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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Seneca Pacific Dory Completed in Washington

Just got this note from a builder in Washington.

Hey Jeff,
I just completed the construction of a 14 foot Seneca pacific power dory. I started the boat in October and finished up on Easter. Since then, I have used the boat three times in Lake Washington near Seattle. The construction was definitely more work than I thought but I ended up with a great boat. We placed a 15 horsepower motor on the boat which pushes it along well. With one person you are flying across the water but once you get up to three people it slows down a lot. With two people, I could get the boat going about 16 mph. I would like to potentially get a bigger motor. The Seneca cuts through larger waves well and is quite stable. The boat building experience was great and I would like to continue it in the future.

Thanks for all of your help!


Seneca Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Plywood Boat Plans

Now that is a beautiful interior!

More information and access to free study prints, and links to purchase these 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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