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  1. #36
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    No Vice grips, Wizbang. Nice machined knobs on captive pins. They don't even leak when assembling in the water.
    Our stuff is kind of high end, but we are trying to appeal to serious cruisers. The kind of people who might otherwise need a hard bottomed inflatable and a 10 or 15 hp outboard. Our boat looks like a pretty good deal compared to replacing a rubber boat and motor every so often, even if it's a kit that needs to be assembled.
    I'm working on an article about my thoughts on the the compromises of dinghies for cruisers. I have used one nesting dinghy for about 25 years and done extensive cruising with this dinghy, so I have been thinking about the subject for awhile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    yes, Paul is keen on nesting , I am NOT.
    His 42 foot 20 tonner needs a nesting dink, my 34 foot 12 tonner carries 2 hard dinks , no nesting, go figure.
    nesting makes a dingy heavier, weaker, more expensive, more maintenance, leakier, and is usually a giant PITA. (imoho)
    I built a Danny Green Chameleon and it was so heavy I could barely get it to the water from my truck. The 2 nesting bulkheads, extra hardware, and extra glasswork sure added up. used 1/4" marine ply and 4oz glass. I do epoxy work for a living so It definitely was a light and tight lamination.

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    Hi G, welcome aboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G of the Sea View Post
    I built a Danny Green Chameleon and it was so heavy I could barely get it to the water from my truck. The 2 nesting bulkheads, extra hardware, and extra glasswork sure added up. used 1/4" marine ply and 4oz glass. I do epoxy work for a living so It definitely was a light and tight lamination.
    A designer is obligated to call for scantlings that will not get him into trouble. She could have been built with 4mm and no glass.
    And a sidenote, the dingy that Johnson sailed 500 miles off Austrailia after smashing his boat is not one of the ply boats seen here, but a round bottom airex boat, 18 feet.

    and of course, Paul Johnson died last year.
    Last edited by wizbang 13; 05-03-2022 at 10:28 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johngsandusky View Post
    Hi G, welcome aboard.
    Thanks,
    I've been reading these threads for a while. Finally decided to jump in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    A designer is obligated to call for scantlings that will not get him into trouble. She could have been built with 4mm and no glass.
    And a sidenote, the dingy that Johnson sailed 500 miles off Austrailia after smashing his boat is not one of the ply boats seen here, but a round bottom airex boat, 18 feet.

    and of course, Paul Johnson died last year.
    Did any of the dinghy plans survive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by G of the Sea View Post
    Did any of the dinghy plans survive?
    I do not know, do not think so.
    I published offsets for his 28'er and 34 'er right here on another thread.

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    I started this thread way back when, my health got in the way of building this boat. Here is the now erased picture.

    johnson dinghy.jpg

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    That is Paul’s son Merlin rowing I think. He’s about 25 now ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hwyl View Post
    I started this thread way back when, my health got in the way of building this boat. Here is the now erased picture.

    johnson dinghy.jpg
    That truly looks like the perfect tender if you've got a flush deck boat with the space for it.

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