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Roy Mc Bride
The Institute of Carpenters
The Optimist Dinghy
The Optimist Dinghy has been around for 57 years. This is a perfect design to complete between parents and their children. It is also has an Olympic Class of it's own making it the ultimate extra mural activity.
Originally made in wood it was then replaced by a 'GRP' design. This design seemed to be stronger and much lighter than the older wooden boats.
The Wood-Epoxy design is still built to the original class rules but certain changes were made to make the design lighter and even stronger than the 'GRP' design at a fraction of the price. With adding the additional thin epoxy saturation to the hull it keeps the boat's surface from drawing in moisture that could add weight.
Our kit is complete with the materials needed to construct the new Wood-Epoxy Optimist. We also supply a building jig which is strongly recommended to assit in both the building and measurement of the boat. The Optimist can be supplied in a heavier grade Ply if training is all the boat will be used for, this being a cheaper option. (This price is available on request.)
What the boat consists of:
The Building Jig:This is used to shape the new Wood-Epoxy design's lower panel, you can shape this yourself but our Jig Kit sets you up right away. It is made from two 16mm chipboard panels, 600mm x 2700mm. The jig is all CNC cut to shape and can be used a number of times.
Price: On request
Complete Sail Away Optimist
This is a finished hull and all deck gear,rigging & sails needed to sail the boat!
That includes building,painting and fitting equipmentThe following equipment is included:
Silver Optiparts mast
North Clubman sail
Floatation bags x 3
Other parts on requestPrice: On request
Kit Instruction Manual:This consists of the step-by-step process to construct the Wood-Epoxy Kit included with all our kits.
Optimist Plans:You can purchase your plans from the 'International Optimist Dinghy Association'.
This will get you a booklet and a set of plans to build the Optimist. But BEWARE errors have unfortunately been found with these plans. A past test project using these plans proved that the dimensions were incorrect. If you attempt to build an Optimist using these plans it will not measure within Class Rules!
We have rectified these errors in our kit design although we do advise that should the Class Rules be important to you that you dry assemble your kit, remove it from the jig and have it measured prior to gluing together. We used this process when rectifying the errors and had the boat Tub tested by a recognized measurer.
Grand Prix, NZ radial:
Prices: On request
Deck Gear:All the deck gear is genuine HARKEN ®
#2651 - 40mm Tl-Lito Block
Spar set:All the bellow parts are genuine OptipartsTM
#975 Black-gold set complete
All OptipartsTM equipment is available from us.
All prices are in RSA Rand and exclude local VAT. It is important to take into account that the above prices DO NOT include delivery, shipping or packing costs. All prices are subject to change without notice.
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