Introducing the "Pandora"
a sailing dinghy of the sharpie type

Principal dimensions:

L.O.A. 3.55 m (11' 7.8" ), beam 1.54 m (5' 1"),
Sail area - 6.42 m2 (69 sqft).
She has three large buoyancy and stowage compartments formed by the enclosed side seats and the forepeak.


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

Like all dinghies of the flat-bottom, sharpie type, this boat is very easy to build. There are just three hull panels and a transom making up the hull shell. If you are a novice - this is the ideal low stress first project. Whether novice or experienced home builder, you will find the "Pandora" is a lot of boat for a very modest amount of effort.

There is no need for a construction cradle, it is however important to set the boat up so that there is no twist. This is on the other hand not a difficult task. Full building instructions come with the plans, illustrating the various tasks in easy to follow steps.

Building is done on a bench, or on trestles. The interior fit-out consisting of bench seats/buoyancy tanks and a daggerboard case help to give the boat shape.
Sail plan The rendered images show how pretty a boat she is. Note that the bottom of the transom is rounded to achieve a sail friendly shape in the stern section. The heeled shape of this boat type is very important and care was taken to get as effective a hull for windward ability and good speed.

Sharpie 02
The sail plan at left shows the boat with a standing lug sail with yard and sprit-boom. She has a free-standing mast. There are hardly any shop bought fittings needed for rigging her. A daggerboard and lifting rudder are all that is needed to complete the sailing version.

Sharpie 04
The boat itself need not be built purely for sailing. She is designed with a transom height suitable for a short shaft outboard motor. Anything up to 9HP will make it an acceptable fishing skiff. Rowlocks may be fitted as either primary means of propelling her or as a back-up to the motor. If no sail is going to be set, 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.
For a small scale preview of the plans click here...
Plan costs:
53 (+/-US$60) - which includes 13 admin (shipping) and entitles you to the building of one boat.

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