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
|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|