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 300 posts and 8 years.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Lynn Leksell's Oysterman Carolina Dory

Lynn Leksell recently completed this Oysterman Carolina dory. He posted this in my Boatbuilding Facebook group:

Hi Jeff,
Here's the Oysterman I built from your plans. I chose this design to be easy to launch and to exercise six or seven outboard motors that I had. I had a lot of materials on hand, so I invested less than $500 dollars total. The frames were lumberyard 2x4's, bottom 1/2" MDO. and the sides 1/4" AB fir plywood. I fastened with Gorilla Glue and Epoxy and stainless screws.
The boat performs well with 25hp, I was surprised to find it can use more horse power than I expected. It's a pretty boat, I get stopped a lot by larger boat ownerss wondering where I got it. I tell them I built it with one hand (I lost my right hand in a farm accident 45 years ago.)
I really enjoy the boat. Building a boat was on my bucket list (every one should do it once.) Thanks for the great design.
Regards,
Lynn Leksell

Oysterman Carolina dory Wooden Boat Plans

Oysterman Carolina dory Wood Boat Plans

Lynn did a great job, especially with only one hand!

More information and access to free study prints, and links to purchase the plans for the 16' Oysterman Carolina Dory Boat plans may be downloaded at: 16' Oysterman Carolina Dory Boat plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

How to Build a Seneca Pacific Power Dory

I just uploaded this new video about how to build a Seneca Pacific Power Dory.

More information and access to free study prints, and links to purchase the plans may be downloaded at: 14' Seneca Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bob Heidenreich Huntington Harbor Kayaks

Bob Heidenreich just uploaded these pictures and video to his Facebook page.

Huntington Harbor Kayak Wooden Boat Plans

Huntington Harbor Kayak Free Boat Plans

Huntington Harbor Kayak Plywood Boat Plans

These plans are free and are available when you join the insider section: Boatbuilding Insider Page - Free Kayak Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

How to Build a Caladesi Carolina Power Dory

I just uploaded this new video about how to build a Caladesi Carolina Power Dory. I have illustrated a number of boats with cabins, as well as several videos of these in operation.

More information and access to free study prints, and links to purchase the plans may be downloaded at: 20' Caladesi Carolina Power Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Monday, February 13, 2017

How to Build an Anacapa Offshore Power Dory

I just uploaded this new video about how to build an Anacapa Offshore Power Dory. I have illustrated a number of boats with cabins, as well as several videos of these in operation.

More information and access to free study prints, and links to purchase the plans may be downloaded at: 19' Anacapa Offshore Power Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

New Mackinaw Just Completed in British Columbia

Just got this email and photo of a new Mackinaw Drift Boat build.

Hi Jeff,
Another Mackinaw ready to go.
Plans were great but had a little trouble bending the 1/2 inch marine plywood on the sides.
As soon as the water softens up a tad we'll give it a go.
Many thanks,
Wayne Sissons
Bella Coola, BC
Canada.

Mackinaw McKenzie River Drift Boat Dory Wooden Boat Plans

More information and access to free study prints, and links to purchase the plans may be downloaded at: 13' Mackinaw Drift Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Doc Mott's Grand Banks Dory

One of my customers, Doc Mott, just sent me this picture of his 16' Grand Banks dory out for its first voyage earlier this year. He was very pleased with its performance.

Nova Scotian Grand Banks Dory Wooden Boat Plans

More information and access to free study prints, and links to purchase the plans for the 16' Nova Scotian Grand Banks Dory plans may be downloaded at: 16' Nova Scotian Grand Banks Dory Boat Plans.

The plans for this design also include a homebuilt sailing rig.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Anacapa Dory Winter Maiden Voyage

The builder, Vic Bottomly lives in South-Eastern Washington, and can only put a few hours per week on this project, balancing his time between his day job and family. It took him about a year and a half, and he figures about 220 hours and $1500 to build the hull. He said he had some of the materials and epoxy, and if he accounted for everything, it would cost about $2000 - way less than the trailer or motor.

He said this about the test run: "And finally, most pleasing of all, she planed fine at half throttle. The GPS showed 11.5 mph going against a 1-2 knot current and the bow settled nicely. The motor is still in break-in phase, so I didn't go over 3000 rpms, but at that power, GPS readout was over 16 mph against that current. My most optimistic Crouch formula results gave me 19.5 mph at 1600 pounds with a 20 hp motor, and I'm thinking, once it is broken in, we will realistically hit that."

Anacapa Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Anacapa Pacific Power Wood Boat Plans

Anacapa Pacific Power Plywood Boat Plans

Anacapa Pacific Power Easy Boat Plans

Very nice job on this build. Vic has many photos on the Wooden Boat Forum web site.

More information and access to free study prints, and links to purchase the plans for the 19' Anacapa Offshore Pacific Power Dory plans may be downloaded at: 19' Anacapa Offshore Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Boat Construction Seminar Video Added to Insider Page

This is the seminar I gave at the 2016 Port Aransas Wooden Boat Building exposition. In it I discuss the different construction methods for homebuilt boats, beginning with the traditional carvel planked boats, and going through lapstrake, cold forming, and my own plywood composite method, as well as stitch and glue construction methods. I discuss the methods used, fasteners, bonding, fiberglassing, and lots more aboyt how to build your oun boat.

Boat Construction Seminar Video

Join up for free and see this great seminar:

Download Free Plans for the Huntington Harbor Kayak

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Tim Roualet Mackinaw Drift Boat Sailor

Tim Roualet just built one of my Mackinaw drift boat designs into a carvel planked sailboat. He sent me this email today:

Hi Jeff,
Had fun building it. Works just fine.
Thanks,
Tim Roualet.

Mackinaw Sailboat Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Mackinaw Sailboat Dory Wood Boat Plans

Mackinaw Sailboat Dory Plywood Boat Plans

Mackinaw Sailboat Dory Easy Boat Plans

Tim did a beautiful job. I never saw this boat as a sailor, but it seems to do great!

More information and access to free study prints, and links to purchase the plans for the 14' Mackinaw Drift Boat plans may be downloaded at: 14' Mackinaw Dory 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.

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:

Download Free Plans for the Huntington Harbor Kayak

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