Boatbuilding Tips and Tricks Blog

Here are the latest few blog posts. The balance of this years, appear below the list of posts and the column on the right, the index, lists all posts since 2008 when I started this blog, over 400 posts and 9 years.



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Boothbay Mini-Dory Completed from Free Plans

I just received this email and these pictures:

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for the Free Mini Dory plan. This was a first for me and a great starter boat. Built it this past spring for the Grand kids who spent most of the summer with us at the lake house here in Alberta, Canada.

Having completed this one, I know now I can build any style.

Shawn Hestenridge

Boothbay Mini-Dory Dory Free Boat Plans

Boothbay Mini-Dory Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Nice job!

These plans are free and may be dowloaded from the insider section: Boatbuilding Insider Section.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Construction Photo Essay for Tillamook Pacific Power Dory

I just added this photo essay for the Tillamook Pacific Power Dory

Tillamook Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans

You can download the Photo Essay here: 17' Tillamook Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Carolinian Dory Launched in Maine

Gordon Haldeman from Freeport Maine, just sent me these pictures and comments:

Greetings Jeff,

My son Jacob and I finished our 18-foot Carolinian this July after two years of hard work. Your design is fantastic; we get compliments on the boat everywhere we go. We christened it the 'Julia-Gail' after my Mother and daughter. Thanks for making this project possible, the time spent building this boat with my son was meaningful for both of us and our time on the boat as a family has been very special and great fun!

Gorden

Carolinian Carolina Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Carolinian Carolina Dory Wood Boat Plans

Carolinian Carolina Dory Plywood Boat Plans

Carolinian Carolina Dory Easy Boat Plans

Great looking boat and family, Gordon. So happy to hear you enjoyed the experience.

More info on the boat, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 18' Carolinian Carolina Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Construction Photo Essay for KaJoe Bayou Boat

I just added this photo essay for the KaJoe Quiet Bayou Boat

KaJoe Quiet Bayou Boat Plans

You can download the Photo Essay here: 18' Quiet Bayou Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Albion Pacific Power Dory with Pilothouse Just Launched

Ronald Lucich posted this on his facebook page. He said:

Just launched my home build, 19 ft Albion. It will be used as crab trot line work boat in Goose Creek, on the lower Eastern shore of Maryland.

Albion Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

The pilothouse is one of the free sets of plans that comes with the Ply on Frame Construction E-Book that comes with the plans. You can download this book free, when you join the insider section at: Boatbuilding Insider Page Registration.

More info, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 19' Albon Pacific Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Center Console on 15' Alamitos V-Bottom Dory

Joe LeBanc added a center console to his homebuilt 15' Alamitos V-Bottom dory, this year. He said:

Thanks Jeff, for the great design. We made the upgrade from tiller drive to center console for this season. It handles great. We've got a 70 hp two stroke and it planes well and can handle the chop.

Alamitos V-Bottom Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Alamitos V-Bottom Dory Wood Boat Plans

Nice job, Joe. I really like the pilot seat too.

More info, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 15' Alamitos Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

What does your "Calc Max Power" note mean?

I got this email yesterday, and thought it would be of interest to others:

Hi Jeff,
Just wanted to ask what is exactly the "Calc. Max. Horsepower" you have on all your Study Plans?
And what is the maximum engine I can put on the Ixtapa Super Panga?
Thanks in advance and Best Regards.
K____

Here is my response:

Hi K____,
Thank you for your interest. I calculate the maximum horsepower that the hull can use based on the Coast Guard maximum horsepower calculation method described in their Homebuilt Boat Safety publication. I have not tested this horsepower, nor am I sure that this much horsepower will be safe in the boat that you construct. It is my estimate only. I also recommend some horsepower to use in the design. I would use the recommended horsepower, but you may increase it up to the maximum horsepower as recommended by the calculation. It is up to YOU to be sure that you build the boat properly in accordance with the plans, that you select the appropriate lumber, cut the elements to shape appropriately, glue and screw the hull in accordance with the methods and materials selected, and test the use of any more power than I recommend. Please ensure the boat is in appropriate trim, and appropriate water conditions to see if a higher than recommended horsepower works.
Best of luck with your build.
Jeff

Hatteras v-bottom Dory Wooden Boat Plans

You can obtain the Coast Guard publication in my insider section, here: Homebuilt Boat Insider Page.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Launched in Minnesota by Ben Simonowicz

I just got this email and video from Ben Simonowicz:

Hi Jeff,
I'm sending you some photos of my recently completed Seneca which I stretched out to 15'6". I had a blast building it and already want to build another!
With 300lbs of rocks in the boat and myself (modeling a motor and another person) it sits in about 4-5 inches of water and moves 3.4mph with a 50 thrust trolling motor. Next week I'll be putting a 40hp Mercury on it with a center console.
Thank You!
Ben Simonowicz

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

More info along with free study prints, and links to purchase the plans are here: 14' Seneca Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Video of a Carolinian with a Cabin

Maxim Daniel Tenhagen posted this video of his Carolinian Carolina style dory out for a cruise.

Carolinian Carolina Dory Wooden Boat Plans

More info, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 18' Carolinian Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tarpon Fishing from a Huntington Harbor Kayak

I thought you would enjoy this video of Tarpon Fishing from a home built Huntinton Harbor Kayak. This is in Puerto Rico.

Free plans available when you join the Boatbuilding Insider Section here: Free Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Monday, August 14, 2017

New Tiburon Panga Launched, Built by Tom Stanley

I just got this email and video from Tom Stanley:

Jeff,
Thanks for the great boat design. Above is a short video of your 21 Tiburon being launched. Really had a terrific time building this boat. Time to try and put some fish in her.
Thanks again,
Tom Stanley

More info along with free study prints, and links to purchase the plans are here: 21' Tiburon Panga Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Complete Boatbuilding Tips and Tricks Blog Index for 2017


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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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