If you’ve been thinking about building a PT-11 nesting rowing/sailing dinghy, don’t watch this video. If you do, you will DEFINITELY want to build one…
Not having any actual work to do, and not wanting to let a warm sunny day go to waste, I launched the PT 11 and captured a few pictures of it; something I had neglected to do since first dropping it in the water last fall. Then I went for a sail around the harbor and marina. Well, half sail, half becalmed. A repeating pattern of about 5 minutes of the former followed by 5 minutes of the latter. Even in barely perceptible wind, the PT 11 makes enough speed to steer… and when the wind got up to, I’d guess 2-4 knots at times today, it starts scooting along nicely. I’m looking forward to a good 5-10 knot afternoon.
It’s been a while since I posted anything, so I thought a brief update was about due.
Among many other small jobs, I replaced the ‘hailing port’ on the transom:
Although I used to work as a sign painter many years ago, and would have enjoyed doing the lettering the old fashioned way, with a brush and good ‘ol “One Shot” paint… as I found out doing “SKYE” on the port side, my hands aren’t as steady as they used to be, and working from a dinghy don’t help much. So I ordered some vinyl lettering, and was pleasantly surprised to find the letters of very high quality and astoundingly thin — about as thick as a coat of lettering enamel would have been. Worked great.
Almost done with the new dinghy. Just the paint remaining for the outside of the hull, and some various small bits yet to attach. I’m pretty sure I’ll have it ready for duty before I need to depart for Port Townsend in early Sept. Should be very cool to row, sail and motor.
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Meanwhile, back at the ranch…
In addition to making steady progress on SKYE’s list of things to do, I’m building a new dinghy for SKYE — a PT 11 nesting dinghy from Port Townsend Watercraft. Heck of a neat design, and the kit is fantastic. Having a fine time putting it together… the precision of the pre-cut parts is astounding, and the excellent (thick as a phone book) manual makes it very easy to build correctly.