I’ve had a notion for a long time to build a wooden sailboat and teach myself to sail in it. I chose the Passagemaker Take-Apart Dinghy because I could build it and store it in my suburban two-car garage. I wanted the added complexity of a jib to make it more of a challenge to sail properly. The kit is fabulous and goes together like Legos. Minimal fitting required. It weighs only @95 lbs, so it sits on the water like a leaf. The launching was uneventful, and within minutes, four of us piled in and went rowing about Castaic Lake. I then rigged the sails and went out solo to give it a go.
CHIME (it’s a little dinghy) is a Chesapeake Light Craft Passagemaker Dinghy. The kit was a family gift, and building help came from all of our children and kids, and Captain Hook (our dog, who endured many hours on the garage floor watching epoxy dry). She will explore protected canals, lakes, and rivers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Pictured at the River Bend Farm on the Blackstone Canal in Uxbridge, MA.
This Passagemaker dinghy, one of Chesapeake Light Craft's designs, was built by Mark R. Allen of Reston, Virginia, for Brian White. Intended for use her as a tender for the White family's trawler, the dinghy will see use in Chesapeake Bay. The pram can be fitted out with a gunter rig for sailing. Here she is rowed by the builder's daughter, Catherine, on launching day. Contact Mark at email@example.com.