Tech Dinghy

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Tech Dinghy

Postby Sailmachine » Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:32 pm

I have inherited a 1953 Tech Dinghy, one of 12 boats built for MIT by Beetle Boat in Cape Cod. This boat has a lot of family history so I am very happy to have it. It has spent the past 40 years under an old barn roof in up state New York. I brought it back to NC where I will take her out for some sailing this summer. It needs a new rudder handle but other then that she is good to go. An interesting note is that this may be the first production fiberglass boat. From what I have been told and searching the internet, MIT was working with Corning to develop fiberglass, and while there were a few boats built of this new material in the late 40's boat manufactures did not start using fiberglass until mid to lathe 50's and into the 60's.
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Re: Tech Dinghy

Postby earlylight » Tue Jun 10, 2014 4:55 am

When I was a sophomore in high school (1956) in western NY state a classmate had a Tech Dinghy. I sailed it several times and found it to be great little boat. He kept it at Rochester YC. Those were the days!
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Re: Tech Dinghy

Postby TampaBay » Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:47 am

Cool boat.
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Re: Tech Dinghy

Postby Crazer » Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:14 pm

Very cool! A real piece of history. Keep us updated.
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Re: Tech Dinghy

Postby Figment » Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:26 pm

Memories of racing those at MIT regattas.

UGH what a miserable boat to race. Should be a pleasant little daysailer, though. :)
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Re: Tech Dinghy

Postby galleywench » Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:56 am

It's been a while since I read the book, but I believe 'Heart of Glass' discusses these dinghies or something similar that Carl Beetle built back in the 50's, I'll have to go back and re-read it.
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Re: Tech Dinghy

Postby BS Smith » Thu Jun 26, 2014 5:23 pm

I learned to sail in Rochester YC's junior sailing program, summers '65-'67. Novices started out in Tech Dinghies. Rhodes Bantams were the step up. RYC's Dinghies were sloop rigged and endured all the learn-to-sail abuse kids threw at them. At them time RYC had perhaps ten of the Dinghies.

Be sure to see Sailing and the Tech Dinghy (http://sailing.mit.edu/lts/sailing-booklet/booklet_unified.shtml#the_dinghy) if you've not yet.
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