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10'-6" Yacht Tender "Sunshine" plans


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Hull Dimensions:
LOA=10'-6" Beam=4'-1" Depth Amidships=1'-7"
Wt=165 lbs (deduct 45 lbs for rowing version)

Sunshine seems to be everyone's all-time favorite. The original boat was built about 1915, and there is no way to improve on her. She is what yacht tenders are supposed to be-you can dump nearly any load into her and she'll still row easily and will track at the end of the painter without yawing or running down on the towing vessel in a following sea. Not only that, she's pretty. They have been built from our plans not only here in the US, but in Canada, in Europe, in Asia, and even in Australia.

We just received photos of a new Sunshine built out on Vancouver Island by Mark Jacobsen of Hillmark Boats, and she's a beauty. Have a look...


This one, Australia, was built by Jerry Jenkins.



More than a tender, she's a great little solo boat, easy and fun to sail. This is Lapwing on launching day. She's 10'-6" overall, and as you can see, sprit rigged. Her primary function is as a tender for a Dark Harbor 21 and she frequents the waters of Penobscot Bay (Maine), eastward to the waters around Mt. Desert Island and beyond.


They've been built traditionally with lapstrake cedar planking, and as successfully with with plywood planking, strip construction, and even cold moulding. She can be shortened to 9'-0" or lengthened to 12'-6" simply by altering the mould spacing. She is a very straightforward boat to build. It takes a professional about 125 hours to build and finish one (slightly longer for a sailing model, less for glued lapstrake). The plans have been enlarged and further annotated since they were first drawn and now include not only lines and offsets and construction plan and the sprit rig sail plan seen here, but also the new lug rig sail plan.

When you place an order for plans, understand that what you are purchasing is the construction rights for one time use only–and every plan page is so marked. A royalty amounting to 50% of the original cost of the plans is due on subsequent boats built from our boat plans. So if you decide you would like to build a second (or third, or fourth) Duck Trap Wherry for example, and the plans cost $65, then the royalty would only amount to $32.50 per boat.


Here's a lovely Sunshine completed by Jack Vincent...

jackssunshine.jpgYes, of course she sails. Her original rig was a spritsail, but a lug sail has recently been added to the plan package for even more versatility. She doesn't purport to be all things to all people, but she's surely close. We've built Sunshines here at Ducktrap since the 70s, and our clients just love them. In one family, she was even written into the patriarch's Will so that she would be sure to remain in the family. They truly are special boats.



 If you are going to build her, you should have the plans as well as the lofting.
You can loft her yourself, or if you're short on time, we have one already completed.

Click here for information on our Sunshine lofting.

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