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.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Galveston Garvey Dory Performance

I just received this email this morning.

Hey Jeff!

I just wanted to share some performance data. We loaded this boat up with 9 people and 2 dogs and just like your article says it rode better and more stable. I still got 32 mph with all that weight. My uncle and I joked about putting ballast in the bilge like sailing ships. And we also pulled wake-boarders this weekend. Anyways great holiday weekend on a Spira boat!

Kennedy Parnell in South Carolina

Galveston Garvey Dory Boat Plans

Sounds like a lot of fun, Kennedy! Not bad for a 19 footer you built in your garage.

Study plans for this boat are free and may be downloaded at: 19' Galveston Garvey Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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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.

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