Sinbad Nesting Dinghy Plans PDF

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A nesting dinghy for your yacht

Plans for this dinghy consist of two A0 (44"x33")sheets and one A1 (33"x22") sheet and detailed building instructions.

Principal dimensions:


L.O.A. 3.08 m (10' 1")

Beam 1.43 m (4' 8")

Sail area 5.20 m2 (56 sqft)

Length after taking apart: 1.61 m (5' 3").


The "Sinbad" nesting dinghy was the first of a series of 'Nesters'. Later designs included the "Sinbad 2", which is a larger version of the original. The design of this newer, larger dinghy evolved and it was time to incorporate developments and improvements in the original "Sinbad".


The plans have been so extensively updated that it really became a new design:

The basic pram dinghy shape was retained in a refined form, while shortening the nested length by 100mm (4").

The foredeck has been raised.

The method of joining the two hull secions which was improved in "Sinbad 2" has been incorporated. This allows assembly in the water or on deck in a very short time.

The rig has been changed to a standing lug rig on a free-standing mast. The lug sail is very easy to deploy.

This popular dinghy is spacious for its size, like all pram type dinghies. There is lots of storage space in the enclosed aft seats and the forepeak tank, all of which also provides buoyancy (the net volume is over 125 liter, about 127kg (280 lb)in sea water).

She combines being a usefully sized tender with modest deck space requirements (1.61 m x 1.45 m (5' 3" x 4' 9")) in its take-apart and stowed form.



Material: 6mm (1/4") Marine plywood

Method: Epoxy stitch and glue (taped seam)


The hull is built in a simple construction cradle rather than 'free-form'. A cradle makes building a lot easier and ensures accuracy of build.

The plans detail all parts and panels required for the building of the boat as well as all fittings and the rig. Detailed building instructions are included with the plans, illustrating the various tasks in easy to follow steps.


The sail plan above shows the boat with its standing lug sail set on a free-standing mast.


There are few shop bought fittings required for rigging her. A daggerboard and lifting rudder are all you need for the sailing version.


She has been designed to take a short shaft outboard motor. Recommended Power: 2-3.3 HP, but if you beef up the transom she will carry a 5 HP motor.

Rowlocks may be fitted as either primary means of propelling her or as a back-up to the motor.


If no sail is going to be set, the internal fit-out can be simplified by omitting the daggerboard case.


And of course if a take-apart dinghy is not required, just leave out the second mid-bulkhead during the build.

Preview of Plans for "Sinbad" Nesting, Sailing Dinghy

A thumbnail preview of the plans package for this dinghy is shown below:

The two larger sheets are of the metric A0 format - (44"x33")

Whereas the third sheet is A1 format - (22"x33").

Every part necessary for the construction is shown clearly and fully dimensioned for easy lofting.

Included in the package is a detailed 30-page manual containing step by step building instructions, list of materials, notes on materials used in the project and epoxy application techniques.

Aside from the info contained in the appendix of the manual you will find a lot of additional info in the how-to articles collection which may be accessed via the Tips, Tricks, Articles Menu on the WaveDancer website.

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