Preview: Shellback Dinghy

May 18, 2017

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Putting our biases aside for a moment, if you count the Shellback Dinghies on the dock in Center Harbor, you will find that it easily wins the most popular award, partly because it’s a fun boat to race. She’s fast, seaworthy, and pretty. Isn’t that enough? Her bottom is narrower than the Nutshell Pram, making her tippier but faster. A nice all-around performer, which is easy to build, clean and paint.


 Designer  Joel White
 Length and Beam  11’2″ and 4’5″
 Weight  100 lbs.
 Price  $75 (Plans)
 Capacity  2 Adults
 Versatility  Row and Sail
 Construction Type  Glued Lapstrake
 Hull Material  Plywood


Ratings Chart

 Rowing  ★★★★★
 Sailing  ★★★★
 Ease of Towing  ★★★★★
 Initial Stability  ★★
 Load Carrying Capacity  ★★★
 Ease of Maintanence  ★★★★
 Affordability  ★★★★
 Car-topable/Portability  ★★★★
 Ease of Build  ★★★★
 Off Center Factor  ★★★★★


How to Purchase

You can purchase the plans and the kit for the Shellback Dinghy on the WoodenBoat Store website.


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