Westray 9 Plans

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Several years ago I was asked by PJS Boats to draw up a modified Highlander 16 dayboat with a real seagoing jaunty sheer and plenty of stability to take a powerful rig. The Westray 16 was born and later they asked me to design a smaller dinghy in the same manner - practical, powerful, good under sail, oars and outboard and with the same jaunty sheer line. This became the Westray 9 which was well received by the magazines.

PJS Boats stopped trading and the Westray 9 was lost until I unearthed the plank and frame shapes when searching for another set of drawings. I always thought that I would like to fully draw her up and now I have taken the opportunity to do so and offer her to all boatbuilders.

The drawings include details for stitch and tape construction and the mould shapes and building jig details for clinker ply construction. Also included are two rigs - a simple balanced lug sail and a cat-like gaff main and the plans also have details for both a daggerboard and pivoted centreboard arrangement.

Westray 9 Particulars

LOA 9' 1/2" 2.76m
Beam (outside gunwales) 4' 2" 1.27m
Hull Mid Depth 1'6" 0.45m
Draft 4 3/4"/2' 6" 0.12/0.76m
Sail Area 46 sq.ft 4.3 sq. m
Approx. Dry Weight 90 lbs 41 kg
Hull Shape Multi-chine - round bilge, 4 planks per side
Construction Method Stitch & Tape Plywood & Clinker Ply
Major plywood requirements for hull 3 sheets of 6mm (1/4") plywood
Guidance Use 2-3 adults rowing/motoring - 2 adults sailing
Drawing/Design Package 6 x A1 + 1 x A1 drawings + 6 x A4 instruction sheets

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