Re: Want to build a dinghy, easy towing is priority..recommendations?
If you don't care for the Nutshell's pram bow, the Shellback makes it a pretty pointy ender. Same good towing characteristics, large capacity, easy pulling and fun to sail, but it will squat at higher speeds.
Here I have it on a short lead, but the nose comes down a bit if I let it out to surf the wake.
I've never had issues with it at sailing speeds, but behind my skiff at 10 kts or greater it reaches for the sky and fills with water even when the slot is filled.
I love mine and will probably build another if this one ever starts to degrade seriously, which at 15 years is just now starting to happen.
ETA after reading the following post, the shellback rows 4 adults easily and I've seen 6 in one. The downside is, at 11'+ it needs a large deckspace or substantial davit to bring it aboard.
Last edited by Willin'; 08-17-2012 at 08:21 PM.
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