Dixi Dinghy by Dudley Dix

3:1 plywood dinghie

Length overall8' 2"2.5 m
Beam4' 2"1.28 m
Weight49 lbs22 kg
Sail area46 sq. ft.4.23 m2
Hull construction Stich-n-glue
Gallery 7 photos
See also Argie 10Challenger 13

URL: http://www.dixdesign.com/dinghies.htm


  • Multi-purpose, can be rowed, motored or sailed and are light enough for one person to lift on and off the family car or yacht.
  • Simple stitch and glue construction, can be built with the minimum of tools, no previous boatbuilding experience and in very little space.
  • Step-by-step instructions included in plywood plans.
  • Can be the ideal quality time project for a youngster with Dad's assistance or Dad with Junior's help.
  • Build as a school project which actually has some use after achieving your passing grade.
  • Practical winter project, build one for fishing on your local pond, as junior's "my boat" or as a tender to your big boat.
  • Built-in flotation compartments and a simple sail plan make them great for learning to sail, whatever your age.

The DIXI DINGHY, was commissioned as a sailing yacht tender for very simple construction in stitch and glue plywood. As a rowing/powered boat, all hull panels can be cut from two sheets of 6mm (1/4") plywood, including forming bouyancy compartments fore and aft. Additional plywood is required to make up the rudder and daggerboard. The rig is free standing, supported at keel and bow thwart and is easily stepped. The mast is in two interlocking pieces and the sail is sleeve luffed and loose footed. All rig parts stow within the hull.

As a sailing fun boat she is highly manoeuvreable and nippy with an adult or two children. As a tender she will comfortably carry four adults and gear in calm water. Load capacity will vary with water conditions.

Hardcopy plans include fully dimensioned panel cutting diagrams, hull sections, construction details, sail plan, spar details, building instructions and materials list. Construction is very simple. It is not even necessary to construct stocks over which to build them and they are turned into whichever position is most convenient for the operation which is in progress at the time.

Dixi Dinghy

Plan shape
Plan shape
Hull section
Hull section

Photo gallery

Ben Howson with his Dixi Dinghy
Ben Howson with his Dixi Dinghy

With outboard
With outboard

Frames with holes. This is normally a closed box and floatation area
Frames with holes. This is normally a closed box and floatation area


Two people aboard Dixi Dinghy
Two people aboard Dixi Dinghy

On top of a compact car
On top of a compact car

Dixi Dinghy with sailing rig
Dixi Dinghy with sailing rig

See also

Design Length Beam Sail area Engine power Compare
Argie 10 Argie 10 by Dudley Dix
3:1 plywood dinghie
10' 2"
3.1 m
4' 5"
1.35 m
57 sq. ft.
5.25 m2
Challenger 13 Challenger 13 by Dudley Dix
Plywood Lapstrake Sailing Dinghy
4 m
5' 3"
1.6 m
95 sq. ft.
8.79 m2
up to 8

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