Author: admin | 01.05.2014

Nick Schade has been designing and building cedar strip boats since 1986, and is the author of two books on the subject. For more in-depth descriptions of the designs listed below you may look through the strip-built boat design browser. The Portland Pudgy is a rugged, unsinkable self-rescue boat, even without the inflatable exposure canopy and other survival gear. Portland Pudgy, Inc has re-imagined the dinghy in the context of safety at sea, and come up with something really new. The Portland Pudgy is a multifunction boat that was designed as a yacht tender and unsinkable, dynamic lifeboat for blue water sailors that can be sailed to safety. The Pudgy is a self-contained unit: all accessories, including the oars, sail kit, and exposure canopy, stow within the storage space in double hull of the boat with room to spare.
The Portland Pudgy safety dinghy is the safest, most rugged yacht tender on the market to row, motor,  tow and carry.
The Portland Pudgy safety dinghy is a self-rescue boat, even without the optional inflatable exposure canopy and other survival gear. All of the accessories, oars, sail kit (including telescoping mast and boom), inflatable exposure canopy, sea anchor, ditch bag, provisions, and more, can be stowed within the boat via the five watertight hatches. These original designs draw on the years of experience to create unique high performance designs that move easily on the water as well as look stunning on land.


These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a cedar strip canoe. These plans include full size drawings of each form drawn individually so you may glue the patterns directly to your form material and cut out around the lines. These plans include all the forms and plywood parts drawn at full size needed to build the boat.
These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a strip-built kayak. These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a strip-built kayak. These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a strip-built sea kayak. The stability and buoyancy designed into the Portland Pudgy make it safe and sea-friendly as a recreational sailing dinghy for the whole family. A rugged, unsinkable dinghy you can row, motor, sail, and even use as a lifeboat.  The Portland Pudgy safety dinghy makes boating even more fun, by making it safer. The Portland Pudgy safety dinghy has all the benefits of inflatable boats and RIBs (rigid inflatable boats), without the risk of deflation.
With the exposure canopy, sea anchor, and sail kit, the Portland Pudgy is an unsinkable, dynamic lifeboat.


You bend thin strips of wood around forms, gluing the strips together as you cover the forms. These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a strip-built canoe.
The Pudgy is extremely buoyant and  has huge carrying capacity, both in the roomy cockpit and inside the storage compartments in the double hull.
Unlike inflatable life rafts, the Pudgy cannot deflate, and you can sail, row, or motor this rugged self-rescue boat to shipping lanes or land.
You then sand the strips smooth and coat them with a layer of tough, transparent fiberglass cloth and epoxy. The entire sail kit stows neatly out of the way in the interior of the double hull (rudder and leeboards under seats).




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