The small 8′ dinghy I built and donated for the Women’s Health Resource Library “Chinese Auction” during Milbridge Days attracted quite a few folks and sold an extraordinary number of raffle tickets. I received a lot of positive feedback and everyone loved the bright (spar varnish) finish on the quarter knees and breasthook; all fabricated from natural hackmatack knees.
Most people are not aware that I’m a retired naval architect and marine engineer. I once had an active design practice for yachts and work boats. I still maintain a hobby business out of personal interest, selling stock boat plans and instruction books I’ve written for them that are intended for novice, backyard boat builders. I market these through my other website called Shoestring Shipyard www.shoestringshipyard.com
The dinghy I built for the WHRL event is part of my “Frugal Skiff” series of designs. I no longer offer the 8′ version, but I still sell the 10′, 12′, and 14′ version – all of which go together the same way. This series used to be used for the 3 day boat building classes I once ran. Folks would begin at 0830 on a Friday morning and leave with a boat that was ready for the water (except for the paint/finish) on a Sunday afternoon around 5pm. They are that easy to build!
I shot several video segments while building this dinghy, so as soon as I have a chance, I’ll do some editing and post a series on how to build this boat on my Youtube Channel and on both of my websites (Downeast Thunder Creations and Shoestring Shipyard).
Latest Update: Finally!!!! I have begun editing of the film clips made while building the dinghy. The first segment has been published on Youtube, and the remainder will soon follow. I’m not sure how many parts there will be yet, but I’m trying to keep each video under 5 minutes duration. Here’s the first one:
Update for 19 SEPT 2017: Here is the Part 2 video for the boat building series: