The #DASH12 performance sailing dinghy was created following a lunchtime conversation between team members at Devon Wooden Boats Ltd. We were reminiscing about our younger years of sailing single handed performance dinghies.
So we decided to design a boat we’d love to sail. We started a separate company Dash Dinghies Ltd – to avoid distracting from Devon Wooden Boats’ specialist restoration work.
We started with a blank sheet. Firstly, we knew we wanted something that’s fast. Something that looks cool, curvaceous and stylish. We designed it to be exciting and rewarding for intermediate and experienced sailors alike; and versatile, to suit different sailing conditions. Being traditional shipwrights, we chose to build in wood – it’s what we know, and it’s environmentally friendly.
Any colour you like!
There are crowds of standard white GRP dinghies. We can paint your #DASH12 any colour you like! Marine paint suppliers will provide us with any RAL shade or match a sample.
We wanted a dinghy for all conditions – great for inland, lake, river or estuary. Something that would be enjoyable in the lightest of winds and rewarding in blows.
This led us to design the #DASH12 as a scow with a wide planing hull, a hard chine, and slight rocker. A scow has great forward buoyancy, while the shallow hull is fast, and the reduced rocker gets the boat planing early. The hard chines reduces the wetted area as the boat heels, gives form stability and more buoyancy.
Less hiking out
The hull width and form stability provide a greater righting moment, so there’s more sail power available for less hiking out – you don’t need to be an athlete!
Multiple rig sizes
We felt ease and speed of rigging is important – less time in the dinghy park and more time on the water. The #DASH12 has hoisting sails which are reefable too. The available sail sizes are 4.7m², 5.7m², 7m², and 8.1m². They’re easily interchanged to suit all ages, crew weights & conditions.
Easy to sail
We’ve put all the controls on the centre thwart within easy reach, so you can concentrate on trimming the boat rather than moving around the cockpit. It’s easy to handle and the cockpit is kept clear.