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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
tape 6" (or 4" woven)
The V12 dinghy, rowing version, can be build for less than US $350.00
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 40 hours.
Visit our message board, help pages, tutorial pages and read our FAQ:
most questions are answered there.
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.
Concept and Specifications
Construction including plan and profile sections
Lines and Table of Offsets
Sailing Version Options
Full Size Pattern - Sides
Full Size Pattern - Bottom
Full Size Pattern - Frames
notes including a detailed description of the assembly sequence and
files reference list and more.
size patterns for the side panels are in several pieces that must be tiled.
Read more information about our plans
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