Fatty Knees (dinghy)

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Fatty Knees
Current Specifications
Crew 1 (7' version)
2 (8' version)
2/3 (9' version)
Type Monohull
Construction Fibreglass
Keel Daggerboard
Trapeze No
LOA 7 ft (2.1 m)
8 ft (2.4 m)
9 ft (2.7 m)
Beam 4 ft (1.2 m) (7' version)
4 ft 3 in (1.30 m) (8' version)
4 ft 6 in (1.37 m) (9' version)
Hull weight 90 lb (41 kg) (7' version)
110 lb (50 kg) (8' version)
110 lb (50 kg) (9' version)
Total sail area 40 sq ft (3.7 m2) (7' version)
50 sq ft (4.6 m2) (8' version)
60 sq ft (5.6 m2) (9' version)
Development
Designer Lyle Hess
Infobox last updated: May 3, 2010

The Fatty Knees fibreglass sailing dinghies were designed by Lyle Hess[1] (1912–2002). Produced in 7’ (2.1m), 8’ (2.4m) and 9’ (2.7m) long models. The 8’ model has a 4’ (1.2m) beam. Primarily designed as a yacht tender with good rowing and towing characteristics, the boat can be sailed, with enough width in the beam to provide stability.[2] The hull has a lapstrake appearance. The thwarts and dagger-board trunk are fiberglass inserts glassed into the hull and are watertight. It is cat rigged with a Bermuda mainsail. A transom notch allows sculling. Equipped with oarlocks for rowing. A small outboard motor can be mounted to port. Sailing gear is designed to be stored inside the hull. About 2000 dinghies have been produced.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nicholson, Darrell (January 7, 2004). "Tenders: Making the Hard Choice". Cruising World. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Stable Sailor". Popular Science 220 (6): 75. 1982. 

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