DUDLEY DIX YACHT DESIGN
Why not consider a canoe or small dinghy? Built from readily available materials by very simple methods, these little boats are within the abilities of almost anyone. Hundreds have been built as first time boat projects from plans published in newspapers and magazines. Use it as a confidence builder to lead up to a bigger project.
Multi-purpose . Build one for fun with the whole family when warmer weather returns. If you have a large boat, build a small dinghy as a yacht tender. They can all be rowed, sailed or motored. Ideal for teaching the kids the basics of boating of whatever kind takes your fancy.
Plan packages include panel cutting diagrams, details, material list and building instructions. The exception is the Challenger 13, which is a more advanced project and should not be tackled as a first time build.
If you get stuck while building, take a look at our FAQ pages, where your question may have been covered. If not, email us for advice. Our plans are clearly detailed and most builders never have a need to ask questions.
Click on the design names below to see more information. Order by clicking on the "Buy" links on our pricelist to pay by credit card or PayPal. You can order by mail with the fax/mail order form and sending with your check.
You can also build most of these designs from a kit of all plywood components, pre-cut with a CNC router. Go to our USA kits to see what we can supply and to place an order.
8ft Plywood stitch & glue 3:1 dinghy
Great "own boat" for kids.
Sails 1 adult or 2 kids, rows 3 adults
Length 2.44m [8'0"]
Beam 1.28m [4'2"]
Draft - board up 0.12m [5"] - down 0.54m [1'9"]
Hull weight 22kg [48lb]
Sail area 4.23sq.m [45.5sq.ft]
Outboard power max 3hp
10ft Plywood stitch & glue 3:1 dinghy
Ideal 2-person training boat.
Sails 2 adults or 3 kids, rows 4 adults
Length 3.08m [10'1"]
Beam 1.35m [4'5"]
Draft - board up 0.12m [5"] - down 0.54m [1'10"]
Hull weight 29kg [64lb]
Sail area 5.25sq.m [56.5sq.ft]
Outboard power max 5hp
Cover courtesy of SA Yachting Magazine
13ft Plywood lapstrake 3:1 dinghy
More challenging construction
Ideal 2-3 person training boat.
Sails 3 adults or 3 kids, rows 5 adults
Length 4.0m [13'1"]
Beam 1.6m [5'3"]
Draft - board up 0.15m [6"] - down 0.8m [2'7"]
Allup weight approx 100kg [220lb]
Sail area 8.79sq.m [95sq.ft]
Outboard power max 8hp
14ft Plywood stitch & glue performance skiff
Club or family trainer
Sails 1 adult or 2 teenagers
3 Rigs on 1 hull
Length 4.10m [13' 5"]
Beam 1.63m [5' 4"]
Draft - board up 0.12m [5"] - down 0.8m [2' 7"]
Hull weight 45kg [100lb]
Sail area - Lite 7.3sq.m [79sq.ft]
Sail area - Standard 10.3sq.m [111sq.ft]
Sail area - Turbo 14sq.m [150sq.ft]
15ft Plywood stitch & glue 3:1 dinghy
Ideal group training boat.
Sails 3 adults , rows 5 adults
Length 4.70m [15'5"]
Beam 1.80m [5'9"]
Draft - board up 0.16m [6"] - down 0.82m [2'8"]
Hull weight 60kg [132lb]
Sail area 9.8sq.m [105.5sq.ft]
Outboard power max 10hp
16ft Plywood stitch & glue touring canoe
Paddle as a canoe
Row as a small pulling boat
3 Flotation/storage compartments
Length 4.725m [15' 6"]
Beam 0.92m [3' 0"]
Hull weight 20-32kg [45-70lb]
(depends on plywood thickness used)
Plans include full size patterns and
instructions with many photos
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This page was updated 23 November 2013