This is the perfect dinghy for folks with larger boats. Are you tired of moving heavy, traditional dinghies that weigh 200 pounds, or struggling with a limp, awkward inflatable that can't be rowed or sailed? CLC designer John C. Harris has drawn an elegant, Norwegian-styled pram that weighs only 90lbs, but can survive real abuse in the dinghy park. With a 650-pound payload, the Passagemaker can haul the entire crew in one go, or ferry blocks of ice and jerrycans of drinking water from the quayside to the mothership. The sailing rig components store flat inside the 11'7" hull; fasten three shrouds and the mainsheet, hoist up the mainsail and jib, and you've got a fast, fun, stable sailing dinghy that will please even the most ardent and discriminating sailing enthusiast.
If you have a long harbor to cross, a 2, 3, or 4 horsepower outboard will drive the Passagemaker to harbor speed limits and beyond. Transom height is 15 inches, sized for short-shaft outboards. An electric outboard for fishing lakes will work great, too. If you don't want to lug around an outboard and smelly gas, you'll be delighted to discover how well the Passagemaker rows: there's plenty of rocker for low wetted surface and the transom won't drag in the water to slow you down.
Optional Lug Rig:
There is an option for a lug rig, which is substituted for the stock sloop rig. The lug rig offers somewhat simpler handling both ashore and on the water. While not as fast upwind, the lug rig still provides serious horsepower. Demand for the lug rig option has been such that we've been shipping them with a lightly detailed "addendum" to the instruction manual. The manual itself has not yet been updated with step-by-step instructions for the lug rig, so beginner builders are cautioned until that has happened.
Try this boat at OkoumeFest
in Maryland: May 17-18
Build this boat if:
- You're looking for a fast, fun, and versatile daysailer
- You need a stable platform for fishing, including with a light outboard
- You need an attractive tender with a large payload
Builders also looked at:
Standard Passagemaker | Eastport Pram | Jimmy Skiff
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