PROJECT

8-ft dingy


LOCATION

Sarasota, Florida


DESIGNER

L. Francis Herrshoff


COMPLETION

1973


COMMENTS

I wanted to build a Herrshoff but all I had was a carport. Having poured over L. Frances Sensible Cruising I picked the dingy for Marco Polo. But at this early age I lacked the skill to build to his lapstrake building plans so I converted the construction to strip planked composite. A crude early project I was functional and lovely none the same.


FOOTNOTE

These punt bowed dingies, of which there were many (Boston Whaler built one for years,) all suffered from little to no buoyancy forward. Worse yet the wide squared bow encouraged boarders to think they could step into the boat up forward - bad idea. It was this characteristic that helped shape the bow on my design (see Courier.)