First and foremost, what a pleasure to meet our first builders who came to pick their kits up at our shop. I am very excited about having them build the PT Eleven and look forward to their contributions to our builder sharespot.

The process of getting a stack of kits out the door has been a lesson in economics among other things. I will write more about that soon. In the  meantime, I have put together a slide show of all the things that go into the basic PT Eleven nesting dinghy kit. We hope our current builders and those to come will agree, this is a great kit and a special little boat. That's all for now...:)

For those choosing to make their PT Eleven with the sailing option, we created a watertight cap for the dagger board trunk.
We chose G10 - Garolite in order to have a strong and stiff cap that would be as thin as possible (1/8th inch) so we could keep the profile very low and still be water tight. The dagger board trunk opening is close to the seat and the rower would actually sit over it with 2  people in the boat. Also, having a good lid is important if you would want to tow the boat.

The optional kit consists of a machined G10 Garolite cap with gasket groove & stiffener groove, gasket, mahogany stiffener, machined Garolite spacers,  plastic washer, plastic tether washer, tether string, turn-dogs,  and fasteners.
PT 11 Daggerboard Cap kit

Below you can see the cap installed.
Installed Dagger Board Cap

When sailing with the dagger board down, the turn-dogs also serve to keep the board down by resistance on the aft end and looping the string over the forward one. :)

Hello All,    Before I update the blog with any news, I would like to invite everyone interested in the nesting dinghy series from PT Watercraft, to take a moment and fill out our questionnaire.  Your input is our best guide for certain developmental decisions along the way.  Many thanks!  Click here to go to the questionnaire.

There are several options that we have been working on to be able to offer for this boat. I will begin posting them.  Pricing will be announced on our website soon.

We are using Australian made Gaco gated oarlocks because they work beautifully and they are lightweight and also because of the reduced pin size.
The socket only requires a 5/8” hole. We plan to offer both the oarlocks, sockets and riser blocks kit as shown as an option.

When nested, the forward half touches the after half in four places, three of which are edges against edges. Leather pads glued on with contact cement nicely protect these edges. The leather pads that we sell have a center-line mark to help position the pads.

June was a month of distractions, delays and details that slowed progress on the the nesting dinghy.
One of those distractions was a turning point in our carbon eyestrap production.  Demand for these little hand crafted eyestraps has increased. This is good news! However; our previous production method was not meeting demand effectively.
It became evident that we needed to improve our production method quickly so we settled on a new design and we had a mold mold CNC machined. We combined the “long” and “short” sizes into one size for the single eyestrap. This size can still hold 2 lines or bungee of up to 1/4inch diam. The following photo shows cross sections of all three designs and the next photo shows a top view comparison.
From now on, we will only carry the new size and they can be ordered via the order form on our website or send us an email.
From far left: long eyestrap, short eyestrap, the new single eyestrap.
From top to bottom; long eyestrap, new single, short eyestrap.

Foil kit for the PT Eleven (shown finished)  These are prototypes of the foils we will be offering in kit form. The foil shape (naca 0012) is NC machined from Okoume plywood in 2 halves. We bond the 2 halves together in a vacuum bag and the builder does the finish work.
PT 11 kick up rudder

Hello to all,

After 8500 miles, many weeks on the road with the PT Skiff and meeting so many and yet not all of you, we are back at work in Port Townsend. We will highlight the trip on our blog soon. The boat logged some good sea miles, some in extreme conditions and performed very well. Lots of people took the wheel, from friends and their children, to designers, boat builders and critics, and all clearly enjoyed the boat and expressed very positive opinions and reviews.

We spent 3 days in Brooklyn Maine at the Wooden Boat Magazine headquarters and Aaron Porter has posted a review of our boat alongside Graham Byrnes’ “Marrissa”.


While we were away, the first kit sold was completed and launched in Seattle. See photos of ‘PIKA’ on the photo album page of our site. The builder also wrote on the forum. 25HP was used on this boat with impressive results.


We would have liked to make several other stops along the way but we simply ran out of time. We hope we will see many of you at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend in September.
We are currently accepting orders for kits to be cut in August. The sooner the better for getting your order confirmed, as knowing our quantities will expedite shipping.

We look forward to hearing from you.  A&R