All about Nesting

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



LOA: 11ft    Beam: 4ft 2”

(Beam includes the rubber bumper.)

Weight: 90LBS


L: 6ft  x W: 4ft 2” (incl. our bumper)

H:20” bow/stern end, 17” bulkhead end.


Assembly in the water.

Our key to easy and fast assembly (of the two hull-halves) is to separate the two main functions of aligning the two halves and joining them.  The alignment hardware is molded from carbon fiber, but it is robust and affordable for us to produce.


The connective hardware, used to join the two hull halves as they are correctly registered by the alignment hardware, are CNC-machined from 316 stainless steel. This hardware consists of threaded sockets to be bonded into the forward half of the hull, and sockets with threaded pins and knobs to be bonded into the aft half; these parts are pre-positioned in the structure. Clip rings ride on the pins to make them captive, and this system allows assembly of the boat in the water without leakage.

See a Video Demo  or  the Demo Album

“Nesting” in this case means that this boat comes apart and the 2 halves nest one inside the other.

It means that a relatively large dinghy can be stored in half the space of its one piece relative.

Each half is also that much lighter and one person can launch or store this boat with far more ease than either an inflatable, or most hard tenders.

In the case of the PT 11, the boat can be assembled in the water, further enhancing practical usage for one or two people.

Read more below.

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!..+

USCG Safe Capacities Rating:

4 people or 518LBS  OR

600 LBS. Persons, Motor & Gear

Max HP: 2

39” at the transom
4ft 2” overall with bumper
4ft at the connective bulkheads
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Additional note:

Inside width of foredeck at main bulkhead = 40”.

Inside height from foredeck to top of gunwale at main bulkhead = 6” increasing to over 7” at the bow.

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