design Package 4 x A1 + 1 x A1 drawings + 8 x A4 instruction sheets

 

BOCAR 8 FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN 60          

(Approx. 72 Euros/$81 USD)


NEW  SURF 8  
 The design for the Surf 8 started with the need for a small dinghy that would have pretensions to be a small multi role dayboat - an excellent sailing craft, motor boat and still be easily car toppable.

Taking the Skylark series as a start, I have given her a vertical aft transom to maximize buoyancy aft and make it easier to mount an outboard motor. The floor at the aft end has been flattened too to give her sections that will allow her to surf and plane.

The beam has been increased, the bilge sections hardened and the mid depth increased to give her the ability to carry heavier weights and more sail area than is usual for an 8' boat - she will feel more like a 10 footer than an 8 footer.

Construction is simple stitch and tape to keep costs, building time and weight down and the plans come with details for both pivoted centreboard and vertical lift daggerboard plus two rigs - the single sprit main rig with masts and spars that fit within the length of the hull and a more ambitious gunter sloop for those who want more strings to play with and a more exciting sail. Other modern rigs could also be fitted.

 

A Surf 8 being built by Mike Goodger.

Below is an example by Justin Raynor
Below is a nice example by Bill Griffith

Surf 8 Particulars

LOA 7' 10" 2.38m
Beam (outside gunwales) 4' 1 1/2" 1.26m
Hull Mid Depth 1'8" 0.51m
Draft 4 3/4"/2' 4 1/2" 0.12/0.72m
Sail Area 35/51 sq.ft 3.28/4.71 sq. m
Approx. Dry Weight 65 lbs 30 kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine - round bilge, pram bow
Construction Method Stitch & Tape Plywood
Major plywood requirements for hull 3 sheets of 6mm (1/4") plywood
Guidance Use 2 adults rowing/motoring - 1-2 adults sailing
Drawing/Design Package 4 x A1 + 1 x A1 drawings + 7 x A4 instruction sheets

 

SURF 8 FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN 60          

(Approx. 72 Euros/$81 USD)


NEW  WESTRAY 9  
 Several years ago I was asked by PJS Boats to draw up a modified Highlander 16 dayboat with a real seagoing jaunty sheer and plenty of stability to take a powerful rig. The Westray 16 was born and later they asked me to design a smaller dinghy in the same manner - practical, powerful, good under sail, oars and outboard and with the same jaunty sheer line. This became the Westray 9 which was well received by the magazines.

 PJS Boats stopped trading and the Westray 9 was lost until I unearthed the plank and frame shapes when searching for another set of drawings. I always thought that I would like to fully draw her up and now I have taken the opportunity to do so and offer her to all boatbuilders.

 The drawings include details for stitch and tape construction and the mould shapes and building jig details for clinker ply construction. Also included are two rigs - a simple balanced lug sail and a cat-like gaff main and the plans also have details for both a daggerboard and pivoted centreboard arrangement.

 

 

Below left - the prototype Westray 9 by PJS Boats in plywood also acted as the plug for a fibreglass version which is shown on the water.

Below are two photographs from the Sailing Today magazine review of April 1998 where the Westray 9 was very highly praised and recommended as an excellent small sailing dinghy and tender.

Westray 9 Particulars

LOA 9' 1/2" 2.76m
Beam (outside gunwales) 4' 2" 1.27m
Hull Mid Depth 1'6" 0.45m
Draft 4 3/4"/2' 6" 0.12/0.76m
Sail Area 46 sq.ft 4.3 sq. m
Approx. Dry Weight 90 lbs 41 kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine - round bilge, 4 planks per side
Construction Method Stitch & Tape Plywood & Clinker Ply
Major plywood requirements for hull 3 sheets of 6mm (1/4") plywood
Guidance Use 2-3 adults rowing/motoring - 2 adults sailing
Drawing/Design Package 6 x A1 + 1 x A1 drawings + 6 x A4 instruction sheets

 

WESTRAY 9 (ROW) FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN 60          

(Approx. 72 Euros/$81 USD)

WESTRAY 9 (SAIL) FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU/US/Elsewhere - FULL PLAN 65          

(Approx. 78 Euros/$88 USD)


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