V-Bottom Dinghy 12 (Sail) - Study Plans
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This is an excellent and good looking dinghy that can be used for rowing, sailing or with an outboard. Slightly larger than her sister the V10, she has even better carrying capacity but is still light enough to car top. She is very stable and has a hull shape that will easily go through the chop of a windy anchorage. The V-bottom takes a little more time to build but it makes her a much better boat than a flat bottom. As a tender, she is probably going to be fitted with an outboard most of the time but she will row very properly. She could also be turned into a sailing dinghy with a sprit rig: a sail plan option is included.

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Specifications:
LOA: 12' 3,65 m
Max. Beam: 4' 6 " 1,35 m
Max. HP: 6 HP outboard
Designed weight: 95 lbs. 43 kg
Sail area: 39 sq.ft. 3,6 m2
Material: Stitch & Glue  

Building method:
This boat is built from flat plywood panels assembled with epoxy-fiberglass tape. The construction method is called "stitch and glue". For a detailed description of the stitch and glue boat building method, see our "How To" section where you will find a complete illustrated tutorial as well as information about epoxy, fiberglass and plywood.
The spars (mast and sprit) are made from 1x3 boards (12x30 mm) epoxy glued together. No shrouds required: very simple.

Required Skills:
The V12 dinghy will take more time to build than our flat bottom boats but the required skills are exactly the same. There are no plywood scarfs: we use very simple butt blocks.

No woodworking skills or special tools are required.

Options:
The sail option is not shown but she can be rigged with a sprit sail, 35 sq.ft. same type of rig than our D4. The sail plans with spars, sails, daggerboard, rudder etc. are included in all plan sets.

Bill Of Materials:
(Excerpts from our BOM)
The BOM list materials based on our standard layout and includes a 15% waste factor for resin and fiberglass. For plywood, we use standard sheets 4' x 8' (122 x 244 cm). Please read the building notes and see the plans for detailed specifications.
This boat can be built from inexpensive exterior plywood since it is completely coated with epoxy resin.

Plywood 4x8' (122x244cm)
1/4" (6mm) 4  
3/8" (9mm) 2  
Fiberglass (totals)
Biaxial tape 6" (or 4" woven) 80 yards 72 m
Resin
Epoxy, total 3 gallons 12 liters

Cost:
The V12 dinghy, rowing version, can be build for less than US $350.00 (1999).

The wooden spars cost around $20.00 in materials. Some builders made their own sails: the dimensions are on the plans, but see our sail kit.

We offer an epoxy fiberglass kit with free shipping in the US. Our kit cost less than the same supplies bought locally. See the main page, top left panel.

Labor:
The average construction time for the hull is 40 hours.

More:
Visit our message board, help pages, tutorial pages and read our FAQ: most questions are answered there.

Plans Packing List:

  • 8 Detailed drawings, large scale with all dimensions required to cut the sides, bottom and the bulkheads from flat plywood sheets: no lofting, no templates required.
  • Drawing List:
  • B110_1 Concept and Specifications
  • D110_2 Expanded Plates
  • D110_3 Construction including plan and profile sections
  • B110_4 Lines and Table of Offsets
  • B110_5 Sailing Version Options
  • D110_6 Full Size Pattern - Sides
  • D110_7 Full Size Pattern - Bottom
  • D110_8 Full Size Pattern - Frames
  • Building notes including a detailed description of the assembly sequence and building tips
  • Sprit Rig Notes
  • Bill Of Materials
  • Help files reference list and more.

Full size patterns for the side panels are in several pieces that must be tiled. Read more information about our plans packages here.

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Supplies:
All supplies to build this boat are available from our online stores :: epoxy/glass/paint and more :: plywood

  

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