Introducing the OGA dinghy: designed for young (and old) gaffers

CNC cutter at work for the first OGA dinghy
©Tony Kiddle

The OGA dinghy, designed by Andrew Wolstenholme and intended for home build, was presented to Members at the AGM in London, 13 January 2018.

The overall length of 13'6" and beam of 5'3" (4.1 x 1.6m) makes the dinghy a comfortable size for building at home in the garage, easy to tow behind a small car and yet large enough for family sailing. The single chine hull form follows from the popular dinghies of the 1950s and 1960s: Hornet, Graduate, Scorpion, GP14 etc. but with a more classic appearance with a sweeping sheer and raked transom.

Construction is a variation on stitch-and-tape using CNC-cut components, which lends itself to building from a pre-cut kit. Partly with simplicity of build in mind but also functionality, she has a lowered deck in the same style as the Mirror Dinghy, useful for lessening the risk of lines going overboard and providing more sprawling space for children. The versatile design allows for sailing, rowing, sculling or outboard motor.

Download the specification and plans here or treasurer [at] oga [dot] org [dot] uk (subject: OGA%20Dinghy, body: I'm%20interested%20in%20finding%20out%20more%20about%20the%20OGA%20Dinghy.) (contact Tony Kiddle at the OGA for more information).

18 Jan 2018