Plans to build the 24' Chesapeke V-Bottom Carolina Dory
Here is the Chesapeke. This boat, like the Hatteras is designed to be a rugged workboat for heavy duty use, in the popular and easily powered 24' format. It's fast capable, and will operate with surprisingly low power. A 75-90 horse motor is all you need to carry a ton or more of load up on a plane through rough water. Like all Spira International boats, this is made of common, lumberyard materials. and is about the easiest to build 24 ft v-bottom sea boat you can find anywhere.
Free Study Plans for the Chesapeke V-Bottom Carolina Dory
Our study plans are two of the actual construction drawings. They're not enough information for you to build the boat, but they do give you the overall boat size, shape and construction methods. This is a pdf file readable with the free Adobe Acrobat pdf file reader.
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About V-Bottom Carolina Dories
Quite a number of people wrote me and asked for a v-bottom version of my Carolina Dories, so I came up with this series of boats. These dories offer all of the advantages of the flat bottom version, low power, good speed good sea keeping abilities, and ease of construction, with a more modern, v-bottomed hull, to keep the pounding down and improve the performance in a chop. They're a bit more complex to build than their flat-bottom cousins, but are still well within the realm of an amateur boat builder. They're constructed of standard milled construction lumber, available at any lumber yard, then covered with exterior grade plywood, epoxy and fiberglass, resulting in an extremely rugged boat, one that will serve for many years with modest maintenance.
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