Build Your Own Tenderly Dinghy
A classic 10′ lapstrake daysailer.
- John Harris—July 9–15
Tuition: $850 (partner: $425)
- Row — $1,898
- Sail — $3,163
In the age of the inflatable, there are still those who appreciate an elegant, well-designed dinghy. A lapstrake tender like Tenderly isn’t all about looks. She will, of course, carry the provisions out to the mothership and tow without fuss. She’ll also be a first-class daysailer or sail-training boat, and can be rowed all day. The stern accepts a small motor if you must.
Tenderly is 10′ long and a bit over 4′ wide. The hull features graceful lapstrake planking and easily driven lines. Stability is solid, and she’ll handle two adults and a child. The traditional interior includes floorboards and scuppered inwales. Rigged with a large, efficient balanced lug sail, she’s sporty and responsive on all points. Wood-epoxy composite construction ensures rugged durability.
With the help of John Harris, Tenderly’s designer, each student will assemble his or her own dinghy from a Chesapeake Light Craft kit. The hull employs CLC’s patented LapStitch construction method, in which stitch-and-glue techniques are used to create lapstrake hulls of traditional appearance. The computer-cut planks are wired together to form the hull, then “welded” with epoxy. The students reinforce the hull with fiberglass cloth and mahogany rails, then add the daggerboard trunk and seats. As with all our courses in which students build their own boat, this will be a busy week, so expect to spend a few evenings after dinner in the shop. By noon on Saturday, you’ll have an assembled hull, ready for finishwork and a sailing rig.