Dixi Dinghy & Argie 10

A pair of 3:1 plywood dinghies

Dixi Dinghy stitch & glue plywood boat plans
Dixi Dinghy

Argie 10 stitch & glue plywood boat plans
Argie 10

Two great dinghies, these little boats offer lots of fun for the whole family.

Multi-purpose, they can be rowed, motored or sailed and are light enough for one person to lift on and off the family car or yacht.

Simple stitch and glue construction, they can be built with the minimum of tools, no previous boatbuilding experience and in very little space.

Step-by-step instructions included in plywood plans.

Either one can be the ideal quality time project for a youngster with Dad's assistance or Dad with Junior's help.

Build as a school project which actually has some use after achieving your passing grade.

Practical winter project, build one for fishing on your local pond, as junior's "my boat" or as a tender to your big boat.

Built-in flotation compartments and a simple sail plan make them great for learning to sail, whatever your age.

Plans by email, on 3.5" disk or hard copy for the Argie 10. Hard copy only for the Dixi Dinghy.

Optional full size paper patterns available.

Plywood kits in USA & elsewhere

Dixi epoxy kits in USA

Argie 10 epoxy kits in USA

See amateur projects for more photos

Dixi Flickr Album ~ Argie 10 Flickr Album




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The Dixi Dinghy can be built in aluminum by those who have the skills. Please specify aluminum in your order to receive this version.


Dixi Dingy and Argie 10 stitch & glue plywood boat plans
Dixi Dinghy - - - - - - - - Argie 10

The first of the two designs, the DIXI DINGHY, was commissioned as a sailing yacht tender for very simple construction in stitch and glue plywood. As a rowing/powered boat, all hull panels can be cut from two sheets of 6mm (1/4") plywood, including forming bouyancy compartments fore and aft. Additional plywood is required to make up the rudder and daggerboard. The rig is free standing, supported at keel and bow thwart and is easily stepped. The mast is in two interlocking pieces and the sail is sleeve luffed and loose footed. All rig parts stow within the hull.

As a sailing fun boat she is highly manoeuvreable and nippy with an adult or two children. As a tender she will comfortably carry four adults and gear in calm water. Load capacity will vary with water conditions.

Dixi Dinghy & Argie 10 stitch & glue plywood boat plans
Hull section for Dixi Dinghy & Argie 10

After the DIXI DINGHY was featured as a kit boat in a local newspaper, THE ARGUS, I was commissioned to design a larger sister for a series feature in the same newspaper. The resulting design is the ARGIE 10, named after the little boys who sell the newspaper.

The ARGIE 10 can be cut as a complete boat from three sheets of 6mm plywood, including bouyancy compartments fore, aft and amidships as well as rudder and daggerboard. Rig principles are identical to those of the smaller sister. The ARGIE 10 is intended primarily to be a family funboat but is also suitable for use as a tender on larger yachts. She has greater load carrying capacity and will comfortably sail two adults or three children or row five adults with gear. Again load carrying capacity will vary with water conditions.

Dixi Dinghy & Argie 10 stitch & glue plywood boat plans
Plan shape of Dixi Dinghy. Argie 10 is similar, except for size.

Hardcopy plans include fully dimensioned panel cutting diagrams, hull sections, construction details, sail plan, spar details, building instructions and materials list. Construction for both is very simple. It is not even necessary to construct stocks over which to build them and they are turned into whichever position is most convenient for the operation which is in progress at the time.

Plans can also be supplied by email, for viewing on your computer or local printing. Select Email as the shipping option during the order process.

Finished hull weights are 22kg (48lb) for the DIXI DINGHY and 29kg (64lb) for the ARGIE 10. If you want a larger dinghy of stitch-and-glue construction, look at the Argie 15. If you are looking for a more challenging project, see the Challenger 13 lapstrake dinghy.

Dixi Dinghy material list

Argie 10 material list

Answers to questions about construction in our FAQ pages

Photos of dinghy projects in our amateur projects section


LOA m (ft)

Beam m (ft)

Sail Area sq.m (sq.ft)

Hull Weight kg (lb)

Oar length m (ft)


Dixi Dinghy

2.50 (8'2")

1.28 (4'2")

4.23 (45.5)

22 (48)

2.0 (6' 6")

Plans US$30.00 + shipping Order now

Optional extra for full size paper patterns $30.00 + shipping (must order plans or already have) Order now

Argie 10

3.10 (10'2")

1.35 (4'5")

5.25 (56.5)

29 (64)

2.0 (6' 6")

Plans US$45.00 + shipping Order now

Optional extra for full size paper patterns $45.00 + shipping (must order plans or already have) Order now

These plans are drawn in metric and have inch measurements as well.


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This page was updated 29 July 2018

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