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Designed by Lyle Hess specifically for world cruisers Lin and Larry Pardey, the Fatty Knees fiberglass dinghy stows comfortably aboard a small offshore yacht. The clean, commodious interior makes for good carrying capacity and initial stability as well as ease of maintenance. As a good rower and sailor, it’ll be hard to find a dinghy to beat the all-around versatility of the Fatty Knees.

Fatty Knees


 Designer  Lyle Hess
 Length and Beam  8′ and 4̵2″

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    James Perkins says:

    Anyone know the windward ability of the Fatty Knee?

      • Nate Rooks

        Nate Rooks says:

        Hi James – I can’t give anything as scientific as the angle to true wind direction, but I have sailed around small bays with a Ranger Minto and a Fatty Knees 8 on the water and can say that they seemed to point similarly and the Fatty Knees went fairly quickly. The rig seems well designed and its sailing ability belies the considerable beam and carrying capacity.

        So, while not “high performance,” the Fatty Knees certainly goes to weather decently and is a blast to sail.

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          James Perkins says:

          Thanks for your reply! I have been thinking about getting one and just wanted to get an opinion on how she sails. I appreciate yours. Thanks!

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            jay johnson says:

            I have the 9 foot version on my trawler in key west. sails pretty nice.

      • Steve Stone

        Steve Stone says:

        I haven’t asked Lin, but can’t imagine Lin and Larry having a dinghy that sails like a dog.