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.



Wednesday, April 22, 2018

Tillamook Pacific Dory Built in Africa

Solomon Samnon built this Tillamook Pacific Power Dory in Africa, without using any plywood. The sides and bottom were planked using local hardwood. It looks like it came out great.

Tillamook Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Tillamook Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Tillamook Pacific Power Dory Easy Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans may be found at: 17' Tillamook Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, April 20, 2018

Drop Front Galveston Garvey Dory Launched

Barry Queen just completed this Galveston Garvey Dory with a landing craft style drop front. Here's what he wrote:

Hi Jeff,

I just launched my Galveston 19, 90 hp evinrude E-Tech 2018. runs like a top, Handles like a dream , also put hydraulic steering on it, really nice, no motor torque. Lots of positive comments from strangers. We love the Boat and setup , smiles all around.?

Barry

Galveston Garvey Dory Wood Boat Plans

Galveston Garvey Dory Wooden Boat Plans

By the way, the drop-front landing craft option is included in the stock plans.

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans may be found at: 19' Galveston Garvey Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Monday, April 30, 2018

New Canadian Drift Boat Launched in Wyoming

Ben Paulson just completed and launched this 14' Canadian Drift Boat in Wyoming. He said that it moves pretty fast with a 55 lb Min Kota motor.

Canadian Drift Boat Wood Boat Plans

Canadian Drift Boat Wood Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans may be found at: 14' Canadian Drift Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Glousterman Ultralight Dory Built for Salish Sea Race

Tim Smith's Glousterman is getting ready for a rowing race in the Salish Sea (Which includes the Puget Sound.) It is a very simple to build, 15' fast rowing dory that can handle rough water.

The very first one I built weighed 42 lbs empty. I took it to Huntington Harbor as its first test. This one will be a few pounds more since it features watertight compartments and a sliding seat.

Glousterman Ultralight Dory Wood Boat Plans

Glousterman Ultralight Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Glousterman Ultralight Dory stitch-and-glue Boat Plans

Glousterman Ultralight Dory Easy Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans may be found at: 15' Glousterman Ultralight Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Rail Bird Poling Skiff Completed in Alaska

Doug Neal from way up in Alaska just sent me these pictures of his newly built Rail Bird poling skiff. His email says:

Hi Jeff!

Attached is a photo of a rail-bird skiff that I recently completed. When the water on the creek in front of my cabin is really low, I use it for transporting gear from 20' Caladesi up to my cabin. It is a great little boat, nice, light and nimble, we really love it! Thank you for sharing the design with us!

Doug

The second picture is Doug's Caladesi, his main transport to his back woods home.

Rail Bird poling skiff Wood Boat Plans

Rail Bird poling skiff Wooden Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans may be found at: 16' Rail Bird Poling Skiff Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Alaskan Grand Banks Dory Launched in Seattle

Peter Donahue of Seattle Washington just completed this 19' Alaskan Grand Banks Dory complete with motor well.

Alaskan Grand Banks Dory Wood Boat Plans

Alaskan Grand Banks Dory Wooden Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans may be found at: 19' Alaskan Grand Banks Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Free Wrecks & Reefs Book - April Special

Free signed copy of my book, Wrecks and Reefs of Southern California when you buy the PRINTED plans for any of my wooden boats fropm April 1 until April 30, 2017.

Wrecks and Reefs Book

Here is the selection of boats you can purchase printed plans for that qualify for the free: Wooden Boat Designs by Jeff Spira.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Yukon Drift Boat Completed in Utah

Devin Matheson just completed this Yukon Drift Boat in Utah. He posted these pictures on his Facebook Page.

Yukon Drift Boat Wood Boat Plans

Yukon Drift Boat Wooden Boat Plans

Yukon Drift Boat Easy Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans may be found at: 16' Yukon Drift Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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