The "Normus"
- a Large Nesting Dinghy.

Principal dimensions:

        L.O.A.       4.00 m  (13' 1.5")
	Beam        1.59 m    (5' 2.6")
	Sail area    7.0 m2   (76 sqft). 

She has buoyancy compartments in each half, i.e. in the enclosed aft seats and the forepeak and is generally very spacious and stable.

Where usually one is looking for a small take-apart dinghy to occupy just that little bit of available space - this dinghy is aimed at (and been requested by) owners of fairly large yachts which have ample foredeck space, yet want to maximise this space.

The nested dinghy will occupy a space 2.04m x 1.59m (6'8" x 5' 2.6") on your foredeck - only half its full length. Assembled this dinghy's size will enable ferrying of lots of people and gear to shore. With an outboard motor it will be possible to take on fairly long trips as a family who enjoys sailing to remote places is bound to be faced with.

Sailing and rowing have been catered for and will extend its use in an anchorage, especially for the children.

Material: 6mm (1/4") Marine plywood
Method: Epoxy stitch and glue (taped seam)

The ply/epoxy "Normus" will weigh about 59kg/130lb if built with Okume ply and is of the single chine type for simplicity of build. The ease of assembly can be seen in the Pinta assembly animation ..

For this dinghy I designed a standing lug rig. The lug rig is one of the simplest as well as effective rigs. Lug rigs have good performance to windward and the boomless main makes for a safe cockpit, excellent for recreational sailing!.

The standing rigging consists of a mast, which just slips into the boat without any shrouds or stays and a yard.

Both are simple 'poles' that can be made from standard aluminum pipes or timber depending on preference.
With its long waterline length, the 'Normus' will be easy to row, so I recommend fitting rowlocks at the mid thwart.
For longer hauls of course an outboard motor can be fitted. The transom height is suitable for a short shaft outboard motor.
Suggested power: 3.3-6 HP, max. 15HP.

The plan shows how much space the boat offers for a family. Note the aft seats with removable fill-in side seats and a good rowing position on the mid-thwart. PLAN

Plan Prices
Please read my Ordering Guide
Plans for this dinghy consist of three A0 (44"x33")sheets and one A3 sheet, plus detailed building instructions.

This set of plans is suitable for lofting all your own hull panels, bulkheads and all other parts.

Plan costs:
58 (+/-US$65) - which includes 13 admin (shipping) and entitles you to the building of one boat.

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