Boatbuilding Tips and Tricks
I've been compiling this blog of boatbuilding tips and tricks, plus launchings and in-progress boatbuilding projects for over five years now. The vast majority of the questions I receive by email have already been asked by someone else, so if you take the time to read through the archives, you'll probably run across many the questions you may already have plus find answers to questions you haven't thought of yet. You also get a chance to look through many of the projects that others are building. I try to include as many of the photos I receive from builders as well, some from facebook pages.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Just got this email from Bob Stinson who took his homebuilt 16' Oysterman Carolina Dory to Florida for a month-long camping and fishing vacation:
Just got back from the florida trip. Spent all my time in the ocean, no fresh water, mostly just below Naples in the Mangro islands. Clocked with GPS calm weather flat out trim all the way down with the 9.9 Hp, 4 stroke Yamaha varying between 20.4 and 20.8 several times. Probably could get a few more miles/hour if trimed up a bit as pretty flat. Plenty fast for me.
What a conversation starter. At every stop it seemed someone would come up to me. You got a lot of advertisement. Had it out in 2 foot chop. Going slow was fine. 2 foot chop in about 1 to 12 foot of water. Really happy with it's seaworthiness. The wind can push it around a bit but as long as you are comfortable with corrections it can be managed pretty well. Sometimes I felt a little ballast would have helped it.
This picture was taken in New England before Bob left on his trip
More on the Oysterman: 16' Oysterman Caroloina Dory Plans.
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Please don't be embarrassed to send in photos of your projects. I get a lot of emails from people who tell me about their build but never send any pictures. I'd love to see them, as would all of the other people who are either building a boat or thinking about it. They need all the encouragement they can get.