Webb 8 by David Webb

09 May 2021 09:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

This is a design I did back in 1979 for an 8-foot dinghy. I have built a number of these as well as a version stretched to 10 feet long. It has proved to be a very good dinghy design, rows well and sails extremely well (I used to sail rings around the Sabot fleet in Marina Del Rey with the prototype). I would like to enter this in the dinghy design competition in addition to the one I sent yesterday. The sail on this is virtually the same as the one on my other design, so the junk sail I drew would also fit this, but would need a boomkin for the sheeting.


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  • 22 May 2021 00:33 | Anonymous member
    This is the one I like most, of David’s three submissions – it is perhaps the “sweetest” of all the entries. It has classic looks and I imagine it would perform very well under oars or sail.

    It almost seems too nice to use as a boat’s tender – a role which to me is more utilitarian than the lines of this little boat call for. But I can imagine a varnished version of it attracting admiring glances as it sails around a crowded anchorage.

    I am not sure if it calls for a junk rig - maybe a little sprit sail (not too big) which Worcester informs us would be the rig of choice for a small boat in the days when the junk rig reined in China.

    I would not build this little pram because I don’t think my building skills would be up to it.

    But I would be deighted to own one.


    (I have only one misgiving: what is the point of that forward-facing daggerboard? It seems to jar a little, to my eye - does not sit in harmony with such a pretty, traditional little boat.).
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    • 22 May 2021 11:02 | Anonymous member
      A couple of comments in reply to your's Graeme. I have explained the forward raked daggerboard in my reply to your comment on AD. With this dinghy I used to sail rings around the Sabot fleet in Marina Del Rey. I once sailed the length of one of the arms of the marina to windward and beat a Sabot by half the length of the arm. The prototype would actually produce a wake that trailed to leeward indicating that the daggerboard was lifting the dinghy to windward in excess of the amount of leeway she was making. The dinghy looks quite complex but all three of the strakes have one straight side and a constant bevel on the plank edge that can easily be cut on a table saw or radial arm saw, which makes lofting quite easy. When building the prototype I made a building jig of the whole dinghy from the lofting. It had a frame at each if the stations and a false bow and stern transom lofted to the inside of the designed mahogany transom. I installed stringers at the chine points which helped in cutting the shaped edges of the planks. Two people could cut out the parts in the morning and assemble the dinghy in the afternoon. I have probably built twenty dinghys to this design and they have consistently pleased their owners. Once the building jig is made building additional dinghies is very easy, so she is suitable for small production runs. With this type of construction I prefer not to rely entirely on the glue, although it has proved very reliable and I have not had a failure; I arm the jig stringers with a 3mm thick strip of steel (trim the stringer by 3mm to allow this) then can use 17mm copper tacks at about 100mm centers along the laps whch then clench back against the steel face of the stringer and give additional support and clamping pressure to the lap joints.
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  • 25 May 2021 09:20 | Anonymous member
    As a one person sailing dinghy, this is a wonderfully pretty design, and I could see it being carried as a plaything aboard a large yacht. But as a working two person tender for a medium sized yacht, I don't see it as a very practical solution.
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    • 27 May 2021 08:51 | Anonymous member
      David, I often had two people in this dinghy and it was no problem. On a few occasions, we even crammed in three and she managed that OK as well. About 20 of these have been built in Southern California, all as yacht tenders, and I have received no complaints with regards to its suitability for the task. This design also rows very well, one of the 10 foot versions was timed at just under five knots in a rowing race in Santa Barbara.
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