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. The Argie 10 can be ordered as hard copy or as computer files for supply on 3.5" disk or by email. The computer files can be viewed on any web browser as if you were accessing them via the web. The other designs are on hard copy only.
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 plan prices include for adding imperial measurements to our metric designs if needed by the buyer.
Click on the design names below to see more information. You can order by mail with the fax/mail order form or by credit card via the credit card order form. See our ordering concerns page for alternative methods of ordering and paying.
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 29 July 2010