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Here are the drawings for John's "Nesting Expedition Dinghy."  Click here for a detailed description of the project. The only change that was made during construction was to shift the mizzen mast to the centerline, and to substitute a push-pull tiller arrangement for the conventional tiller shown in some views.  

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Chesapeake Light Craft's Nesting Expedition Dinghy

Nesting Expedition Dinghy:  Beach Cruiser for Amateur Boatbuilders by John C. Harris and Chesapeake Light Craft 


Nesting Expedition Dinghy:  Beach Cruiser for Amateur Boatbuilders by John C. Harris and Chesapeake Light Craft

Nesting Expedition Dinghy:  Beach Cruiser for Amateur Boatbuilders by John C. Harris and Chesapeake Light Craft

 


Nesting Expedition Dinghy:  Beach Cruiser for Amateur Boatbuilders by John C. Harris and Chesapeake Light Craft




Nesting Expedition Dinghy:  Beach Cruiser for Amateur Boatbuilders by John C. Harris and Chesapeake Light Craft

 Optional lug rig if fewer strings are desired, and/or local conditions tend to be windy.


Nesting Expedition Dinghy:  Beach Cruiser for Amateur Boatbuilders by John C. Harris and Chesapeake Light Craft

 


Nesting Expedition Dinghy Drawings

There are a lot of bulkheads:

  1. Because of the nesting function.  A non-nesting version would have 7 pieces in this diagram rather than 15...
  2. For plain, cussed ruggedness.  Banging up against the sides of a lock somewhere in Ontario, or surviving a collision at night...
  3. To create two watertight storage compartments fore and aft, and a self-draining anchor well forward.
  4. The bulkheads in the cockpit are perforated strategically with holes for lashing gear and dry bags in place.


Nesting Expedition Dinghy:  Beach Cruiser for Amateur Boatbuilders by John C. Harris and Chesapeake Light Craft


Nesting Expedition Dinghy:  Beach Cruiser for Amateur Boatbuilders by John C. Harris and Chesapeake Light Craft


Nesting Expedition Dinghy:  Beach Cruiser for Amateur Boatbuilders by John C. Harris and Chesapeake Light Craft


Nesting Expedition Dinghy:  Beach Cruiser for Amateur Boatbuilders by John C. Harris and Chesapeake Light Craft


Nesting Expedition Dinghy:  Beach Cruiser for Amateur Boatbuilders by John C. Harris and Chesapeake Light Craft


CLC's Nesting Expedition Dinghy

Rails and leeboard mounts glued on.

John Harris's Nesting Expedition Dinghy at Chesapeake Light Craft

Fitting the floor.  This creates a double bottom housing about 100 pounds of water ballast.

The current plan is for this boat's instruction manual to reside entirely online, in the form of a wiki-style blog, as an experiment in kit documentation.  Builders will be able to add collaborative comments and advice.  We don't have a timeline for release of the plans and manual (and kit), but we're hoping for a late spring or early summer launch after Hull #1's extensive sea trials.


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