Posted by: Cap'n Fuzzy | March 25, 2016

Our NN10 Nesting Dinghy

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Sam assembling Barquita at Lac Des Arcs 2009

I just emailed a couple this morning who are currently sailing in the Solomon Islands. I will post a link to their webpage/blog if I receive their permission. They inquired about the availability of an NN10 Nesting Dinghy through our website at NestingLite.com. I did have a more complete story of how we acquired the business on that site but recently changed it to update our contact info and reflect the fact that we are not in production and in fact, the business is up for sale.

I am also in the process of sending some spare connectors to a couple in Montana that found a used NN10 in a warehouse near Seattle and needed some information on the rigging and sails as the originals were missing.

Every year about this time, people start thinking about cruising sailing, living aboard and we get a bunch of inquiries for dinghies. In February 2009, that was us. We had found Hearts Content, our 37 ft Cherubini Hunter, in Mazatlan and had placed an offer on it when we stumbled onto the NN10 on the web.  By May, 2009, we had purchased both, although they were not destined to meet. HC37, as we refer to the Mazatlan boat, we sold in 2012.  Barquita, our NN10 is tied down on our HC27, a smaller version of the same boat designed by John Cherubini for Hunter.

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Barquita nested on Hearts Content (HC27)

So finally I am starting to think that even if we cannot afford to build NN10s, at least for now, NestingLite could still be a resource for the 130 or so dinghies that are out there, somewhere. One of the big problems that owners of the boats have is tracking us down. The original designer and builder of the NN10 is Barry Niccolls, who managed to produce 120 or so boats, as nearly as we can figure. None of them had an HIN (hull identification number) or any indication on them as to the builder.

It is such a great little boat that it would be a shame for it to disappear completely. With luck we will find a new manufacturer and get them back into production. We have the plugs, moulds and patterns pretty much crated and ready to take anywhere in the world. I would love to work with a new owner/manufacturer to make it happen.

Is there a patron of small boats out there?

Now, for all you owners of NN10s, even if you didn’t know that is what you own, email, phone, message me on Facebook, leave a comment here on the blog.  Pictures would be nice.  There are at least two significantly different versions that were produced over the years from the early ’90s to 2009.

Is your NN10 for sale? By all means list it on your local Craigslist, Kijiji or equivalent online classified ad system, but please send us some pics (jpg is easiest) and your asking price and contact info and I will post on the NestingLite site free. If you have sold one in the past and can find the new owner, ask them to contact us.

I can also assist with information and some accessories like fittings/hardware, rudders, dagger boards, sailing rig parts and specs etc. Sails are tough to do right now. The last set Sam and I cut out on the living room floor in Medicine Hat in 2011 and sewed on the dining and kitchen tables pushed together to make a big enough work surface. Not ideal. If you know of an off-the-shelf dinghy sail that works for main or jib, let us know.

Would love to sell you some logo buttons (see pic) so there is some indication of where it came from and who made it.  If we can work out a reasonable estimate of the production date of your dinghy I might be able to conjure up an HIN.  Have to check with the feds to see if that is kosher after the fact.

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NN10 dinghy connectors with plugs and logo buttons

In the picture note the threaded plastic plugs.  We had those made when we realized that the black connectors do not float.  They are also really hard to see in the water, particularly in the dark.  I thought about a line threaded through all four with a float on it and I may do that at some point to try it.  It seemed fussy to come up with a clean looking way to allow the connectors to spin on the line so we seal a plug in each end leaving an air chamber for flotation and the predominantly white plastic logo button makes them nicely visible, even at night.  So, when you do the late night tap dance and fumble routine, at least you have a chance of recovering them.

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