A little dinghy

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Project by MattObjects posted 10-20-2012 09:37 AM 1632 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a little dinghy I made to get back and forth to the mooring where we keep our old sailboat. The hull is luan plywood sheathed in fiberglass. There is permanent flotation (poured expanding foam) at the bow and under the two seats so the boat will remain floating even when completely filled with water. Two skegs run along the bottom of the boat (fir sheathed in fiberglass) with wheels mounted at the stern so the dinghy can be easily pulled along the ground.

The rub rail is African mahogany. Bending it to the hull was the first time I really understood why there is no such thing as having too many clamps. Before attaching it, I routed a groove in it to accommodate a length of old rope that I attached to prevent the dinghy from chafing the hull of the sailboat when the two are tied up together.

The design at the stern was just me having fun with what could have been a simple rectangular transom block for mounting a small outboard motor.

We spend most weekends on the sailboat during the summer and would leave the dinghy tied off of the stern of the bigger boat, though the two boats would be pushed together whenever the current or wind changed. We named the dinghy “The Thing” because when we’re aboard the sailboat, it is what “goes bump in the night.”

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#1 posted 10-20-2012 09:43 AM

Very cute and very well done

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-20-2012 01:51 PM

I really like the transom and the rope gunwales

-- Joel

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#3 posted 10-20-2012 03:08 PM

“That’s what she said!” sorry I couldn’t help myself when I read the title of the project. Very nice job!

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

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#4 posted 10-20-2012 05:44 PM

Nice one and I know all about that “bump in the night”.
I put foam pipe insulation on my gunnels and tie the dinghy alongside. Now it goes “squeak” in the night.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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