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Build Your Own Tenderly Dinghy

A classic 10′ lapstrake daysailer.

Tuition: $850  (partner: $425)


  • Row — $1,898
  • Sail — $3,163

Note: This is a six-day course ending Saturday afternoon.

Tenderly Dinghy

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.

Tenderly Dinghy

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.

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.

Tenderly Dinghy


WoodenBoat School, 41 WoodenBoat Lane, PO Box 78, Brooklin, Maine 04616 USA
Tel: 207-359-4651, Fax: 207-359-8920

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