Multi-purpose, they can be rowed, motored or sailed and are light enough for one person to lift on and off the family car or yacht.
Simple stitch and glue construction, they can be built with the minimum of tools, no previous boatbuilding experience and in very little space. Either one can be the ideal quality time project for a youngster with Dad's assistance or Dad with Junior's help. Built-in flotation compartments and a simple sail plan make them great for learning to sail, whatever your age. The first of the two designs, the DIXI DINGHY, was commissioned as a sailing yacht tender for very simple construction in stitch and glue plywood. As a sailing fun boat she is highly manoeuvreable and nippy with an adult or two children. After the DIXI DINGHY was featured as a kit boat in a local newspaper, THE ARGUS, I was commissioned to design a larger sister for a series feature in the same newspaper. The ARGIE 10 can be cut as a complete boat from three sheets of 6mm plywood, including bouyancy compartments fore, aft and amidships as well as rudder and daggerboard.
Hardcopy plans include fully dimensioned panel cutting diagrams, hull sections, construction details, sail plan, spar details, building instructions and materials list.
Electronic plans for the Argie 10, supplied by email or on disk, are in web page format and will open in the same way as a web page in Internet Explorer or other web browser, from which it can be printed on your system printer. Finished hull weights are 22kg (48lb) for the DIXI DINGHY and 29kg (64lb) for the ARGIE 10. This is normally restricted to cartop and trailable boats, where ply thickness of up to around 6 mm can be used.
Flared bow shapes can be generated by making a series of slender V cuts longitudinally in the topside panels. Seams are then filled and glassed internally.  The copper wire are then trimmed back externally, and the seams  are glassed externally.
If there is a design you would like to build, but it lacks the panel shape information, all is not lost. Get a copy of 3DBoatDesign software ($50 nominal), install it, and get some familiarity with it. The Major Plan Supplier  Bateau  (E-Boat Inc) has an extensive range of boats, all using this technique. Making a model will pay back later and save you time when you build because you will have figured out how the boat goes together. Your model will also help you decide if you like the look of the boat BEFORE you spend a lot of time and money building a wooden boat from scratch.

In a more complex boat, free is not always less expensive because the designer of bought plans will usually have taken the time to give you better instructions and is often available to answer questions.
Free plans for a Bernarda 10 Well not quite free, you have to send the designer a photocopy of your money!! Many free plans from the Toledo Community Boat House Some Stitch and glue and some other methods. Useful Boatbuilding Books My page on boatbuilding books, most of which I have in my library.
Most of his plans are Philip Bolger's plans.Thomas Firth Jones has plans in his book New Plywood Boats.
Useful book if you plan to use a design that was originally intended for another building method such as the many expired copyright boat plans that are offered. Ten Essential Knots These are the 10 knots that cover just about any eventuality that happen in a boat.
Readers interested in the sailing version of the Ella skiff may be entertained by this glimpse of how I’ve nesting all the various panels for the half-decked sailing version onto six sheets of ply. Have you got news for us?If what you're doing is like the things you read about here - please write and tell us what you're up to.
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Follow me on TwitterLooking for something?This is a busy weblog, and what you're looking for is probably still here - just a little way down the list now. Our Faversham-based friend Alan Thorne can help with boatbuilding projects - constructing to plans in very tidy stitch-and-glue or more traditional techniques. You didn't say a thing about oars (or other aux propulsion) only sailing, so a sail and oar boat's sailing performance and safety won't remotely compare to 12' boats designed for pure (or mostly) sailing like Welsford's Truant or Oughtred's Guillemot or Shearwater. This directory includes all of the plans that are specifically designed for stitch and glue construction.
You can also open the individual graphics files (gif format) in PhotoDraw or most other graphics programs, to print them at the largest size that your printer will handle. This progressively generates and controls the hull shape, which can be adjusted to some extent prior to the fitting of framing. If you choose to use free boat plans, do your homework, and try to find others who have built from the plans.
For 20 or so dollars you can get plans for several boats AND detailed instructions on how to build them.

Jim Michalak's book Boatbuilding for Beginners (and Beyond): Everything You Need to Know to Build a Sailboat, a Rowboat, a Motorboat, a Canoe, and More!
Try scrolling down, clicking on the 'older posts' button at the bottom of this page - or try the search gadget! To get WoodenBoat delivered to your door or computer, mobile device of choice, etc, click WB Subscriptions. Typical light winds up the Yar, but blowing 15 knots wind against tide back across the Solent to Keyhaven. Larger boats can be built with the panels in thin ply, then GRP sheathing applied both internally and externally, generating a sandwich construction. A basket frame can be used to help generate the shape, and support the hull (right way up) during construction. Gunwales, internal framing etc are added as required, and the outer and interior surfaces smoothed and then coated as required. Check out Duckworks plan pages There are many good designers here and a few free plans as well. Check out Yahoo boat groups, find people who have built similar boats, make sure you understand the plans before you start your boatbuilding project. This technique is regarded as giving faster and less demanding construction than ply on frame. Usually built with chine logs but could be adapted to stitch and glue as long as you glass tape the seams.
It is usually possible to replace chine logs (strips of wood that connect bottom and side with screw and glue) with an epoxy fillet and fiberglass cloth. Also keep in mind while I'm in a preachy mood, that a good set of plans will save you lots of time and if you've paid for them you can actually often contact the designer and get help. There is quite a range of prices, but again I have not seen or heard of any serious problems with any of them when used according to proper instruction and mixing. This will be because framing is not required (or isolated framing is fitted to the built hull shell), and for the larger sizes the shaping and fitting of thick ply is avoided. It is important to strengthen at least the seam inside and out with fiberglass strips if you remove the chine log.

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