The PT Dinghy was designed as a performance double-handed hiking boat to be built at the Wooden Boat School in Port Townsend, WA (a center for traditional wooden boat building in the Western United States). The intention was to use the project to introduce students to lightweight wood/epoxy construction, carbon/epoxy detailing and metric units (I refused to do the project unless it remained in metric units). She is a beautiful, fast and well mannered sailor. One interesting aspect of the boat is the carbon gaff rig – a combination of tradition and bendy tipped skiff mast technology.
Three PT Dinghys have been built at the Wooden Boat School and one was built by Tom George in Port Townsend.
The hull bottoms are a 6mm thick triple diagonal cold molded combination of mahogany and red cedar.
The sides are 6mm okoume ply and the deck is 4mm okoume ply.
Foils were built in carbon/epoxy/foam in CNC machined female molds.
The carbon spar and booms have been provided by several manufacturers.
LOA: 4.65 m
LWL: 4.47 m
Beam: 1.80 m
Displ: 77 kg (complete)
Mast Height above DWL: 6.4 m
Jib Area: 3.90 sqm
Main Area: 8.92 sqm