design is for a simple but very practical dinghy. It is based on a pram
built some years ago in the Caribbean and that gave many years of reliable
service. The requirements were typical of a dinghy for a long range cruising
boat: must fit on deck, be easy to launch and retrieve, stable, must row
well in a chop, have a capacity of 2 or 3 persons. It will also take a
small outboard and a sail.
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.
D5 dinghy is very easy and fast to build, there are no butt joints. The
sides are cut from one standard sheet of plywood.
No woodworking skills or special tools are required.
There are two sail options for the D5 dinghy: marconi (triangular) or
sprit sail, as in the drawing on the main page. The sprit sail is our
preferred one: low center of effort = more stability and the spars stow
in the hull.
Of Materials: (Excerpts
from our BOM)
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.
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.
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.
The average construction time for the hull is 30 hours.
Visit our message board, help pages, tutorial pages and read our FAQ:
most questions are answered there.
drawings , large scale with all dimensions required to cut the sides,
bottom and the bulkheads from flat plywood sheets: no lofting, no templates
size patterns for the transom and frames.
plans with all dimensions for spars and sails, marconi and sprit sail
notes including a detailed description of the assembly sequence and