Shellback Dinghy

The Shellback is a lovely smaller day boat designed by Joel White.   These boats perform very well under oars or sail (a small lug rig) and are perfect for getting out on the water for both older and younger sailors alike.

Construction is clinker/lapstrake ply with laminated celery top pine backbone and huon pine fitout. 

This boat is a little different from the plans in  that she has built in buoyancy tanks, teak bottom boards and huon pine transom and rudder.

The boat comes fully finished with painted hull, oiled brightwork, easy to use lugsail (in classic cream, white or tan bark) and custom oars. We recently built and shipped one of these delightful boats to a client in Noosa (QLD) who wanted a sail and oar boat for use on the canals behind his home.

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shellback interior shellback dinghy under sail
Shellback dinghy "Seahorse" on launch day



Shellback dinghy - easy and fun to sail



shellback dinghy rowing shellback dinghy crated
Shellback dinghy - great for rowing too Shellback dinghy - packing for delivery to Queensland






















Denman Marine specialises in custom wooden boat building and repair. We utilise both traditional methods such as carvel or clinker and modern methods such as strip planking, cold molding or clinker plywood.

We can custom build to any design - for example those by Iain Oughtred, David Payne, Paul Gartside, John Welsford, Mark Bowdidge, Francois Vivier, Atkin , Bolger B&B etc.

We are sole Australian agents for Swallow Boats(UK) including the BayRaider, the Australian importer and re-seller of the world renowned Bruynzeel BS1088 Gaboon Marine Plywood (Lloyds certified), Barton Marine products (UK) and Chesapeake Light Craft (USA).


Denman Marine Pty Ltd ATF | ABN: 54779786053 | 2888 Channel Highway Kettering, Tasmania 7155
Mobile: 0413765984 | Tel: 0362674660 | Fax: 0362674991 | Email: andrew@denmanmarine.com.au