12' San Francisco Bay Pelican Plans PDF

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A sailing dory-pram

For printed plans click HERE

In lieu of study plans we have this Pelican Sailboat Article Compilation

SAN FRANCISCO PELICAN 12’ is a unique centerboarder, combining the lines of the famous Banks fishing dory with the Oriental sampan bow, and versatile Standing Lug rig carrying 105 square feet of sail.
PELICAN’S features are a lightweight plywood hull, shallow draft, flat surfing bottom, and constant flare angle at chine, which provides minimum submerged friction. The sampan bow is a big factor in preventing burying and broaching when running before the wind in a swell. Her easy lift, or rocker forward, keeps her slipping along on top of a bow wave. This design feature also gives maximum interior space for the modest length, with greater chine buoyancy stability and speed.
PELICAN’S generous freeboard is 2’ amidships, and the beam down at chine level – “where the action is” – is only 47”, while the dory flare provides a 6’-1-3/4” beam amidships. This flare is so strong that the head and shoulders’ weight of the crew, shifted to windward within the roomy cockpit, gives a righting arm like that of a Catamaran, and keeps the crew dry.

PELICAN’S Standing Lug rig is versatile, weatherly and forgiving! The novice sailor will find the Pelican ideal for training. The mainsail can be peaked up as well as any Gunter or Marconi type and made to do as well to windward. For long distance cruising the cockpit can hold plenty of gear, and picnic supplies, and can be fitted with an awning or boom tent or shelter. She is completely decked with protective coamings around the cockpit. The Pelican is a boat for heavy weather sailing, or for cruising around mudflats, or for competitive racing. Versatile best describes this dry and seaworthy design. It is a great family boat.

Here is an article from the Duckworks Magazine archives

Check out Charlie's Pelican blog for rigging details

PELICAN is ideal for home or special project building.

What's in the plans?

The plans are in the form of a digital file that you can download as soon as you complete checking out. The file is a zipped folder containing further files for three sheets of drawings, a step by step set of building instructions, sail plans, list of materials and hardware and sailing handling information. All drawings and plans come in PDF format and can be printed to hard copy..
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    12 ' S.F. Pelican plans / project

    Posted by James Bland on Nov 1st 2022

    If you would like to build this project, get the 14 ft version building instructions, which are more complete and contain a lot of good information. Otherwise, this is a good project for the beginning or intermediate builder. You get a set of drawings and will need to interpolate items to draw and then cut and install. The jig is easy to construct but will need to be faired to get the correct shapes and bend the chine logs. It took me about 18 months working an average of a few hours everyday to build. Really simple sails are recommended. There are class specifications and I did not vary from these or the plans. The second purpose of the project was to practices with tools and methods to build an OK Dinghy to tighter specifications.

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