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.



Monday, September 17, 2018

Winchester Pacific Power Dory just Completed

I just received these pictures of a 23' Winchester Pacific Power Dower dory just completed by Marshall Correu. Wow, what a paint job!

Wooden Boat - Winchester Pacific Power Dory Plans

Wood Boat - Winchester Pacific Power Dory Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 23' Winchester Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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h3>Sunday, September 16, 2018

Bay Matagorda Rowing Boat Completed in Missouri

Robert Smith just sent me these pictures of his Bay Matagorda Rowing Boat built in Missouri. He says he has about 100 hours in it, but it was spread out over most of this year.

Wooden Boat - Bay Matagorda Rowing Boat Plans

Wood Boat - Bay Matagorda Rowing Boat Plans

Plywood Boat - Bay Matagorda Rowing Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 13' Bay Matagorda Rowing Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Canadian Driftboat Chasing Muskies

Ben Paulson posted these pictures of chasing muskies in his homebuilt 14' Canadian Drift boat. Nice boat and nice muskie!

Canadian Drift boat Wood Boat Plans

Canadian Drift boat Wood Boat Plans

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

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Planked Juneau Grand Banks Style Dory Just Launched

Matt Goodwin sent me this picture of his 13' Juneau Grand Banks Dory. He said it glides well, especially solo.

Juneau Grand Banks Dory Wood Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 13' Juneau Grand Banks Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Clemente V-Bottom Dory on Lake Erie

Randy Novak sent me this picture of his 24' Clemente V-Bottom Dory. He says:

Hi Jeff,

We have had simply outstanding walleye and perch fishing on Lake Erie this season. I have learned a lot too about the fishery and boating there there this year. Not to mention made many new friends and got back in touch with old friends because of this great boat. She is powered with a 90 hp 25" shaft 4 stroke Mercury. It is perfect power match and perfect for trolling in following seas. Running about half throttle at 16 knots in mostly three foot heavy chop.

Randy

Clemente V-Bottom Dory Wood Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 24' Clemente V-Bottom Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Friday, August 18, 2018

Mission Bay Ultralight Skiff Launched in Oregon

Eric Rush up in Oregon, sent me these pictures of his Mission Bay Ultralight Stitch-&-Glue skiff. Looks like he had a great time.

Dear Jeff,

I'm surprised my 75-year-old body enjoys rowing! We've had our Mission Bay skiff on the water only a few times so far, two small lakes, a slow-moving river, and this afternoon, We launched on Tillamook Bay where two rivers and several branching sloughs flow in. We rowed inland on the tide and turned back when the tide did, five miles total. Your skiff is very light and easy to row.

Great fun!

Eric

Mission Bay Stitch-&-Glue skiff Wood Boat Plans

Mission Bay Stitch-&-Glue skiff Wooden Boat Plans

Mission Bay Stitch-&-Glue skiff Plywood Boat Plans

Eric also came up with an easy way to launch load his skiff from the back of his pickup truck. Since this boat is so light, it is easy.

Mission Bay Ultralight skiff Wood Boat Plans

Mission Bay Ultralight skiff Wooden Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 11' Mission Bay Ultralight Skiff Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Ixtapa Panga Built in Florida

Roy Taylor, Sr. built this "Big Blue" Ixtapa Panga in Florida. He posted these pictures on his Facebook Page.

Ixtapa Panga Wood Boat Plans

Ixtapa Panga Wooden Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 23' Ixtapa Panga Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Mackinaw Drift Boat for Sale in Oregon

Eric Rush has built quite a number of my boat designs. This Mackinaw he completed in 2015, and now he has to thin the herd, so this one is for sale. I saw it on his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/eric.rush.

Mackinaw Drift Boat Wood Boat Plans

Mackinaw Drift Boat Wooden Boat Plans

Mackinaw Drift Boat Plywood Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 14' Mackinaw McKenzie River style Drift Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

27' Sitka Offshore Power Dory In-Work

Scott Hitt just sent me these pictures of his 27' Sitka offshore type Pacific Power Dory in-work in his shop. He's using batten-seam lumber planking rather then ply covering. It is really looking good.

Sitka Offshore Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Sitka Offshore Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Sitka Offshore Power Dory Plywood Boat Plans

Sitka Offshore Power Dory Easy Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 27' Sitka Offshore Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Tillamook Pacific Power Dory launched in Washington

I just got this note and these pictures:

Hi Jeff,

Just put the finishing touches on my Tillamook up in Puyallup WA. It is a pure fishing machine, with 2 trolling motors, washdown pump, 2 bilge pumps, GPS fish finder, and downrigger. I went with an open floor because I wanted as much room as possible seeing as I fish for Salmon, bottom fish, kokanee, bass and do some crabbing. Thanks for all the info while I was building it.

Sincerely,
Kevin Frodsham

Tillamook Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Tillamook Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

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

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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