The Woodenwidget Stasha is the World's lightest nesting dinghy. It's also
lovely to look at. Launching a Stasha should only take a moment but by the
time you have answered all the questions from amazed spectators it may be
Not only can it be stowed on the smallest of foredecks, or put in the back
of the average estate car but it can also take an outboard motor up to 3.3
hp. If you want you can also add a mast and go sailing. The Stasha sails
surprisingly well and is a lot of fun.
The Stasha was designed to be easy to build so that anyone can make one
regardless of their woodworking experience. All you need are a few basic
tools such as a jigsaw and a plane and the confidence to have a go. No
specialist tools are needed and even the ribs are formed with just a heat
The plans are illustrated throughout and guide you through the whole process
step by step. The materials needed to build a Stasha are very few and they
are inexpensive so even if you make a mistake it won't be a costly one.
Building a Stasha is good fun and you don't even need much space. Because
the Stasha is in effect two boats, no one section is longer than 4 feet
(1.2m). This makes building a Stasha much easier than most boats.
All the materials you'll need are readily available and not costly. The
comprehensive plans include a lot of extra information about the materials
and where to get them.
The special Dacron skin is shrunk into a nice
wrinkle free and tight covering simply by using a domestic iron. Dacron
isn't waterproof so you'll need to coat it with something and the many
options are well covered in the plans.
The Stasha is a tough little boat but it does need some care during use. The
Dacron can be damaged by sharp objects so don't drag it along the ground.
Anyway it's so light that it can be picked up and carried instead.
If you do make a hole in it gaffer/duct tape will repair it. If in time the
Dacron gets worn out it can be quickly replaced for about £30.
The basic boat weighs about 10 kilos (22lbs) but that will increase
depending on the options you choose to fit. For example, reinforcing the
boat to take an outboard will add approximately 500 grams (1 lb). The
sailing option adds about 6 kilos (13lbs) not including the modified
The Stasha can be assembled on the land or in the water. The trick is to
launch both parts and climb into the larger front section which is easily
stable and buoyant enough and pull the rear section towards you. The two
halves slot together with ease, there are just two small bolts to fit and
When you're finished with the boat, split it and put the rear section in to
the front section. This reduces the Stasha from 7 feet long to just 4. Being
able to carry the boat in two parts makes it even easier to move about.
If you want an easy to build little dinghy that does it all for not very
much then maybe the Stasha is for you.
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