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01-05-2008, 10:33 AM
I'm looking for a fairly inexpensive and easy(ish) kit to start on. For my first project, I'd like a pretty simple craft that I can Row, and can attach a small motor to. So far, my favorite is the classic 12' dinghy from Clark Craft
Does anyone have any experience with these?....a better option?...Words of advice? If you have built this or a similiar kit, how long did it take to complete?
Oh and the Motor...I have a weekend place on a lake in Kentucky..the Cabin is on a bluff overlooking the lake...which is beautiful...but too difficult to get a boat up and down. And if I have a Boat With a Motor, the Corp of engineers allows you to have a dock.
01-05-2008, 11:26 AM
Hi - and Welcome!
That classic dinghy is really beautiful(!), but as a first project, I, personally, would NOT recommend it, at all.
Strip construction certainly produces great looking boats, but there are many, many exacting, tedious, time consuming, and, often, very messy steps involved - it's one of the slowest boatbuilding methods.
People have successfully started out with strip built boats, but you vastly increase the odds of actually finishing your first project if you choose a design that's simple, and simple to build. For a small dinghy, that usually means plywood construction.
There are tons of designs and kits available, and a number of excellent books describing various construction techniques. Many people here will point out their favs. Your strip built choice is one that, for many first timers, would take months - or even years - to complete. So keep your options open and do some reading, before you commit to a project.
Clark Craft also has stitch and glue (S&G) plywood dinghy designs. Not as visually stimulating as the cedar strip boats they offer, but they can look good and be just as functional.
The kit idea is excellent, btw - but some simple boats are nearly as quick to build from plans.
Here's just a few other options:
And some books you might want to look into:
Jim Michalak's "Boatbuilding for Beginners and Beyond" is my first choice: http://www.duckworksbbs.com/media/books/michalak/index.htm
And/or, try these -
Good luck, and have fun! - Dave
01-05-2008, 10:47 PM
As a kit that 12 foot stripper would require about $400 worth of ready-made strips. It has to be fiberglassed inside and out ~$200 for glass and ~ $300 for the epoxy if you buy the good stuff.
Also, all dinghies of that type have displacement hulls. The DO NOT plane. The max speed will be about 6 MPH if your lucky and a motor of more than 3 HP is overkill.
The last thing I would do with a boat like that it leave it unattended at a dock.
Next, a lot depends on what you mean by "inexpensive".
Here are a whole bunch of free plans from the 1950's and '60's. Take a look at the "White Duck". It's made from lumber and is about as inexpensive a hull as you'll find. I doubt anyone would steal it.
If you are willing to go big time and use epoxy , here are some more modern designs.
01-05-2008, 10:58 PM
Are you saying that if you have a sailboat or a rowboat the Corps won't let you have a dock?
01-06-2008, 11:42 AM
A far as I know...small sailboats and kayaks and canoes do not qualify for a Dock....they are very strict on the lake...docks all have to be the same design and same size..if there is a dock withing 500 yards of you, you have to attach to it..you can't have yours off by itself. It can seem a little restrictive, but the shore is not crowded with overwrought boathouses every 50 feet, and combined with the rules regarding the clearing of vegetation on the shore it does end up with a nice looking lake...however I do know that several people have received permission by buying used johnboats with small motors.
I appreciate al the advice on the classic dinghy..the planing issue is particularly interesting...I really like the Looks of the lapstrake construction...does anyone know of a lapostrake kit that would fit the bill?
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