It’s been a long time since I posted anything about my first build, the 8′ Origami Dinghy. The boat got a brief trial and then put away in the garage. === If you recall, I don’t live near water, and the last time I was at the lake, we didn’t take a vehicle that would transport the craft. This last weekend we were out on the water with some friends and I was able to take the little boat along. It had handled storage just fine (although like many of us, it hadn’t lost any weight… that’s my main complaint with it, it’s too heavy). We took it out and I opened it up on the front deck of a pontoon boat. Kind of tricky in that space, but doable. Dane and I took it for a little spin, with a short paddle (all that was around). Still a fun and functional boat!
Wooden Widget has released plans for a new, nifty design. Instead of a "folding" dinghy this time, we have a dinghy that you can remove the bow of and nestle it around your mast or other obstacle.
There is a provision to install a Hobie Mirage drive. This is a "pedal" setup that moves two flexible fins below the water. You stay dry (or at least your feet don’t go in the water), but the boat moves.
Looks slick, although the drive is a bit pricey. Plans are very reasonable and from my experience on my previous build, are very detailed and good.
In the past we’ve had several postings covering the building and use of Barquito. Now David needs to find her a good home.
Check out his site and contact him if you are interested:
Handmade, small craft for day use. One-of-a-kind folding sailboat. This is not a joke. It is a folding boat.
Capacity 300 lbs. Suitable for lakes and protected waters. Fun for one adult, adult and child or possibly two youths. 8 ft long. Can be rowed or sailed. Kept at a cabin near a lake. Sail rig suitable for light to moderate airs. Boat is able to tack, able to make placid progress upwind. Sail rig, Rudder, Dagger board, Anchor, Oars, Fittings included. When folded fits inside a small suv. Wood construction. Good, sound condition. Not suitable for storage in the water. This boat has not been titled or registered. Buyers responsibility Sale will be final.
Have sailed Lake Redman, York. Will demonstrate by appointment. Buyer must pick up at my location at time convenient to me. Reason for sale: Moving to new location, can’t take boat. Asking $425
Our friend Benjy over at WoodenWidget has scored another good writeup about his Origami Dinghy. George Delozier, a regular blogger on InventorSpot.com has provided details on the Dinghy along with several pictures. InventorSpot.com is a neat site covering "the latest inventions, innovations and interesting ideas?"
One thing I didn’t know is that Benjy and WoodenWidget has started sponsoring a "tree planting" program. For every set of plans you buy, a tree will be planted in Benwickshire, Scotland. I think this is really a slick idea. We boat builders tend to use a fair amount of wood, and rely on its availability. Wood is a great, renewable natural resource, as long as its managed and replanted. So buy a plan, build a boat and get a new tree in the bargain.