12' 3" Plover Double Ended Swampscott/Surf Dory

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This design is based on a double ended version of our 12' 4" Petite Brise Swampscott dinghy.

Swampscotts as a breed usually have a narrow 'tombstone' transom making them more or less double ended (semi Swampscott dorys have a wider transom) - when they end up with a true 'sharp' aft end, they become 'surf' dorys

She can be constructed in stitch and tape or, using the building jog details given, in clinker/ply.

The Plover can be built as a pure rowing boat or with the rig - details for a daggerboard are shown but there is also room for a centreboard. She is a jaunty and attractive little boat that can take 2 or 3 sailing and 3 or 4 rowing.


Below are photos of the first Plover by Leo Jefferies - this is a clinker/ply version.

Below is an example by Adrian Bilek  

12' 3" Plover Double Ended Swampscott/Surf Particulars

LOA 12'3" 3.74m
Beam 4'6" 1.38m
Hull Mid Depth 1'6" 0.46m
Draft 5 3/4"/2' 11 1/2" 0.145/0.9m
Sail Area 68 sq.ft 6.33 sq.m
Approx. Dry Weight 115lbs 52kg

Hull Shape

Narrow flat bottom plus 4 planks per side
Construction Method Stitch and tape plywood
Major strip wood requirements for hull 6 sheets of 6 or 9mm plywood
Guidance Use 2-4 adults sailing and rowing - may have an outboard to one side mounted on a beam
Drawing/Design Package 4 x A1 drawings + 48x A4 instruction sheets
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