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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Welded Aluminum 17' Texan Grand Banks Dory Being Built

I just got these pictures of a 17' welded aluminum Texan Grand Banks Dory being built. Thought you'd enjoy:

Texan Grand Banks Dory in Welded Aluminum Boat Plans

Texan Grand Banks Dory in Welded Aluminum Boat Plans

Texan Grand Banks Dory in Welded Aluminum Boat Plans

This one uses the basic wood framing frame size and spacing, but this results in a heavier boat than is really necessary. I'm in the process of re-engineering the hulls to take advantage of the strength of the aluminum so they'll end up lighter, stringer and easier to build than the wood versions. If there's a boat you particularly want in aluminum, let me know. I'm working on a 24' Grand Banks style (the Labrador) and a 28' Cane River versions right now.

- Jeff

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