Another boat I’m seriously tempted to build is the Tenderly, especially the new XP version. It’s another boat from the masters of stitch & glue, CLCBoats.com. The original version is a very salty looking dinghy with floor boards, etc. The XP eschews some of the classic looks for more practical flotation tank seating which makes it a great trainer. It also adds a bowsprit, which I think makes just about any boat look better. The addition of the bowsprit also allows the addition of a jib, which drastically improves the performance of the boat, especially upwind.
One of the many nice touches on this boat is the scuppered inwales. I also like the more classic look of the standard version, where the strakes are bent around frames.
Both boats have the exact same hull form, however the sail plans are not interchangeable. The sloop rig is only for the XP, but both can handle the lug sail.
Both boats are 10’ long so you’ll need either a scarf or puzzle joint to make the plywood blanks. This once again raises the tiling question. CLC doesn’t offer DXF files, so you’d have to go through the effort of taking offsets from the paper plans.
The standard Tenderly is a relatively new addition to CLC’s fleet, but has met with a lot of success. The XP version is so new that they haven’t even released the plans yet. Another huge design difference between the two models is that the XP has a centerboard instead of a daggerboard. This is a huge feature improvement and increases the complexity of the build significantly. Centerboards are really nice, especially for trainers since it will rotate up and out of the way if you run aground. Conversely, a daggerboard will possibly break or do severe damage to the boat if you run aground.
With all that being said, let’s look at why I didn’t buy the Tenderly plans yet. First, it’s more work to build than the 12’ Passagemaker. It’s weighs more and has considerably less payload. Bang for the buck, the Passagemaker makes more sense for my family right now. That’s not to say that the Tenderly might not be a labor of love project down the road.