Boatbuilding Tips and Tricks

I've been compiling this blog of boatbuilding tips and tricks, plus launchings and in-progress boatbuilding projects for years now. The vast majority of the questions I receive by email have already been asked by someone else, so if you take the time to read through the archives, you'll probably run across many the questions you may already have plus find answers to questions you haven't thought of yet. You also get a chance to look through many of the projects that others are building. I try to include as many of the photos I receive from builders as well, some from facebook pages.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Anacapa Pacific Power Dory with Cabin Just Completed

Another great email and photos of this beautiful Anacapa boat just arrived:


I have launched my boat July 27, 2015, I started the build on December 4, 2014. I have 814 hours in the build. The boat performs very Well. I installed a new 70 HP Yamaha 4 stroke outboard with the command link instrument package. The boat reached 29 MPH at 6200 RPM. Getting 5.4 MPG of fuel. At 4000 rpm The boat traveled at 12 MPH getting 7.2 MPG. It planed out almost instantly when power was applied. It is a great little boat.

My final LOB is 19' 6 3/4". I added 4" between frames 1 and the transom to allow more room for bilge pumps. The boat weighs 2144 lbs with motor, batteries and a full fuel tank. I installed 23 gallon permanent fuel tank under the front passenger seat.

This has been the most enjoyable project I have ever done. And by far the most rewarding. I want to thank you for a great hull design and for all of the help you gave me alone the way. I know my wife and I will enjoy is boat for many years to come.


John English

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Wow, John. This boat is stunning looking. Very nice job making it look like an authentic old-time lobster boat.

The plans for the 19' Anacapa Offshore Power Dory may be downloaded at: 19' Anacapa Offshore Power Dory boat plans.

John completed a great blog of his build at:

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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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.

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