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    Default A Monk to tend a Monk?

    We are looking for a more appropriate tender for our 1950 Monk Sedan Cruiser "Duffy" to replace the Sorensen dingy that has been hanging off of her transom for two decades. For aesthetic, moorage, and just plain preference reasons, we were thinking of a small pram that could be stowed upside down on the after cabin top, so that means 8 feet or thereabouts, and the lighter the better.

    I really like Monk's "Pollywog" and his "Skiff" but at 9 feet and 12 feet respectively, they are too big, although the former would fit on our swim step in place of the Sorensen...

    Can anyone point me in the right direction of a sub-9-foot tender, preferably a Monk design that would work? I'm already working with the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society to get the original drawings of Duffy, so I can likely find something in their archives. But with several thousand plans, it'd be nice to have a starting point.

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    Default Re: A Monk to tend a Monk?

    Could you scale the Pollywog down? 10% is usually acceptable. Maybe move the frames closer together?

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    Default Re: A Monk to tend a Monk?

    John Welsford has two that fit the bill, his Sherpa at 9 foot and his Tender Behind at 7 foot 3 inches:

    http://www.jwboatdesigns.co.nz/plans/sherpa/index.htm

    http://www.jwboatdesigns.co.nz/plans...hind/index.htm

    Or, if you want to go to 6 foot 3 long then his Scraps might be tempting:

    http://www.jwboatdesigns.co.nz/plans/scraps/index.htm

    It depends on what you want to "do" with the tender. Using it as a sailing dinghy to mess about with or just put an outboard on the transom and use it solely for transport? How many people do you usually transport in the tender and what loads?

    I'm sure that you will receive everyone's favourite and recommendations in due course! >};o)

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    Default Re: A Monk to tend a Monk?

    Its just the wife, two kids, and myself, and we plan on just using to to row ashore when we snug Duffy up in an anchorage. The Sorenson is just heavy and doesn't row well, apart from it not really fitting our boat. I have this older picture of Duffy (undated, and in "Ed Monk and the Tradition of Classic Boats" by Bet Oliver) that shows that she at one time carried a neat little tender off the transom (maybe a Pollywog)...

    11 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr

    The search kinda started as we were visiting the Seattle Central Wooden Boat Building School (formerly Edison Voc Tech) where my wife learned marine carpentry. One of the instructors said that they were looking for a 'new' design to give his students to build. We suggested that Duffy needed a new tender and he said that if we could find a suitable plan and cover materials, he'd love to have his students build one for us rather than the same 'stock' design that students have been building there for years.

    I have visions of a little sailing canoe to bring along gunkholing, but thats for another discussion...

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    Default Re: A Monk to tend a Monk?

    Ah, right! Now that I know what your boat loks like, then you might want a traditional looking dinghy. Billy Atkin designed handy Andy way back when and slightly modified it for the US navy as a tender for Motor Torpedo boats. Link here:

    http://www.atkinboatplans.com/Dinks/HandyAndy.html

    It can be build traditionally or strip plank and the photographs of the dinghy show the canvas on plank and others:

    http://www.atkinboatplans.com/Photos...ndy/index.html

    It might be a better choice and more in keeping with the style of your boat. >};o)

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