PT Spear

NON- Nesting Dinghy

PT Watercraft PT Eleven, 11ft Dinghy is unique, efficient, functional, modern & attractive.

 

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Introducing the SPEAR base kit at $1,900

This non-nesting version of the PT11, has fewer parts, making it a simpler boat to build. Dubbed "the Spear" for its arrow shaped foredeck, the biggest differences between the non nester and the nesting dinghy are in the interior geometry. 

Kit includes the water tight back seat hatch kit, daggerboard trunk cap kit, and GACO oarlocks with machined Mahogany riser blocks. See our Welcome page and PT 11 home page to understand the pricing of our kits.

The Spear does not have a full foredeck. A water tight hatch (an option) or deck plate works well to access storage space here. Scuppers from the forward wells through the main bulkhead are possible on the one piece version where they are not on the nesting version.

The backseat is one full seat instead of divided as on the nesting version. There is a hatch in the back seat (included) giving access to a storage. There are also baffles that provide air buoyancy sufficient to balance the air buoyancy in the bow, (forward of the mast step). Air buoyancy is an important safety feature on this boat and the PT 11 nesting dinghy. The USCG has specific parameters for flotation when flooded and we have taken these seriously. 

Besides these differences, the hull shape is identical to the nesting version and rowing and sailing performance will be the same.

The Spear base kit costs significantly less than the Nesting dinghy kit. The boat will be lighter by a few pounds. The various options, including sailing rig, offered for the PT11 nesting dinghy will be the same for the Spear.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Length:11ft  Beam: 4ft 2” with bumper Weight: 88-90LBS

A few more questions?

PLANS for the PT SPEAR?

No. We do not have plans for the PT 11.


Why not?

It would certainly be to our great advantage to have plans. Unfortunately, our boats don't lend themselves easily to being built from plans.

Our kits are designed in CAD from the ground up as KIT BOATS. We have really taken advantage of the kit technology using tongues and slots, scribe marks and alignment notches.

There are 7 hull panels that are put together without any sort of jig (except for the bulkheads and machined gunwales). If the panels are not super accurate, then the bulkheads would not fit.  

Our kits are machined from 5 different thicknesses of ply wood, to both make the boat as light as it can be for its strength and make building it easier.

Our goal from the beginning has been to make this rather sophisticated little boat as easy as possible for anyone to build. To that end, we have written a very detailed, instructional manual that includes hundreds of photos. The  daunting task of writing a manual specific to, and adequate for, building from plans is one we cannot consider right now.

Will you ever have plans?

We hope to one day design a simpler boat that could be built from plans but it would be a compromise.


Do you Ship Overseas?  NOT AT PRESENT

Ocean freight is actually not bad. It is the port and clearance fees (+fumigation in AU) that are the bummer. Shipments of 3 or more kits can make up the minimum LCL of 1 cubic meter and really spreads out the port and clearance costs. So think group orders addressed to a commercial entity if you can.  Find out what the import costs are in your country. We are also working on paper patterns to replace the lumber kit. This should exempt the kit from the need for fumigation. Recently, AIR FREIGHT has become a viable option as I continue to work with shipping agents.


Canada: 12% - 13% HST.  Contact me for more information. Perhaps you would like to tour the Olympic Peninsula! We can also ship to pick up locations on the US side of the border.


At some point we will establish distributors in Europe and Australia but right now I have not focused on setting someone up in other places.  

#Materials used in our kits.

EPOXY

We recommend West System Epoxy as being the best choice for this light-weight wood epoxy construction. We offer epoxy kits from WEST SYSTEM.


Epoxy Basics e-book by Russell Brown Now available HERE.


PLYWOOD

We cut kits exclusively from Lloyds approved BS1088 Okoume Marine Plywood.

Okoume marine plywood has become a favorite for this type of boat building.

It is comparatively lightweight, strong, and  attractive. Russell hand picks sheets from stacks at Edensaw Woods in order to get the least sapwood, flattest sheets, and most attractive grain he can find. Okoume is plantation grown in Gabon and the plywood is manufactured by France, Holland

and China. The highest quality with the least glue voids is by far the European brands. Therefore; We do not buy Chinese plywood.


LUMBER

The lumber for our kits is hand picked, Douglas Fir, Mahogany, Sitka Spruce or Cedar,

depending on the parts.


FIBERGLASS

Two different weights of fiberglass cloth is needed for the PT SPEAR and is included with the kit.

The 50” wide 4oz (x21ft) & 6oz (27ft) cloth is especially finished (F81) for use with epoxy as opposed to polyester resin.

Peel ply also included.


METAL

A local machinist sources high grade stainless steel stock for our connective hardware. The hardware is machined in small batches with emphasis on accuracy. They are beautiful parts designed specifically for this boat. We do not sell them individually for other projects. We cannot be sure they will work on another design as the alignment system is also critical.


Carbon Fiber

Our alignment Clips are molded carbon fiber. Russell makes these parts in batches in our shop. Our sailing rig mast and boom are also made from carbon tubes, custom made by Innovative Composites in White Salmon WA.

Russell also makes the fiberglass tubes used as mast steps.


Other epoxy, G10, & Delrin parts are made or machined locally from stock we purchase from McMaster Carr. There is a great deal of hand work that goes into creating many little essential parts included in your kit.

PT Watercraft offers kits for new and unique boat designs that are efficient, functional, modern & attractive.

Our focus is on creating boats that answer the needs of serious cruisers, weekend camp cruisers and environmentally conscious boaters, sail and motor. Featuring: the fuel efficient 18.5ft center console , PT Skiff, Russell Brown’s modern performance nesting dinghy series, carbon marine hardware, water tight hatch kits, hatch toggles or ‘turn dogs’, adjustable wind shields, dinghy rigs, sails, dinghy foil kits, original PTW stainless steel connective hardware, stitch & glue and epoxy instructional books, etc...

R&D by Russell J. Brown with various design collaborations with Paul Bieker and Eric Jolley of Bieker Boats, Jim Franken of Franken Design, Brandon Davis of Turn Point Design, Paul Zeusche of Townsend Bay Marine, Sean Rankins of NW Sails. Special thanks to our honorary consultants, John Marples, Dick Newick, Jim Brown, Brian Clark, Tom George, Sandy Goodall, John Harris, Alex Spear, Tim Nolan, Meade Gougeon, Ted Pike, Chris Grace. Wood for our kits comes from Edensaw in Port Townsend, WA. Our preferred epoxy is WEST SYTEM  from Gougeon Brothers. Publicity thanks to Wooden Boat, Professional Boat Builder, Small Craft Advisor, Epoxy Works, and our customers!..+

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PT SPEAR primary links:  Options info  - Ordering - Builder Center

PT SPEAR primary links:  Options info - Prices  - Builder Center

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The Spear base kit is pictured left. The plywood panels here are stacked as are many of the parts with multiples. The daggerboard trunk cap kit, backseat hatch kit, and GACO oarlocks and riser block are not shown here.

Shipping Crate Specs:

Length:8ft  Width: 21”

Height:5” Weight: 125 LB.

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ORDERING

ORDER a manual for study here.

$40 + shipping.


This manual is 280+pages, mostly in photographs, with instructional text designed to teach the fine art of building with plywood & epoxy efficiently, while building the PT Spear dinghy. Prospective builders can buy the manual only and be credited the manual price upon purchase of a kit.    

Options for this kit include the glue on bumper kit, a water tight hatch kit for the foredeck, a pattern for a tailored cover, Mahogany foot brace kit,  and the rudder/daggerboard kit and high performance sailing rig. PT_Spear_OPTIONS.html