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Boat Reviews By Owners

0 -- 7' 10" PLASTIC LAB TURNING CO., Leominster MA

Model: Sudbury Lab Transparent Dinghy

Cockpit: Dinghy is 8ft+ 4ft+ 2ft with 3 seating and 360 by 180 degree visibility underwater through the transparent hull. Use for tender , sightseeing , fishing or clear cover.

Cabin: none

Construction: This design was discontinued in the 1970's and the one I have is still used. The one sheet thermo molded transparent hull is about 0.09 inch thickness and is probably a Monsanto product of the time and an unknown composition or trade name. The gunnel assembly is wood laminated and attached to the hull molded flange with screws. The contours of the gunnel laminate were apparently formed on a cone surface to give the curve at the bow and the less severe curve for the stern and the side shear contour follows. The upper flange edge of the molded hull has a similar conical contour to match the wood laminate. There are three wood strip stiffeners, attached to the bottom exterior with molded holders and bonded.

Handling: With one adult the boat draws little water and moves easy and speed depends on the length of the oars. For three to be carried weight must be limited and distributed. Some of these dingies have outboard motors.

Engine Room: none

General Comments: It is now in retirement, as a discontinued design. The plastic hull still seems to be strong. It has been shown several years at the Salem, MA boat festival in August. Your comments will be welcome. One feature I am interested in is to learn the Monsanto plastic trade name.

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Date Submitted: 2008-07-08

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