Optimist Pram

By Clark Mills

Kit by Sorensen Woodcraft

WoodenBoat Magazine

Boat of the Week 3/1/11

No other boat in the world has surpassed the popularity of the Optimist Pram as a sail trainer for kids. Over 400,000 have been built worldwide since Clark Mills designed the boat in 1948.

The Optimist Pram is a perfect introduction to both boatbuilding and sailing. It is a great adult/child project that will create lifetime memories. 

Optimist Racing
Although this Optimist kit is true to Clark Mills' objectives and fun to sail, it will not meet the strict measurement requirements for sanctioned racing competition under the International Optimist Dinghy Association.

The Sorensen Woodcraft Optimist Pram kit is designed for easy construction.

Kit Price:                $350.00 (shipping my motor freight)

 (discounts and freight savings on multiple kit orders)

Spruce spar kit:      $75.00      Boom is cut to size, mast and sprint are blanks, ready to be shaped.                       

Fastener kit:            $25.00

Plans: 

1948 version of the plans are free online at http://www.stexboat.com/boat_building/plans/opti1948/opti_1948.htm

Recommended are the more complete set and better building jig available from the Cleveland Amateur Boat Building Society (CABBS) Optimist plans are sent by US mail rolled in a tube. Cost is $24 USD domestic mail, or $29 USD international. Proceeds from the sale of the plans helps to support the CABBS youth boatbuilding programs.

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Spar Options:

Sail Options:

 


To place an order please phone or e-mail

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 California residents add appropriate sales tax

Prices are FOB Chowchilla CA

Kits may require a deposit

Prices are subject to change with out notice

 

Sorensen Woodcraft  

13307 Avenue 22 1/2 

Chowchilla, CA 93610 

Phone (559) 665-2690

email: sorensenwoodcraft@gmail.com

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Still in Development Stage

El Toro Class

Sailboat Kits

 

 

El Toro Class 

One Design

Racing Dinghy

Conceived in "Bull Sessions" at the Richmond Yacht Club in 1936, The El Toro has become a recognized class with over 11,000 boats built and is the most popular "dinghy" on San Francisco Bay. More than fifty years ago, a need was recognized for a small inexpensive sailboat which could serve as a yacht tender and training craft.  Today, the class has allowed new materials to be used along with the traditional wood. The original design considerations have remained. Today's yachts are satisfactory tenders and sprightly racers.

Junior sailing programs at yacht clubs and municipal sailing classes have developed many fine young El Toro captains. High quality racing programs have kept the interest of these young sailors. Often sailors "move up" to larger yachts and are frequently recognized as champions. Many return to the lively tactical sailing situations provided by El Toro racing. 

The El Toro kit from Sorensen Woodcraft is built from light weight but strong Okoume plywood to be competitive with the fiberglass boats. The kit is for the hull -with air floatation tanks, dagger board & rudder. There are instructions to build carbon fiber mast & boom, along with sail makers on the El Toro Association web site. If you want the traditional wood mast and boom, we can make that for you also.

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 El Toro Specifications

Length:  7 ft. 11 in. Hull: Wood or Fiberglass
Beam:    3 ft. 10 in. Weight: 60 lbs. (hull only) 
Spars:  Wood, Aluminum, or Carbon Fiber   80 lbs. (min. wt. Equipped)
 Sail Area 49 sq. ft. Crew:  One
Portsmouth Rating:  126.6

 

Composite Wood / Epoxy Construction - with easy to construct female mold

4mm, 5mm and 6mm okoume plywood

Kit Includes:

Not included are:

Kit price: $000.00 fob Chowchilla, CA

Shipping by truck

El Toro Hulls:

To place an order please phone or e-mail

Payment by Check, Money Order, Credit Card  or Pal Pal

PayPal

 California residents add appropriate sales tax

Prices are FOB Chowchilla CA

Kits may require a deposit

Prices are subject to change with out notice

 

Sorensen Woodcraft  

13307 Avenue 22 1/2 

Chowchilla, CA 93610 

Phone (559) 665-2690

email: sorensenwoodcraft@gmail.com

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