A handy boat that can be rowed, sailed and powered with up to three large adults and can ‘nest’ to take up less space. This is a take-apart version of the standard PassageMaker dinghy.
Take-apart or ‘nesting’ dinghies can be disassembled to take up less space when stored on the deck of a yacht or in the garage. The Passagemaker Take-Apart is identical to the standard boat, except that the front 1.15 m (3′ 9″) unbolts and stows in the rear 2.35 m (7′ 9″). The interiors of both standard and take-apart versions are identical; there are no compromises made to rowing, sailing, powering, or towing ability in the take-apart design, although the take-apart weighs about four pounds more. Outwardly it's actually difficult to tell the difference between them.
We recommend 8ft oars for this boat.
The rowing hull kit includes:
Broken inwales add elegance to any boat by mimicking the ends of the ribs in traditional frame-built boats. This option includes everything you need to install broken inwales in the Passagemaker Take-Apart:
Some trimming and fitting will be necessary. Broken inwales take longer to install because each block has to be carefully positioned and glued in place. Sanding and varnishing are also made more complex. We recommend reading the installation instructions before deciding to install broken inwales.
This describes all of the techniques used during the building and also a step by step guide to construction. Scale drawings are used throughout as well as photographs of critical jobs.
This contains full sized drawings of the panels with the cutting instructions so it is possible to build the boat from scratch using these plans and manual. Note that these are large drawings.
This is intended for pre-build study or to help with the decision to purchase. Reading this manual will help you decide whether or not you can build the boat. It is the manual that accompanies the kits. It describes all of the techniques that will be used during the building and also a step by step guide to construction. Scale drawings are used throughout as well as photographs of critical jobs.
If, later, you decide to purchase the kit the cost of this printed manual will be deducted from the kit price.
This does not contain the plans of the panels with the cutting instructions so it is not possible to build the boat from scratch using only this.
The construction manual for the boat is also available as a PDF download. After credit card authorisation a download link will be sent to the email address put on the order form.
A sailing option can be retrospectively fitted to the PassageMaker rowing hull to turn it into an able sailing boat. There is a standard gunter sloop rig and an alternative lug rig. Either sailing rig can be added to the boat at any time, even years after the rowing version is complete. Please note that the base kit (or a completed hull) is needed in addition to the sailing option.
The larger gunter sloop rig comprises a 58 square foot mainsail and a 19 square foot jib.
The simpler balanced lug rig is quicker to set up, easier to handle and can be reefed or stowed more easily while out on the water. It's not quite as fast as the sloop rig, but it might win if you count setup time on the beach.
The sailing options include:
The sailing options do not include the warp – it is in the rope packages.
The rope packages contain the warp. The sloop rig rope package includes sail lacing, main sheet, main halyard, jib sheet and jib halyard. The lug rig rope package includes sail lacing, main sheet and halyard.