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, October 21, 2018

Walden Skiff Just Launched

Benjamin Henderson just finished this 12' Row/Power skiff for use in some of the smaller water areas in his neighborhood. He also built an Albion for the bigger water.

Wooden Boat - Walden Skiff Plans

Wood Boat - Walden Skiff Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: Walden Skiff Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Glousterman Ultralight Dory

Mike Ran just finished up this 15' Glousterman ultralight dory. He made several changes, including making it a double ender. It came out beautiful. It's Okoume ply with cherry wood rails. He said he had a great time and will be building some more boats in the future.

Wooden Boat - Glousterman Ultralight Dory Plans

Wood Boat - Glousterman Ultralight Dory Plans

plywood Boat - Glousterman Ultralight Dory Plans

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

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Completed in Austria

Markus Leodolter sent me these pictures of a 4.3M (14') Seneca Pacific Power Dower dory. He built it of Douglass Fir and laminated Pine, and intends to use it in the Austrian Rivers and when on holiday (vacation on this side of the pond) in in the Adriatic Sea in Croatia, Slovenia and Italia.

Wooden Boat - Seneca Pacific Power Dory Plans

Wood Boat - Seneca Pacific Power Dory Plans

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

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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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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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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