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Car-Topper 9 Sailing Rowboat
 
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A Large, Stable, Rowboat - Optional Sailing Rig

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Car-Topper 9™
 
Richard Martin's Car-Topper 9 under sail
 
 
Plans: $55
Partial Kit: $95
 
   
 
Specifications
LOA: 9'   Shape: Hard Chine
Weight: 37 lbs.   Keel: 6" Rocker
Beam: 52½"   Sail Area: 35-50 sq .ft.
Depth: 17"   Capacity: 500 lbs.
Draft: 4" @ 250 lbs   Building time: 100 hrs est.
 
     
 

The Car-Topper 9™ Dinghy is a hybrid structure with a plywood bottom and aircraft topsides. The combination has proved to be an outstanding success, resulting in a large stable rowboat that carries three people with a generous freeboard. The use of a plywood bottom makes it more utilitarian...sturdy enough for a small outboard. yet why bother when the boat weighs less than the motor.

The sailing rig was added to the prototype boat as a retrofit. It worked out very well with a modest size rig driving the light hull easily. I had a 35 sq. foot Dacron sail built. Here is a place to experiment with a low cost JIFFY-SAIL. The boat is so stable that it will easily carry a larger sail in medium air, so try one about 50 sq. feet.

 
         
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