Plans to build the 30' Key West Carolina Dory

Larger Carolina type dory skiffs seem to be getting more and more popular. I've had quite a few people ask for a larger boat than the Key Largo, so I'd like to introduce the Key West. It's 30 x 8-1/2 so it is still trailerable throughout the US and in Canada. It will get up and plane fine with 75 horses and a big crew aboard. In fact, it will hold 20 people or more if needed. Like the other Carolina dories, this one is ecomomical to build and operate, can handle rough or smooth water, shallow or deep, and haul a huge load, if needed.

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About Carolina Dories

The Carolina Dory is a specialized type of craft derived from the original Grand Banks styles after the advent of power. It was quickly learned that the built-in rocker on the bottoms of traditional dories was fine for the very limited speeds possible with oar or sail power, but only held the boats back once gasoline and diesel engines became available. As a result, builders straightened out the bottoms to allow the boat to plane, and the Carolina Dory was born. These sturdy craft were originally used as commercial fishing boats in the mid-Atlantic states, especially in the inland and nearshore waters around the Carolinas. Unlike modern power boats, Carolina Dories don't require lots of power to move along at quite a good clip. They're economical and exhibit their traditional dory heritage by performing quite well and safely in choppy conditions.



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