11' Oregon Peapod

Design Number 157

This design came about when I got to thinking about having an elegant dinghy for our 34' Topsail Ketch Sunrise. Since she was a double ender (with a pinky stern) I thought it would be fun to have a dinghy that was also double-ended.

The classic Down East Peapod, named in honor of her shape, was most commonly used in lobstering alongshore, where a larger boat could not safely work. The Oregon Peapod has a fuller stern than the more symmetrical Down East style Peapod, to give better bearing aft for clamping on an outboard engine.

She is big enough to serve well as a trailer boat, sailed off the beach, or as a car-topper. She can carry a normal family and their picnicking gear for a day of fun and exploring. Or, she can be carried aboard a larger boat as a dinghy or shore boat.

Others have gone ahead and built from this design. We have plans for both fiberglass and wood construction,

The design calls for two mast steps, allowing her to be sailed as a sloop as shown on the sail plan, or as a catboat. The catboat rig involves moving the mast to the forward position and not using the jib. This could work well as a reefed rig in gustier conditions, or for training work.

Length overall11'-0"3.35 m
Length datum waterline10'-0"3.05 m
Beam4'-6"1.37 m
Draft0'-6"/3'-0"0.15/0.91 m
Freeboard:Forward1'-9"0.53 m
Least1'-1"0.33 m
Aft1'-50.43 m
Estimated structural weight105 lbs.48 kg.
Displacement, to DWL455 lbs.207 kg.
Displacement-length ratio203 
Sail area80 sq. ft.7.43 m2
Sail area-displacement ratio21.64 
Prismatic coefficient.592 
Pounds per inch immersion121 
Entrance half-angle25 

Note: The displacement numbers are calculated to the arbitrarily chosen DWL.
The calculated ratios of displacement-length and sail area-displacement will vary widely depending on the loading of the vessel.

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