The "Oryx"
- a General Purpose Dinghy.

Principal dimensions:
        L.O.A.          3.51 m  (11' 6.2")
	Beam            1.55 m   (5'1")
	Sail area       6.42 m2 (69 sqft)

The "Oryx" design concept for a general-purpose dinghy included:
  • Ease of construction
  • Long waterline length for hull speed
  • Hull shape to allow sailing, rowing and economical power use
The hull type chosen to achieve this has a single chine and may be best described as a vee-bottomed sharpie. The benefit being that construction of the basic hull is very simple, while still having a sea-kindly and pleasing shape.

The "Oryx" is a larger sister to the "Dorita", which is however a nesting dinghy.

The hull form, as designed, produces a boat that with the lug rig shown can sail well and provide lots of pleasure for a family, while being stable and safe.

Under oars she will benefit from her long waterline-length of 3.27 m (10' 8.7") and a moderate beam, while the same qualities that make her sail and row well will make her motor at a pleasant speed with even a small horse power engine.

An electric trolling motor would also be suitable.

There is lots of storage space in the enclosed aft seats and the forepeak tank, all of which also provides buoyancy.

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

The hull is built in a simple construction cradle rather than 'free-form'. A cradle makes building a lot easier and ensures accuracy of build.
The plans detail all parts and panels required for the building of the boat as well as all fittings and the rig. Detailed building instructions are included with the plans, illustrating the various tasks in easy to follow steps.

The sail plan above shows the boat with its standing lug sail set on a free-standing mast. Lug sails are among the easiest sails to have on a small boat and combined with the free-standing mast make rigging up at the ramp very quick.

There are few shop bought fittings required for rigging her. A daggerboard and lifting rudder are all you need for the sailing version.
She has been designed to take a short shaft outboard motor. Recommended Power: 2-3.3 HP, but if you beef up the transom she will carry a 5 HP motor.

Rowlocks may be fitted as either primary means of propelling her or as a back-up to the motor.

And if a sail is not required, the internal fit-out can be simplified by omitting the daggerboard case.

Plan Prices
Please read my Ordering Guide
Plans for this dinghy consist of two A0 (44"x33")sheets and one A1 (33"x22") sheet and detailed building instructions.

This set of plans is suitable for lofting all your own hull panels, bulkheads and all other parts and components.
Plan costs:
58 (+/-US$65) - which includes 13 admin (shipping) and entitles you to the building of one boat.

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