Dinghy Caravela 1.7

The dinghy Carvela 1.7 is available as free plans in our site in internet. This is a small contribution our office wishes to offer to the community of home builders. Owning a sailboat is the ambition of many of us and one of the most rewarding ways of obtaining this goal is by means of amateur construction.

Luis Gouveia, the naval architect member of the B & G Yacht Design office, having his three years old daughter Juliana as crew in a Sunday sailing aboard the Caravela 1.7 Pinta. Marina da Gloria, Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Roberto Barros

In the case of the Caravela 1.7 we wanted to allow potential amateurs to embrace the challenge of building a low cost, easy to make dinghy that would introduce them to the sport of sailing. The boat would also serve as a test for those willing to build a larger boat, however wishing to try something smaller before embarking in a more ambitious plan.

The dinghy Caravela 1.7 was custom designed to fit the Multichine 28 flush foredeck. This photo was taken during the visit of Pedro Pinto, a dentist from the distant Azores, who is a great supporter of the designs produced by our office. Photo: Roberto Barros

The dinghy Caravela 1.7 was custom designed to serve as tender for the Multichine 28 cruising sailboat project. Since this ocean bound sailboat has an unobstructed flush foredeck, we were consulted by many of our clients about the possibility of carrying a solid dinghy on it. So we felt it was a nice idea to provide a plan for building a dinghy tailored to fit on that place, leaving enough room for the crew to circulate around it without feeling cramped. As the dinghy was initially included in the Multichine 28 stock plan package, we had the idea of offering it for free to anyone who wanted to build her. We have no idea of how many Caravelas 1.7 were built to date, but there are a lot of stories about the class, from the Norwegian sailor who reached a base in the Antarctic Continent towing his sailboat with one of these dinghies, to the weird case of another one that made a flight during a fierce tropical storm, taking off from the deck where it was stowed, to get tucked on the spreader of another sailboat on the other side of the pier. For us from B & G Yacht Design it will always be a pleasure to be acquainted with new stories that different sailors who chose to build a Caravela 1.7 might have to tell us. You are welcome to contact us by the e-mail info@yachtdesign.com.au, or by the personal e-mail of Roberto Barros, robertobarros@hotmail.com, builder, together with two other friends, of three Caravelas 1.7, the Santa Maria, the Pinta and the Niña.

The Caravela 1.7 is a joy to be sailed in light winds. Even though we specified a mainsheet system for her, we discovered later that the best way to control the sail is by holding the boom with the arm. Photo: Eileen Barros

Caravela 1.7. Photoshop: www.ideebr.com

We wanted to allow potential amateur boat builders to embrace the challenge of building a low cost, easy to make dinghy that would introduce newcomers to the hobby of amateur construction, and next opening the doors of the sport of sailing to them.

Click here to download and print the building manual of the Dinghy Caravela 1.7