PT Spear

NON- Nesting Dinghy

PT Watercraft PT Eleven, 11ft Dinghy is unique, efficient, functional, modern & attractive.


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Introducing the SPEAR base kit at $1,700

This non-nesting version of the PT11, has fewer parts, making it a simpler boat to build. Dubbed "the Spear" for its arrow shaped foredeck, the biggest differences between the non nester and the nesting dinghy are in the interior geometry. 

Now includes the back seat hatch kit and daggerboard trunk cap kit.

The Spear does not have a full foredeck. A water tight hatch (an option) or deck plate works well to access storage space here. Scuppers from the forward wells through the main bulkhead are possible on the one piece version where they are not on the nesting version.

The backseat is one full seat instead of divided as on the nesting version. There is a hatch in the back seat (included) giving access to a storage. There are also baffles that provide air buoyancy sufficient to balance the air buoyancy in the bow, (forward of the mast step). Air buoyancy is an important safety feature on this boat and the PT 11 nesting dinghy. The USCG has specific parameters for flotation when flooded and we have taken these seriously. 

Besides these differences, the hull shape is identical to the nesting version and rowing and sailing performance will be the same.

The Spear base kit costs significantly less than the Nesting dinghy kit. The boat will be lighter by a few pounds. The various options, including sailing rig, offered for the PT11 nesting dinghy will be the same for the Spear.


Length:11ft  Beam: 4ft 2” with bumper Weight: 85-90LBS

A few more questions?

PLANS for the PT 11?

No. We do not have plans for the PT 11.

Why not?

It would certainly be to our great advantage to have plans. Unfortunately, our boats don't lend themselves easily to being built from plans.

Our kits are designed in CAD from the ground up as KIT BOATS. We have really taken advantage of the kit technology using tongues and slots, scribe marks and alignment notches.

There are 7 hull panels that are put together without any sort of jig (except for the bulkheads and machined gunwales). If the panels are not super accurate, then the bulkheads would not fit.  

Our kits are machined from 5 different thicknesses of ply wood, to both make the boat as light as it can be for its strength and make building it easier.

Our goal from the beginning has been to make this rather sophisticated little boat as easy as possible for anyone to build. To that end, we have written a very detailed, instructional manual that includes hundreds of photos. The  daunting task of writing a manual specific to, and adequate for, building from plans is one we cannot consider right now.

Will you ever have plans?

We hope to one day design a simpler boat that could be built from plans but it would be a compromise.

Do you Ship Overseas?

Ocean freight is actually not bad. It is the port and clearance fees (+fumigation in AU) that are the bummer. Shipments of 3 or more kits can make up the minimum LCL of 1 cubic meter and really spreads out the port and clearance costs. So think group orders addressed to a commercial entity if you can.  Find out what the import costs are in your country. We are also working on paper patterns to replace the lumber kit. This should exempt the kit from the need for fumigation. Recently, AIR FREIGHT has become a viable option as I continue to work with shipping agents.

Canada: 12% - 13% HST. If you are in the USA for 48 hours, there is an exemption on $800 value per person. Contact me for more information. Perhaps you would like to tour the Olympic Peninsula!

At some point we will establish distributors in Europe and Australia but right now I have not focused on setting someone up in other places.  

Materials used in our kits.


We recommend West System Epoxy as being the best choice for this light-weight wood epoxy construction. We offer epoxy kits from WEST SYSTEM.

Epoxy Basics e-book

by Russell Brown Now available HERE.


We cut kits exclusively from Lloyds approved BS1088

Okoume Marine Plywood manufactured in Europe. (no one makes it in the USA) Okoume marine plywood has

become a favorite for this type of boat building. It is comparatively lightweight, strong, and  attractive.


The lumber for our kits is hand picked, Douglas Fir, Mahogany,

Sitka Spruce or Cedar, depending on the parts.


(..ft) of two different weights of fiberglass cloth is needed for the PT SPEAR and is included with the kit.

The 4oz & 6oz cloth is especially finished (F81) for use with epoxy as opposed to polyester resin. Originally, the Spear used 8.9oz cloth as well and this was eliminated in favor of 2 layers of 6oz in key areas. Note:The manual may have references to the 8.9oz that were missed in the revision.

Peel ply also included.

PT Watercraft offers kits for new and unique boat designs that are efficient, functional, modern & attractive.

Our focus is on creating boats that answer the needs of serious cruisers, weekend camp cruisers and environmentally conscious boaters, sail and motor. Featuring: the fuel efficient 18.5ft center console , PT Skiff, Russell Brown’s modern performance nesting dinghy series, carbon marine hardware, water tight hatch kits, hatch toggles or ‘turn dogs’, adjustable wind shields, dinghy rigs, sails, dinghy foil kits, original PTW stainless steel connective hardware, stitch & glue and epoxy instructional books, etc...

R&D by Russell J. Brown with various design collaborations with Paul Bieker and Eric Jolley of Bieker Boats, Jim Franken of Franken Design, Brandon Davis of Turn Point Design, Paul Zeusche of Townsend Bay Marine, Sean Rankins of NW Sails. Special thanks to our honorary consultants, John Marples, Dick Newick, Jim Brown, Brian Clark, Tom George, Sandy Goodall, John Harris, Alex Spear, Tim Nolan, Meade Gougeon, Ted Pike, Chris Grace. Wood for our kits comes from Edensaw in Port Townsend, WA. Our preferred epoxy is WEST SYTEM  from Gougeon Brothers. Publicity thanks to Wooden Boat, Professional Boat Builder, Small Craft Advisor, Epoxy Works, and our customers!..+

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The Spear base kit is pictured left. The plywood panels here are stacked as are many of the parts with multiples.

Shipping Crate Specs:

Length:8ft  Width: 21”

Height:5” Weight: 125 LB.



ORDER a manual for study here.

$40 + shipping.

This manual is 280+pages, mostly in photographs, with instructional text designed to teach the fine art of building with plywood & epoxy efficiently, while building the PT Spear dinghy. Prospective builders can buy the manual only and be credited the manual price upon purchase of a kit.