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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, November 19, 2017

St. Croix Canoe Construction Photo Essay Added to Site

I just added the contruction essay for the St. Croix Traditional Canoe to the website. Download it for free and see what it takes to build one of these boats.

St Croix Traditional Canoe Plans

The construction photo essay, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 15' St Croix Traditional Canoe Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Otter's Point Dory Just Splashed in Southern California

Benjamin I. Tkach & James S. Tkach just sent me this note and these pictures from their recent 11' Otters Point Dory launch.

Hi Jeff,

Just wanted to let you know that my son and I launched our home-built boat on Veteran's day weekend. It's your Otter's Point design, with a slight modification to the stern and some other minor adjustments. We still plan to tinker with the inside, and perhaps rig it for a sail some day. I thought you'd like just a few of the many photos I have from the last 17 months (we built it at our own pace!).

Thanks,

Jim

Otter's Point Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Otter's Point Dory Wood Boat Plans

I love hearing stories and seeing pictures of father/son projects like this.

More info on the boat, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 11' Otter's Point Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Seneca Just Launched in Southern California

Felix Metoyer just sent me this note and these pictures from his recent boat launch.

Hi Jeff,

I can't thank you enough for the plans, a couple years ago you hand delivered them to my wife at her work since it was for Father's Day and wouldn't make it if shipped. This past Sunday the 12th we took our Seneca out for its first hull test. Ultimately we plan on converting the tiller trolling motor to remote steering wheel on the helm and add a proper bench seat in the back, but she did great on the water.

The boats name is "proof of concept" as this was a bit of a test and learning experience for me to prove a boat could be built at home (with a family young child, minimal tools, and not much spare time;-). Although I am sure we will enjoy this lake and harbor boat for some time, my eye is already on the Winchester 23 as the next project to deploy skills learned on this one.

Thanks again and take care,

Felix Metoyer

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Plywood Boat Plans

Nice job for a first attempt at boatbuilding, especially since you're raising a young family! Hope you have a blast with it.

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

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hatteras V-Dory with Cabin Nearing Completion in Poland

Bartosz Soltys is finishing up this 19' Hatteras V-Bottom Dory in Poland. He posted these pictures on his Facebook page.

Hatteras V-Bottom Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Hatteras V-Bottom Dory Wood Boat Plans

Hatteras V-Bottom Dory Plywood Boat Plans

More info on the boat, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 19' Hatteras V-Bottom Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Albion Pacific Power Dory Launched in Massachusetts

Al Dettenreider launched his Albion Pacific Power dory in Massachusetts this summer. He stretched it to 20 feet to have enough space forward for several deck chairs that he and his family could enjoy while cruising the local lakes and rivers. He did a very nice job on it too. Al spent about a year working on it, and heavily used Mark Vicker's videos in the insider section as guidance. By the way, this is Al's first boat, and he started it when he was 82 years old.

Albion Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Albion Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Albion Pacific Power Dory Plywood Boat Plans

More info on the boat, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 19' Albion Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

28' Cajun Folkboat Just Completed in Louisiana

William Atckinson Jr. just completed this 28' Cajun Folkboat, in Lafayette, Louisiana. These were originally powered with single cylinder inboard engines, but this version is adapted to work with modern outboards, from 10 to 65 hp. This is to take visitors on rides through the Bayous of the Atchafalaya Basin.

Cajun Folkboat Wooden Boat Plans

More info on the boat, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 28' Cajun Folkboat Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Wye River Garvey/Dory Completed in California

I recently received these pictures:

Wye River Garvey Wooden Boat Plans

Wye River Garvey Wood Boat Plans

Wye River Garvey Plywood Boat Plans

Wye River Garvey Easy Boat Plans

Nice job!

More info on the boat, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 16' Wye River Garvey/Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rogue Power Drifter launched in Ecuador

I just received this note and these pictures:

Mr. Jeff Spira,

My name is Olguer Heras, I am from Ecuador, I did a lot search on the internet I found a lot of boat plans but did not fill my expectations, until I found your plans.

I decided to build the Rogue Power Drifter, because I am very close to the jungle and the rain forest and we have some white water rivers. It was fun to build. I take a couple of months to finish, but it was worth it.

Thanks, Mister Spira.

I sent you some photos, too. I hope you enjoy it.

Best regards,

Olguer Heras

Rogue Power Drifter Wooden Boat Plans

Rogue Power Drifter Wood Boat Plans

Rogue Power Drifter Plywood Boat Plans

Rogue Power Drifter Easy Boat Plans

Why, yes, I really do enjoy seeing pictures like yours. It looks like you did an excellent job on this boat and I hope you have lots of fun using it in your rivers.

More info on the boat, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 16' Rogue Power Drifter Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Karl Beers' Pescadero Ride

Karl Beers sent me this picture of his homebuilt Pescadero. He runs it in the bays around Deleware and asked about how to make it drier when it's choppy and windy.

Pescadero Carolina Dory Wooden Boat Plans

I suggested some spray rails might help, like these:

Oysterman Carolina Dory Wood Boat Plans

More info on the boat, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 14' Pescadero Carolina Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Perscadero Launched near Washington DC

Michael Randall posted these pics on my Spira Boats Facebook Page. He said:

Got enough done to take it to the bay for two weeks. It really needs a second coat of paint and the inside is mostly epoxy coated. I cut on the transom some as the outboard I had was a short shaft. I plan to fill that back in later when I find a new outboard. I think I'll buy a 15 for when it's really loaded down.

Built the whole thing in about 50 hours.

It does pretty well with the 9.8 horse. Has its quarks at high speeds. It reminds me a lot of flying an old biplane. If anyone has ever flown a biplane you will completely understand. I love everything about it. Even the slightly peculiar traits.

It's a really great casting platform. I can move around in pretty bad stuff standing with a tiller extension.

Already want to build another one it was a lot of fun to put together.

Pescadero Carolina Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Looks good Michael. Enjoy your work.

More info on the boat, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 14' Pescadero Carolina Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Huntington Harbor Kayak Launched in North Carolina

Brian Pawlowski built and launched this modified Huntington Harbor kayak. He lengthened it a bit and used heavier materials. Says it's fast, too.

Huntington Harbor Kayak Free Boat Plans

Huntington Harbor Kayak Wooden Boat Plans

Huntington Harbor Kayak Wooden Boat Plans

Nice job, there, Brian!

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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Friday, September 22, 2017

Huntington Harbor Kayak Built from Free Plans in Iowa

Mark Mahler from Iowa used his homebuilt Huntington Harbor kayak to lead these Boy Scouts on an adventure they will never forget.

I still vividly remember my first boy scout canoe camping trip in Missouri, more than 50 years ago. It instilled a love of boating in me for my entire life.

Huntington Harbor Kayak Free Boat Plans

Huntington Harbor Kayak Wooden Boat Plans

That's some beautiful country there, and it looks like fun is being had all around.

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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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.

I believe in offering you all the information you need to learn more about how to build a boat. That's why I offer free videos, free ebooks, and free reports. There's even some free plans available to isiders and some seminars I've delivered. To join, just click below:

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