neutrino DINGHY



The primary functional objectives were:


The objective for the project was to design, build and test out a dinghy that can be easily stored on deck, on the transom, in davits or car-topped - and handled by one person. At the same time I wanted a dinghy that is safe (rescue-pod) and seaworthy... and small.


Max length 6’3”

Max beam 48”

Min load capacity 500lb

Max load (upper limit with 10” freeboard) 800lb

Max weight 35 lb

High impact resilience


For practical reasons, the tender was thought of as being aboard a Catalina 27. A small cruising boat.


It was imperative that the tender could be handled by one person, and not necessarily a big fella.


Several concepts were developed, and in hinzeit, the tender would have benefited from more buoyancy in the bow section. This would arguably also increased directional stability when rowed. time..



details were omitted to open for creative joy when 2 dimensions became 3








designed waterline, with 500 lb load








-  the lines needed to be sweet – [max out space]



The design process starts with confining the creative space, in such a way that the continuation demand a chase for solutions to both anticipated and

surprising problems.

It’s a spiraling activity of developing solutions.


NURBS modeling is an incredible tool, and Rhino 3D is impressive in its functionality,

…including hydrostatics…well + a calculator.






specification and design




testing and critique



Jan-Henrik Andersen 2005

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