The Bocar 8 is born out of a wish to get even! A couple of years ago I was asked to design a 6' dinghy which would form the lid of a car roof box. I duly did this but received no Royalties - the product featured on two TV programs in the UK, died a death and then rose again 'Pheonix-like' and can now be seen in Australia!
The original design is what it is - a little 6' boat for one person to use on sheltered inland waters.
This new design is a big improvement on the original little 6' dinghy - it is a much more practical and useful boat being almost 8' long, wider and slightly deeper. The aft end has been modified with more buoyancy to make it more practical for use with an outboard and as a proper yacht tender - and the new design is multi-role - she can be built in one piece as a standard (non roof box) row, motor and sailing dinghy - or built as a roof box or built to split into 2 nesting halves with a total approx. size of 1.25m x 1.2m x 0.53m (4'1" x 4' x 1'9") excl. skegs.
Also note - the aft end sections are parallel which means that the hull can be lengthened or shortened easily by extending or shortening the panels aft of amidships.
The Bocar 8 is a proper yacht tender, fishing boat or a boat to teach the youngsters to sail in.
Bocar 8 Particulars
|Hull Mid Depth||1'5"||0.43m|
|Draft (average with skegs)/ incl.daggerbaord||8"/2'6"||0.20/0.76m|
|Sail Area||34 sq.ft||3.15 sq. m|
|Approx. Dry Weight||65 lbs||30 kg|
|Hull Shape||Multi-chine - round bilge, pram bow|
|Construction Method||Stitch & Tape Plywood|
|Major plywood requirements for hull||3-4 sheets of 6mm (1/4") plywood|
|Guidance Use||2-3 adults rowing/motoring - 1-2 adults sailing|
|Drawing/Design Package||4 x A1 + 1 x A1 drawings + 8 x A4 instruction sheets|