Re: Folding Dinghy

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Posted by Mike Field on August 05, 2016 at 17:59:10 user mikefield.

In Reply to: Folding Dinghy posted by Alex Forbes on August 04, 2016 at 19:28:26:

Folding boats that I've read about had canvas bottoms and endposts, wooden sides, and wooden burden boards and thwarts that kept the boat's shape when inserted. More modern versions were designed, using hypalon instead of canvas. Your Fliptail looks like a nice extension of the design.

Wiki has an article on folding dinghies, which includes (very large) photos of the two types.

And then of course there were the folding kayaks ('folbots') used by commandos in WWII, but that's another topic.

I've always thought that Mac's folding dinghy must have been home-designed as well as home-made, finishing up a bit like a coracle -- which were shaped like saucers and always notoriously hard to move in a straight line.

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