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Monday, August 22, 2016

Caladesi Carolina Dory Launched in North Carolina

I just received this note and picture:

Hi Jeff,

I finished my Caladesi a few weeks ago and launched her in Bogue Sound. My wife and I have really enjoyed the weekends boating, and fishing. The construction took about 18 months, but I must say, I enjoyed every minute. As you can see I have rigged and painted the boat in a traditional coastal North Carolina style and get a lot compliments every time we take her out. This is a great boat for the Bogue, Core, and Pamlico sounds where I live. The flat bottom allows me to fish the shallows, and the high bow and transom makes it a safe boat for when the water gets a little rough.

Thanks for a great design.

Stead Mills


Caladesi Carolina Dory Wood Boat Plans

Nice job, Stead. It looks great.

More information, pictures, videos, and free downloadable study prints to build this 20' Caladesi Carolina Dory are available at: Caladesi Carolina 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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