The OGA dinghy, designed by Andrew Wolstenholme and intended for home build, was presented to Members at the AGM in London, 13 January 2018.
The overall length of 13'6" and beam of 5'3" (4.1 x 1.6m) makes the dinghy a comfortable size for building at home in the garage, easy to tow behind a small car and yet large enough for family sailing. The single chine hull form follows from the popular dinghies of the 1950s and 1960s: Hornet, Graduate, Scorpion, GP14 etc. but with a more classic appearance with a sweeping sheer and raked transom.
Construction is a variation on stitch-and-tape using CNC-cut components, which lends itself to building from a pre-cut kit. Partly with simplicity of build in mind but also functionality, she has a lowered deck in the same style as the Mirror Dinghy, useful for lessening the risk of lines going overboard and providing more sprawling space for children. The versatile design allows for sailing, rowing, sculling or outboard motor.
The dinghy was shown at Beale Park Show in June, 2018, sailed for the first time at the OGA55 rally in Cardiff Bay, July 2018 and joined the OGA55 celebrations on the Isle of Wight in August 2018.