THE MUSHULU 14
COMPLETE BOAT PLANS & FULL SIZE FRAME PATTERNS
The plans have all the information you need to build your own boat... Each plan contains all the construction drawings, everything you need to build your boat.
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The plans are printed on 2ft by 3ft paper for normal construction drawings and and full size paper patterns.
By using the full size patterns and detailed plan sheets, the parts can be accurately marked and cut out.
Easy planing at low speeds, great stability whilst at rest, and reduction in fuel consumption without compromising the strength, durability and safety of the design, careful consideration was given to loads of storage lockers, comfortable seating throughout and a stable platform for fishing or other recreational activities without compromising safety for those on board.
Designed also for ease of construction for the first time builder, the Mushulu 14 is light enough to be easily trailerable for adventures in distant places. But overall, it had to be simple and easy to build, without spending everything you have.
For the interior, it had to be clean and simple, with a loads of room and storage. Emphasis was given to having higher than normal sides and comfortable seating arangements, without having your knees in your face.
Within the seats there are 2 large sealed lockers, for all those items you may want locked away, while still retaining the foam filled buoyancy compartments in the outer seat sections, as required to comply with the standards. The bow seat also doubles as an anchor locker.
Overall, the design had to be kept simple, clean and functionable, for a great days fishing or simply out and about with the family.
The History of the Mushulu and its Name
Years ago when we used to live on our 43 ft yacht, we were in Cairns at the time building a multihull for a client. Anchored in front of us was the 35 ft Trimaran owned by a couple called John and Jan. Well… they had this Niad inflatable dinghy where the side sponsons had a habit of going flat all the time.
One day they popped around with set of plans for a flat bottom skiff, asking could we build this dinghy for them. Taking one look at it I commented that as tender, it was useless and we could design and build something far better, something where your not pounding and ripping your spine out through the roof of your mouth. They agreed and over the next couple of days I drew up this small dinghy and taking it around... they loved it.
Just up from the Coconut slipway, there was a farmer (Ted) who agreed to let us use one of his sheds, so we moved our boat up there and began building it. As usual, other yachties heard that we were building this dinghy for John and Jan and would pop around to have a look.
“Who the dinghy for?” they would ask
“Mushulu” Id reply
You see, when you live on a yacht, no one knows your last name. The name of the boat “becomes” your last name. In this case it was John and Jan from Mushulu...the “name” of their Trimaran. Now you know where the name comes from.
As for the design itself, you see, as a tender, your boat is akin to a work truck.. With fuel runs, water funs, shopping runs and not including the exploring and fishing, tenders get hammered hard. One of the biggest problems with the majority of dinghies is the freeboard is too low and they are heavy. Doing all these things and more, any water or waves when loaded has a habit of slopping over the side. (Nothing worse than having wet shopping bags I can tell you). So the first thing I designed into the Mushulu was high sides.
They also have to be light, but not too light as it makes for poor sea keeping. They also need to have loads of internal space for carrying things ( when doing a water run, I used to carry 8 x 20 litre jerry cans in ours. Thats 160 litres) and…. when swamped, it must float level.