Drake 11' Sharpie Plans

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The DRAKE series of ply sharpies are based upon very simple construction methods. Pre-shaped side panels are bent round frames and transom. An external chine stringer is then added followed by the bottom panel. The plans show basic construction and rig but the designs may be adapted for many different uses, ie., open motor fishing, beach camping, coastal trekking etc. The North American sharpie, upon which these designs are based, is a study in functional simplicity. They have high initial stability and are efficient sailing boats. You cannot really get a more simple shape to construct and yet their simplicity belies the sailing pleasure that sharpies give. The Drake 11 is an 11’x 4’ simple ply rowing skiff or sailing sharpie. For 1/4’’ or 3/8’’ ply. Sprit rig is shown but may be adapted to any rig. Note that details can be given, if required, for stitch and tape construction.


Drake 11' Sharpie Particulars

LOA 11' 3.36m
Beam 4' 1.22m
Hull Mid Depth 1' 3 1/2" 0.39m
Draft 4 1/2"/3'3" 0.11/0.99m
Sail Area 55 sq.ft 5.12 sq.m
Approx. Dry Weight 70 lbs 31.7 kg
Hull Shape Sharpie - flat bottom single chine
Construction Method Ply on frame and stitch and tape
Major plywood requirements for hull 4 1/2 sheets of 6mm exterior or marine plywood.
Guidance Use 2-3 adults

Drawing/Design Package

2 x A1 drawings + 5 x A4 instruction sheets
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