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August 13, 2015

Protechwood – How to Establish Your Personal Boat

Review NOTES FOR 12′ 16′ & 19′ DOLPHIN BOATS

Significant information and facts on developing your possess boat!

From time to time I’ve been asked the issue “I’d enjoy to possess a modest boat, is it tricky to develop one?” It is really actually surprising the appears to be like of doubt when I response, “No, no, no! If you know what to do and you happen to be willing to make investments a little time you can do it quickly!” The up coming issues that normally stick to are “How much time?” and “How much will it cost?” Perfectly, normally talking, that actually is the “How very long is a piece of string issue!” and it can differ fairly a bit.

Persons differ of study course, and what may well take two or three weekends for one may well painstakingly for others, take a few of months. The short response is, “It is dependent how speedy you function, but two or three weekends need to be regular at a rough guess.” In 1998 the Picket Boat Affiliation chose a Dolphin sixteen to construct at the ‘Down by the River Festival’ at Brisbane. In spite of numerous instances of VB’s the boys managed to develop a 16′ Dolphin (non sailing model) in two afternoons and current it to a fortunate prizewinner.

HOW Significantly?

When again, fairly tough, some folks will splash out on camel hair paintbrushes and six pairs of throwaway overalls and new gloves… currently they’ve put in 30 odd dollars a lot more than the up coming chap who nonetheless has his fist wrapped all around his dollars. For the regular homebuilder they need to be in a position to construct this boat for somewhere around $seven hundred.00 to $one thousand.00, if they you should not take into account their possess time. 30 to forty hrs labour need to be adequate to entire this undertaking to a sensible conventional. Remember, cost for products differ considerably all in excess of the state and this must be taken into thing to consider!



To start with, it’s a easy composite epoxy and glass ply boat, just underneath twelve ft by six ft in beam, big ample for a few of older people and a motor roughly up to five to seven hp. It is really secure, open, has a few of seats and will take inshore waters in its stride. I favor to assume of it as an open family members/fishing craft that can be made use of in rivers, estuaries and lakes.

The DOLPHIN sixteen…Ability AND SAILING Variations

This is generally the exact as the 12 but is built of 4.five sheets of 6mm ply and is strengthened a lot more for the sailing model by way of additional glass in the chainplate places and longitudinal stringers for the flooring. There are three rigs to pick out from. The ‘Batwing Gunter Rig’, the ‘Balanced Lug Sail’ or the ‘Standing Lug Rig’. See diagrams. In addition, the sailing model has a 10′ x 10″ keel that is ballasted by the inclusion of two 35 kilo lead ingots glassed into the keel for the duration of design. Also, there is a rudder made of Oregon, coated in glass. Make sure you note that a simpler plywood and glass model can also be developed if expected. The mast is a solid Oregon piece 12′ with an 8′ spar for the standing lug rig model.


The 19 foot Ketch is the most up-to-date addition to the fleet. She also is a frameless boat, an prolonged Dolphin sixteen with a few of additions. The dimensions are 19 foot by six foot beam and she has a 20 inch freeboard but this can be prolonged to 22 inches at the expenditure of the sheer line curve. There is a five foot foredeck that prospects back to the major mast. This mast is positioned immediately at the rear of the bulkhead that the deck alone sits on. There is ample storage underneath this deck for additional flotation or equipment storage as expected. Entrance to this location is through the cutout in the bulkhead.

The craft has the choice of two keel configurations, an eighteen inch keel or a twelve inch keel depth that runs approx. two thirds alongside the boat’s size. This is made from solid Oregon and offers the strong backbone desired for the frameless style and design. There is also provision for twin bilge keels that let straightforward beaching and use of a somewhat a lot more shallow keel, all around nine/10 inches. Ballast for the boat is 4 lead ingots that are developed into the keel alone and is somewhere around one hundred fifty lbs in weight. It is envisaged that the boat, ballasted, need to be in the location of some 450 lbs (210 kgs) unloaded.

The rig is a twin mast Ketch configuration with a jib location of 19 square ft, the mainsail, 56.five sq. ft and the mizzen mast, 24 sq. ft in location. This is approx one hundred sq. ft complete sail location. The rig is a standing lug, boomless with a prime spar somewhere around eight ft very long. A gaff rig is also doable for this boat, in actuality the first Dolphin 19 consumer in South Australia has opted for this rig. The craft is intended to sail with jib and mizzen by itself and need to supply much a lot more home aboard in this configuration. For any extended jib/mizzen configuration a somewhat bigger jib location would supply improved sail equilibrium and ability.

The twin masts are either very clear Oregon or very clear spruce but the spruce different would be rather expensive! They are planned round from 4 inch square inventory and are quick to make if an electric planer is made use of. They are soaked in epoxy and then finished in anti extremely violet varnish to prevent ‘milking’ of the epoxy. An unusual feature of this style and design is the twin galvanized wire stays on just about every mast. This presents a standard search but also adds a major safety element. The solid Oregon chain plates, put outboard of the hull supply an interesting previous fashioned traditional search to this very flexible little sailing craft.

As with all the Dolphin assortment the hull is beamy and commences with a vee sectioned bow that falls absent to a flatter 7 degree hull base to supply lots of beam stability. There is no floor in this style and design but that is not to say that one could not be quickly added if expected. The main cause for not such as a floor in the authentic style and design was for obtain to the bilge location for cleaning and to prevent h2o lying in the boat unseen, a main result in of harm in boats still left unattended for a when.

The boat is intended to take an outboard engine (10-12 hp approx) that could be attached to the transom with an outboard bracket but it is doable to in shape an inboard if expected. This necessitates the addition of engine beds and a floor and was omitted actually since of the additional time and labour expected to put in.

This craft was intended with intention to supply a flexible straightforward to develop ‘proper little boat’ for the operator that would like a boat that is a ‘no fuss’ style and design that can be developed making use of very easy, straightforward develop techniques that actually do absent with surplus develop moments. There is very little a lot more frustrating than hacking way for weeks developing complex frames that must interlock with sophisticated “mortise and tenon joints” and the like, necessitating fairly state-of-the-art woodworking skills that are normally just a bit further than the regular D.I.Y. chap. If you can use a jig noticed, tape evaluate and a sanding machine and combine up epoxy glue, the Dolphin 19 will be an straightforward undertaking for you. Really don’t fail to remember that we are only a cellular phone connect with absent and satisfaction ourselves in our right after gross sales ‘help line’ that is out there for guidance and aid anytime for the duration of normal hrs!!

The Dolphin 19, with its easy, two page A1 system and instruction ebook does absent with the have to have for tiresome lofting and calculations typically expected. It actually is a lot more like a easy scenario of ‘join the dots’ developing that the Dolphins are getting to be very well known for. A hundred and fifty homeowners can not all be wrong!!

WHAT Form OF Development IS IT?

Fundamentally, the 12 footer is developed from three sheets and a 50 % sheets of 1220 x 2440 6mm plywood and the sixteen footer from 4 and a 50 % sheets of 1220 x 2440 6mm plywood and the 19 foot Ketch, six sheets of 1220 x 2440. They are developed making use of a easy ‘stitch and glue’ strategy making use of epoxy resin glue thickened with Q-Cells or Microspheres and then layered on the outside the house with a strong layer of three hundred gm biaxial glass fabric and epoxy resin. The directions contained in the system entirely detail to the very last degree just about every procedure that will be desired to develop these boats. The designs, known as the ‘easybuild’ strategy demands no complex lofting but a very easy ‘join the dots’ strategy that can be drawn specifically onto the ply. For example, the total boat (a 12) can be drawn up in one afternoon and all the styles lower out. The finished weight, minus motor, is somewhere around 30 odd kilos depending on the weight of ply, epoxy and glass that you use. The transom is a solitary piece of ply somewhere around 20mm in width. Constructed with these composite products, it’s strong, tough, particularly light and with treatment will very last for several years.


All dimensions for the previously mentioned equipment are supplied with the system and all equipment is out there from any local chandlers. The equipment expected is easy, inexpensive and straightforward to develop for a first time builder.

WHAT Instruments WILL I Need to have?

Not numerous. A jigsaw, clamps, an orbital sander, a drill and maybe an electric planer and a belt sander with a number of assorted quality belts would be useful!

Components – 4 sheets ply for 12’…4.five sheets for 16’…six sheets ply for 19′

Plywood sheets 1220mm x 2440mm ply, suitable for boatbuilding. There are numerous and many helps make and grades and I am going to not enter into that can of worms, suffice to say that with the use of epoxy composites you will not be limited always to ‘marine ply’.

1 piece 15mm ply 3′ x 6′.

Close to six metres 300gm bi-axial fibreglass fabric.

12 litres Epoxy resin.

Q-Cells or Microspheres.

A variety of assorted widths of Hoop Pine or Meranti 40mm x 10mm for rubbing strakes.

1 roll of glass tape, somewhere around 4″ broad.

Copper wire or electrical ties.

Quite a few polystyrene fruit bins.

20 or 30 10 x 40 clipboard screws (for momentary holding needs).

1 litre Epoxy primer.

1 litre gloss enamel.

Quite a few very long, slim battens for curves, somewhere around 15′

Components expected for the sails and sailing equipment will be stated in the designs and can be diversified if expected upon guidance from your rigger or sail maker.

The rate of the designs can be uncovered on the web page stated underneath.

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