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Boatbuilding Off-Site

Build Your Own Tenderly Dinghy

A classic 10’ lapstrake daysailer.

October 21 – October 26
Chesapeake Light Craft, Annapolis, Maryland
$925 (partner $450)
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Andrew Schroeher
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This is a six-day course ending Saturday

Rowing Version: $2448
Sailing Version (Lug): $4217

Note: Please only register the initial builder and then reach out to the School offices to register any partners that will be joining you.

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.

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. By noon on Saturday, you’ll have an assembled hull, ready for finish work and a sailing rig.

Over the course of the week, students will acquire advanced epoxy and fiberglass techniques, perform basic marine carpentry, and go home with the knowledge needed to get the boat rigged and sailing. Many builders will tow this fine little boat as a tender, but even more will build her for leisurely sailing and rowing ashore.

  • Who is this course best suited for?

    This course is appropriate for someone with little or no experience.  The course is designed around the idea that you have not done this before or know very little about the subject.  Students should pay more attention to suggested readings or videos to help familiarize themselves ahead of time.

    This course involves a high level of activity throughout the week Including: sustained sanding or hand planing, standing and working most of the day.

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