Plans to build the 55' Tanuki Carolina Dory
When the builder of a 24' Key Largo approached me about a much bigger Carolina Dory to be used for offshore tuna fishing, I jumped at the chance. Behold The Tanuki - a huge Carolina Dory suitable for extended offshore voyages and capable of packing a major load of fish. It's still made by my well proven low cost method of construction lumber framing, plywood planking coated with fiberglass and epoxy cloth. It's suitable for the home builder, though, it will be a substantial project - somewhat akin to building a fairly large house.
The Tanuki should be easily acheive 12 knots using an economical 6 cylinder diesel, like a 6-71 GMC, Cummins 6BT, Volvo, etc, burining less than 6 gallons per hour of fuel. It'll also pack 10 tons of fish or freight with ease. It would be impossible to find another boat out these with this kind of economy and load carrying capability. For moderate speed, economical operation, here's your solution.
Free Study Plans for the Tanuki 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.
Purchase Construction Plans for the Carolinian Carolina Dory
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About Carolina Dories
The Carolina Dory is a specialized type of craft derived from the original Grand Banks styles after the advent of power. It was quickly learned that the built-in rocker on the bottoms of traditional dories was fine for the very limited speeds possible with oar or sail power, but only held the boats back once gasoline and diesel engines became available. As a result, builders straightened out the bottoms to allow the boat to plane, and the Carolina Dory was born. These sturdy craft were originally used as commercial fishing boats in the mid-Atlantic states, especially in the inland and nearshore waters around the Carolinas. Unlike modern power boats, Carolina Dories don't require lots of power to move along at quite a good clip. They're economical and exhibit their traditional dory heritage by performing quite well and safely in choppy conditions.
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