The "Sinbad"
- a 'Nesting Dinghy' for your yacht.

Principal dimensions:
        L.O.A.          3.10m (10' 02")
	Beam            1.43 m   (4' 8")
	Sail area       5.20 m2 (56 sqft)

	Length after taking apart: 1.61 m (5' 3"). 

The "Sinbad" was the first of a series of 'nesting dinghies' (the forward half nests into the aft section) and is of a size that just suits a lot of yachties and increasingly recreational sailors as there is no need for a trailer or much space in the garage.

The pram shape is of course a good load carrier and "Sinbad" can handle a crew of three grown-ups quite safely. This makes for efficient ferrying to and from the yacht or for exploring away from the anchorage or your favorite sailing grounds near you.

A small outboard, oars or the standing lug sail can be used to power the boat on these trips.

The "Sinbad" design has been updated after the larger "Sinbad 2" was developed as it incorporated a number of improvements that needed to be implemented in the original "Sinbad".

The changes to the design are:
  • The basic pram dinghy shape was retained in a refined form, while shortening the nested length by 100mm (4").
  • The foredeck has been raised.
  • The method of joining the two hull sections which was improved in "Sinbad 2" has been incorporated. This allows assembly in the water or on deck in a very short time. See animation .
  • The rig has been changed to a standing lug rig on a free-standing mast. The lug sail is very simple to make up and also easy to deploy.
This popular dinghy is spacious for its size, a feature of all pram type dinghies.

There is lots of storage space in the enclosed aft seats and the forepeak tank, which also provides buoyancy (the net volume is over 125 liter, about 127kg (280 lb)in sea water).

She has modest deck space requirements (1.61 m x 1.45 m (5' 3" x 4' 9")) in her take-apart and stowed form.

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.
Nest 06
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 first new Sinbad has been built in France as tender to the family's cruising yacht. The picture above was taken in the Caribbean and they tell me that the little boat is being admired by the many fellow cruisers they meet up with.
The sail plan above shows the boat with its standing lug sail set on a free-standing mast.

There are very few shop bought fittings required for rigging her. A dagger board 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.

If no sail is going to be set, the internal fit-out can be simplified by omitting the dagger board case.

And of course if a take-apart dinghy is not required, just leave out the second mid-bulkhead during the build!

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.
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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