Preview: My Favorite Dinghy – The Nutshell Pram, by Harry Bryan

May 18, 2017

Harry Bryan

The 7'7" Nutshell Pram

Right away I must say that I don’t like designating any person or thing as “the best”. It is such a bummer for all the other contenders. Having said that, I have no problem in putting the Nutshell Pram in the hard to beat category. When we needed a dinghy as tender to PATIENCE on a voyage to Australi, I bought the plans for the 7’7” Nutshell. I modified the bottom forward slightly, eliminating the V-shape so that I could do that part of the boat with cross-planked cedar. This was not meant to be an improvement, but to create a hull that I felt could be easily repaired with basic materials in some remote spot. That dinghy rowed two adults and two young teenagers across many wide harbors in spite of its small size.

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