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jcwyatt 06-11-2012 07:56 AM

Built a stitch and glue Nutshell Dinghy
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I just completed my stitch and glue Nutshell Dinghy project. She rows well and is small enough to easily lift on to my swim platform.

Tony B 06-11-2012 08:52 AM

Great job and nice looking dink.

Scary 06-11-2012 09:15 AM

Very Nice
I would like to build a slightly larger dory with a sliding seat. Maybe big enough to give my lady a romantic evening glide in the swamp.

Anode 06-11-2012 10:30 AM

Cool! Nice job!

jcwyatt 06-11-2012 10:39 AM

I have plans from Bateau for an 11.5' semi-dory that can be sailed or rowed... I plan to build it this winter.

skipperdude 06-11-2012 11:29 AM

I have seen thesr kits available in boat mags. Usually requiring one sheet or two of ply wood.

Looks like a fun thing for the winter.

Great job.


Sailor of Fortune 06-11-2012 11:41 AM

For an easy to build dory that is VERY fast, look at "Big Dory" by Phill Bolger. I built it in the mid 90's and was very pleased. It is in Maine somewhere these days. Not a sliding seat but it can be adapted easily.

jcwyatt 06-11-2012 11:57 AM

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This was just built from plans and I bought all the plywood and epoxy locally. The kits are expensive for what you get. This is about $250 in material and 14 hours labor in 1 and 2 hour chunks. I changed the plans somewhat to add a double skeg, so that the boat sits upright and hopefully track better while rowing.

oceano 06-11-2012 12:17 PM

I'm about to order an Eastport pram from Chesapeake Light Craft. Haven't decided on the kit or the plans quite yet.
Eastport Pram: Ultra-light Sailing Dinghy That You Can Build!

Max Simmons 06-11-2012 02:09 PM

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Looks Great.

I too agree that the kits are overpriced for what you get. I worked off just the plans to build the CLC 17 Sea Kayak. Probably into it only $800

Looking for a small 11' daysailer to build that we can carry on the aft cabin.

skipperdude 06-11-2012 02:47 PM

Awsom build. How much time do you have into it?

Baggiolini 06-11-2012 05:10 PM

I've wanted to build the Shellback dinghy for years now but never been motivated enough to sit down and do it. I have the CNC to make easy work of it. It's on the list! Great photos everyone!

Max Simmons 06-11-2012 08:18 PM


Originally Posted by skipperdude (Post 90238)
Awsom build. How much time do you have into it?

Seems like about 4 months working 8-10 hours per week.

HopCar 06-12-2012 12:52 AM

Very nice! How did you like using the zip ties instead of copper wire? I've always used wire because I can use smaller holes. I guess it really doesn't matter. The holes get filled with epoxy putty and covered with glass cloth.

jcwyatt 06-12-2012 07:54 AM

I will always use copper wire in the future... The zip ties do not save time and do not look as good. We actually built two boats and the second one we used copper wire. The copper wire boat can go with out paint, the zip tie boat will be painted.

HopCar 06-12-2012 10:12 AM

Thanks for the info. Now I won't have to try it. My next project will be a 14' stitch / glue outboard skiff from Glen-L plans.

dwhatty 06-12-2012 10:18 AM

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Had a lot of fun building a Kingfisher single scull like the one below about 30 years ago (Haven't used it in the past 20. Shame on me.).

Am thinking about building one of the Joel White Nutshells (I find the Shellback a little too tender for a tender). However, that Bateau V bottom 10 looks interesting and a bit like the Shellback.

oceano 10-09-2012 10:03 AM

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Finished the Eastport Pram kit. It sails well. Sailing the Eastport Pram on Vimeo

Here's a time-lapse of the build: Building the Eastport Pram in Seven Minutes on Vimeo


Nomad Willy 10-09-2012 11:40 AM

This is great stuff but unfortunately the boat I want to build is 7'6" X 27'. Not stitch and glue but planked w batten seams. Straight enough lines to be built of plywood but I'd love to have varnished topsides of cedar. The boat is "Marcia" and she's presented/designed as an inboard but I think she'll be fine as an OB w fuel and batts fwd. Big job though.
It can be seen on the Atkins site ....
I also like "Tang" .. a hull that would make a good trawler .. 10 to 14 knots w minimal power for that speed. The lines would need to be "scaled" of course and that has it's own problems. I think Tang's hull would make a better trawler than practically any hull on this forum.
I'd post more but I'm w I-pad only and limited skills w same.

jeffnick 10-09-2012 12:04 PM

I bought plans for the Two Paw 8 but never got around to building it 'cause a Sportyak filled the bill.

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