Unfortunately it was quite windy on the first sail and, as you will see, the trim isn't set very well, it does need 2 main halyards, but with winds gusting to 26 knots, its bloody lively and fast. The Fyne Four is a light weight clinker style boat that is a nimble performer especially in light airs. The hull is made from 6 mm Okoume plywood, sheathed with glass fabric for those hard beach landings – the rudder kicks up easily for landings. I am extremely pleased with the design and execution of the project and will enjoy sailing her for many years to come. If, later, you decide to purchase the kit the cost of this printed manual will be deducted from the kit price. This manual does not contain the plans of the panels with the cutting instructions so it is not possible to build the boat from scratch using only this manual. An electronic version of the 56 page study manual in PDF format that can be viewed using Adobe Reader.
After credit card authorisation the file will be sent to the email address put on the order form.
Wire rope for rigging a sailing boat, made to the length you need, with loops or thimbles on the ends.
At 3.6 metres long it is not so Dinky but a much larger version is currently being developed. Originally designed as a fishing boat for easy beach launching this version makes an excellent recreational boat that can be carried on a roof rack.


The kit is for a rowing version although it is possible to fit a mast and rudder as can be seen in some of the photographs. Despite the complex look of the boat it can be assembled in about 40 hours from the kit using very few tools and basic woodworking skills.
An electronic, non paper, version of the study manual above that can be viewed only using Adobe Reader. This kit is for those who do not wish to spend time cutting the wood and sourcing the materials. The kit is constructed in a slightly different way to the manner described in the DVD; thus to avoid confusion the DVD is not included. This is for potential kit-builders only: it does not help with building the boat from plans because the construction method is not the same.
The interior includes 9 mm Okoume frames and sealed air tanks at the bow and along the sides for buoyancy. Most of the pictures show the rig that we think looks best but it is possible to fit other rigs. This boat is built using CLC's patented LapStitch™ joints which means that the result is a remarkably stiff and strong hull that has the appearance of traditional lapstrake or clinker planking.
David Nichols himself explains and demonstrates each step from the building of the frame to the sanding of the hull.
The method of construction has been slightly changed to make it easier to build from pre-cut panels.


Unlike with most of our kits the constructor will want to make layout changes to suit fishing equipment etc. The design makes an interesting project for the amateur builder as the construction method is not difficult. The sides can be planked in either lapstrake (Plank Overlap) or carvel ( planks butted along their edges) systems.
Like all of the boats in this range, the Fyne Four has watertight chambers to provide buoyancy. It describes all of the techniques that will be used during the building and also a step by step guide to construction. It describes all of the techniques that will be used during the build and also a step by step guide to construction. The Dory 14 is a row boat, but the plans show an alternative transom for an outboard up to 5 hp.




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