Re: Nominations for best 12' sailing dinghy design
Alas, I find 12' to be an awkward size for me: too big to make a convenient, stowable ship-to-shore dinghy, too cramped, slow and unseaworthy for serious open boat cruising. My two choices have boiled down to a 9' pram for the dinghy--the biggest I can fit on deck, and my 20' Rowan for a beachable yet seaworthy open sailboat than can fit a couple of people and gear for a week easy, yet still a blast to sail solo.
My favorite 12' sailboat I ever built was the Bolger Instant Catboat, but it too has its flaws--not being much for rowing home when the wind fails especially.
12' is a hard size for my useage. Why did you settle on this particular length?
Amphibious Macroplankton Oughtredia doublendus
Mostly found frequenting the littoral and estuarine zones in the southern half of the Salish Sea, though sightings have been recorded both north and south of this area, and occasionally, but rarely, inland, in freshwater environments. This species lives on micro-brewed beer and dutch-oven biscuits,and displays brightly colored nylon and gore-tex plumage during the rainy season. Approach with caution!