Chica (Traditional)

Completed Project



The “Chica” was specially designed for GLBBS by Carl Chamberlin of Basic Boats for the lofting exercise that all students must do in the first session. After seeing the boat lofted each year, we decided it would be fun to finally build one. The boat was designed to be easily lofted on the bench, so it is less than eight feet in length, making it a diminutive dinghy that would work well as a tender for a yacht. Originally considered for cold molded construction, we re-engineered it for traditional lapstrake building. Second-year instructor Kees Prins used a student lofting to develop the needed construction details. She is being built with a sapele keel and skeg, clear white cedar planking, and bent oak frames. The boat will be available in the spring and will make a great tender, or just for the kids to dink around in.


  • LOA: 7′ – 7″
  • Beam: 3′ – 7½”
  • Draft: 6″
  • Displacement: 285 lbs


  • Name: Carl Chamberlin


  • Backbone: Sapele
  • Frames: Steam Bent White Oak
  • Planking: Northern White Cedar