A 9' Flat-Bottom Skiff
By William Atkin
A Utility Dink
Someone wrote me a few days ago and remarked that a dink of any kind was a nuisance whichever way one looked at her; and in a measure he is right, especially if it becomes necessary to carry the said dink on deck. My correspondent felt, though, that of all dinks the flat-bottom model was the one which gave the least trouble and by the same token had the greatest number of good points.
Of course there are flat-bottom dinks, and flat-bottom dinks -- some of these being excellent kind of craft; others not so good. The bad feature of most dinks is that they are too heavy, and this applies especially to the flat-bottom kind. Another bad feature in a flat-bottom boat of any kind is lack of flare to the top sides. I have noticed that skiffs which have a broad bottom and nearly perpendicular sides are very cranky, and very wet as well, if rowed in choppy water.
In Carryme, the nine-foot dink shown here, the weight of all scantlings has been kept down to the minimum and the construction is simplified so as to eliminate every unnecessary part. She will not weigh over 80 pounds when completed, which is not bad at all. Nine feet of length seems to be about the inside limit for a skiff nor can the width be cut to much under the 3 feet 6 inches shown on the plans. A boat of this kind has ample capacity for two and will carry three with a good margin of safety. She will row easily and tow well. There is enough freeboard for comfort, and still is not so deep as to be dreadfully in the way when turned bottom-side up on deck.
Large scale plans for Carryme are $100
Carryme may also be built from The Small Boat Book
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