Fatty Knees: Design Section. Boat built by Fatty Knees.

A solid dinghy that's fun to sail

Starting with fiberglass lapstrake construction, the Fatty Knees is one of the strongest dinghies on the water. We chose a hand-laid lapstrake hull, not just for aesthetics, but because it offers considerable strength and stiffness and is relatively lightweight. Her wide beam adds stability and a gentle sheer minimizes its chubby look.

The inner rail is teak and the outer rail is pressure-treated pine for easy maintenance and durability. The gunwhale guard is long-lasting Dacron® over rubber. The teak rudder and daggerboard are handmade.

Whether under sail or as a tender under tow, the boat, with a 7-inch deep skeg, tracks exceptionally well. She’s easy to sail – lively enough in light air, tacking and jibing smoothly with virtually no leeway – and most importantly, safe even in rough weather. Her generous beam makes her less likely to flip. Her rigging is simple and with the standard kick-up rudder, you can sail right up to the shore.

Every Fatty Knees comes with the mast step, mast partner, daggerboard trunk and gudgeons installed for easy conversion to sail.