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Aug-11-2006 @ 10:46 PM                           Permalink
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Hi all.
I'm thinking about having a go at building my own sailing dinghy and just wondered if anyone has done this, has ideas of types of boat, plans etc. Has to be a recognised class with PY i can race with - I'm thinking about a Streaker. Anyway, no matter how vague any advice or ideas would be appreciated.


Happy sailing! Rob

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Aug-11-2006 @ 11:38 PM                           Permalink
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I've never built one from scratch, although I've spent so much time working at keeping old ones afloat that it feels as if I have!

If I were you I'd think about building a Phantom. They're nice boats, designed to be built at home and I've seen a fair a number out on the Broads.

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I built a 12` fishing dinghy from some instructions I found on the internet. Not hard to do if you have some basic skills and are quite useful with your hands! If possible try and source the stuff you need from a non-marine source, as I found that if it says "boat" or "marine" on it then it can be double the price for the same thing ! Use modern polyurethane glue (waterproof and very stong) and polyurethane varnish or paints (no compatability issues with the glueing). My boat works great, and most people don`t believe it was made by my fair hands  Smile

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Thanks for your replies chaps. Phantom sounds a good idea, ut I'm not heavy enough for even a laser and Phantoma are bigger so that's a no-go I'm afraid. But I'm only in it for the build as I've got my Europe to sail and I love her lol so maybe it's not such a bad idea.

Happy sailing! Rob

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you sound like the right build for a Solo:
they certainly were / are plywood  but I don't know if there were home build plans..

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I think I'm still on the light side for a solo - I'm only 10.5 stone, and the only blokes I know sailing solos seem to be wel... heavier. But you're quite right, solo's would be a good plan. Designed by Jack Holt, plans available I believe, so that's another one to think about.
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Happy sailing! Rob


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