General purpose dinghy
The original “Jane”, designed in
1985 sold almost 100 sets of plans showing the strong popularity
of the simple, inexpensive multi purpose boat of this size.
“Jane’s” seem to stay with their owners
for a long time suggesting that their virtues outweigh their
faults, they are used for all sorts of purposes from duck
hunting, through recreational sailing and even a competitive
rower who wanted something more seaworthy than a single shell
in which to train on choppy days.
designed four years and a number of experimental designs later,
with the benefit of feedback from “Jane” owners was intended
to provide an improvement on the original both in terms of
performance and building methods.
The aim here was to reorient the boat from a
rowing boat that would sail, and carry an outboard at a pinch
to a sailing boat that would row, and ditto for the eggbeater.
She sails well, well enough to get out and enjoy racing in
a club dinghy fleet. Surprisingly she rows even better than
the earlier boat, particularly when loaded, and the extra
beam made her a lot nicer under power.
This boat, like all of the other lapstrake sided
boats featured is built upright on a simple jig and is particularly
suited to first time builders.
Changes in the construction method make it easy
to turn out a really nice job without adding to the cost or
with many of my customers, John Darling bought a set of plans
from me and with regular contact over some years has become
a good friend. His “Janette” came after many years
of experience in boating. Experience that covered all sorts
of craft, the only thing they all had in common was that they
were all considerably larger than this one.
John rows his some of the time, sails her regularly
and occasionally uses a small motor to take the grandchildren
out on the river. Sailing he finds that she is smooth and
comfortable but surprisingly quick for her lack of fuss, only
outdone by the ability to cover the miles under oars the boats
performance has been a revelation to him and those of his
friends who have not had a chance to try a light and well
proportioned small boat.
For those who want to use a little “eggbeater”
to push them out past the point in pursuit of the elusive
fish, for those who find peace in exploring a quiet tidal
creek under oars and for those who want to get away from it
all under sail Janette has worked out to be a friend. Simple,
inexpensive and with a real touch of class in her lines.
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