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FireBug


Category: Sailboats (other)
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The FireBug is a 8 foot (2.4m) small wooden sailboat that you build yourself at home, at the sailing club, school or community group. Construction is optimised for learners and it is a complete lesson in boat building - build a 'Bug and then go on to something bigger or more complex.  Construction is wood and plywood. The plans, instructions and full size patterns make things almost foolproof. So you learn wooden boat building and teach yourself to sail. The FireBug sails well with adults or kids and 2 up for tuition.

Originating in Auckland New Zealand, the FireBug is very popular — so far almost 1000 planpacks have gone to more than 30 countries. More than 500 of the small sailing dinghy have been successfully amateur built. Great fun.

Supplies for the woodwork are easily obtained locally, sails spars, hardware etc are available in kit form. Cost is 35-50% the cost of an equivalent off-the-shelf boat. Buy planpacks from the website using PayPal. Now is good!



DESIGN SPECS
Designer:
John Spencer/Peter Tait
Year of Design:
1995
LOA:
8 feet (2.4 Metres)
Beam Length:
4 feet (1.2 metres)
Draft Length:
Varies
Displacement:
60 lbs (27 kg)
Materials:
Wood
Other
Propulsion:
Wind power
Skill Level to Build:
Beginner/any level
Cost:
$US70
Website:
Contact Information:

P O Box 47 042
Ponsonby Auckland 1144
New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 360 1076

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