Frequently Asked Questions about the PT 11 Nesting dinghy are listed below in alphabetical order. You can scroll down to find what you are looking for or try the search box to the right… If you have a question not found here, please email us. Our email info is on our website PTWATERCRAFT.COM or use INFO@ in front of that. Pardon the code but bad-b0ts just love to abuse email addresses.
Commissioned Builders? I have been contacted by a private boat builders offering their services. Contact me so we can locate a builder nearest to you.
Epoxy hazzards? Westsystem.com has lots of information including safety information. See this page for information about over-exposure.
HOURS TO BUILD? Based mainly on the log of 1 dedicated (hired) builder, 190- 220 hours, start to launch. In this case, he received the kit (including foils) on Dec. 5th and the owner was sailing the boat by Jan 15th. It should be clear that people have different work habits and available time. We would be happiest if no one rushed building their own boat, but rather, takes time to enjoy the project and admire their accomplishment.
Import into Canada? Because of NAFTA, Canadians will only pay 12% of the kit cost and delivery. Canadians who spend 48+ hours in the USA are allowed to return with $800/person of duty free merchandise. Not a bad deal when you do the math. (see ‘shipping international’ below for info on other countries)
Nested dimensions of the PT Eleven? (taken directly from the 2011 prototype) Some articles have published erroneous numbers.
NESTED LENGTH: 6′
NESTED HEIGHT: 20″ at one end, 17″ at the other end.
Non-Nesting version? This is definitely in the plan for the near future as we have had quite a few requests for it. It will have a different interior lay out and probably be a bit lighter as well. UPDATE: The first prototype has launched August 2012! Russell now has to build one since the manual will be different. The interior layout of this boat is different than the nesting version. UPDATE: Kits should be available March 2013. Contact us now if you think this is the kit for you!
PLANS?There may never be plans for this boat as the focus for the next few years is on getting more of this line on the market. There are many many hours of expensive computer work to change the cut files into plans that are workable for even the experienced boat builder. We hope you will consider a kit. With a kit, you will end up with a better boat, much sooner. Additionally; In the process of making this boat the best it can be and still buildable even for amateurs, we use 5 different thicknesses of ply wood and some parts are cut in 3D, such as the stems. It brings to point why building the PT 11 from plans would not be practical. The boat is mostly from 6mm plywood but there are various parts from 12mm, 15mm, 18mm and 24mm. Nobody would want to buy a whole sheet of each of those just to use a small part of them. There would be some costly waste involved.
REEFING THE SAIL? and the shorter top batten to facilitate reefing?… An explanation from Sandy Goodall:
“No, the short batten version did not evolve in order to facilitate rolling / reefing the sail around the mast. We had started with a bigger sail, with a larger roach, and to support that roach we needed the support of the full length top batten. We then decided that we wanted a smaller, simpler (and cheaper to build) sail, which would better suit smaller users, but still be enough for bigger people to have fun. Having said that, the shorter battens DO enable you to roll the sail a couple of times around the mast, which is the only reefing option, but I think the sail is small enough that your 80 pounder is going to do just fine with the sail as is. The way to flatten the sail is to put some pre-bend in the mast, using the vang, for fresh winds. The current smaller, short batten sail works well for someone as small / light at Ashlyn (Russell’s wife), and also for me, at 240 lbs. So I think it’s a good compromise. Enjoy! Sandy Goodall”
SHIPPING OVERSEAS? How Much to ship a kit overseas?
-As of 2012 we have reasonable shipping overseas Port to Port. We are looking into assigning distributors to handle multiple kits at once so that the end receiver would pay less for transport and thus offset importation costs. This would be ocean freight with delivery of 5 to 6 weeks. This price is no higher than quotes for trucking the kit across the USA Other destinations including New Zealand and Australia are expected to be just as affordable. Those of you interested should look into the nearest major ports to your area and what is involved in clearing a kit into the country and getting it then to your door. Kit package dimensions and weights are posted on the website. UPDATE: the shipping is reasonable but port and clearance fees are crazy! Places like Australia in particular, charge high clearance fees. A group order through a distributor is the only way to offset these additional costs. Contact us to find out more.
Side-decks on a larger version? Side decks are nice for racing dinghies but do not work with the nesting parameter. This is a compact nested package and side decks would add a lot of width, for one, as well as a lot of complexity.
Weight? The PT Eleven weighs 85 – 90LBS.