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    Default My next resto project. A small scow.

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    A Dabchick class dinghy designed by Jack Koper as a junior racing dinghy in South Africa in 1956. I got this one for free after asking around on Facebook. The aim was to revamp an old boat to help celebrate the class turning 60 last year. A nice and quick project.

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    We soon had it looking like this. I work to the 10 meter rule. Don't get closer than 10 meters to the boat when inspecting my work!

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    A bit of fun, consulting a magazine article featuring the original plans from 1956.

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    Sailing the the end result. A really fast little boat. Your feet goes sailing and your butt goes swimming.
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    A bit about the project.

    This particular boat was built in 1974. It was structurally in reasonably sound condition when I got it, with dodgy plywood at the shroud plates. I took the rotten ply out with a disk sander and rebuilt the spots with scarfed in plywood and lots of epoxy. The plywood and seams were a bit suspect in places so I skinned the hull with a very thin membrane and epoxy to ensure a leak proof hull. The boom was missing so I took an old windsurfer mast and cut it down to fit. I made two inner sleeves from the tip of the windsurfer mast to insert as sleeves in the high load areas of the vang and main sheet attachment point.
    Project took just over two months and we had the boat sailing in time for my 60th birthday.

    in South Africa in the 1960's every kid wanted a Dabchick but my old man could not afford one for me, so I finally got one when I turned 60.

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    Default Re: My next resto project. A small scow.

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    For some reason my pics assume the capsized position!

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    Default Re: My next resto project. A small scow.

    Where do you like to sail. Is that Seekooivlei in the Cape?

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    Good morning,
    I sail at home, Kromme River at St Francis Bay for fun. We go dinghy racing all over the Southern Cape.

    The Dabchick was just a bit of a fun project. It sees little use and I will probably sell it soon. ( at a loss!).

    Regards.

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    Default Re: My next resto project. A small scow.

    Quote Originally Posted by Frans Loots View Post

    For some reason my pics assume the capsized position!
    It's because you're posting from the Southern Hemisphere

    That's a very cool little boat ........... congratulations for bringing her back to life

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    The Dabchick is a super cool boat for teenagers. They can handle any weather and excels in the heavy stuff. Racing in high winds is not a problem. They just go faster. The boat is raced as a singlehander by bigger kids, but two-up is also class legal.
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    Default Re: My next resto project. A small scow.

    Capsize is not a problem due to the flush deck and low freeboard.
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