Boat designer Paul Butler’s website includes a really helpful page of practical tips and ideas for boat users who want to add various types of canvas shelter – it will be particularly useul if you wish to cover-in a yacht or motorboat’s cockpit, or wish to sleep aboard a dinghy.
And, while you’re there, why not take a peek at his boat plans?
Well, I suppose it’s time for one of mine, finally. Here’s a two-sheet plywood dink I designed to be narrower and longer than the usual short and fat two-sheet flattie, with the intention that it would both look and row rather better without much more building work.
I had to make her a shade boxier forward than I’d hoped in order to work in a reasonable amount of displacement, but as well as carrying more crew and cargo overall, the extra shape will make her drier and more bouyant also.
I think she meets the design criteria pretty well.
If you’d like to build a little boat for your pond or as a tender to a larger boat, you might think of it as a Christmas present from me! If you do build it, do please let me know, as I’d love to hear about it.
Whoever you are, have a great Christmas holiday break, and I hope you’re looking forward to more www.intheboatshed.net in the coming year.
Download the files in the form of a zip file here: Light dinghy plans download