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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Homebuilt Grander Whitewater Dory in the Grand Canyon

I received this email and pictures just yesterday.

Dear Jeff,
Several years ago I wrote to you asking for a double ender whitewater dory design. Within a year a design was out for the Grander. Two years I finally had the time to undertake the building of the dory and the space to build it. Wow! What a year it has been. It was a daily learning experience. I stopped working on the dory at least twice simply because it was more than I could do. With encouragement from friends and a friend who put in many hours, I finally finished the dory two weeks before my Grand Canyon launch date: March 22, 2017.

Take a look at her and realize she (Zenah) was the best dory a person could use to run the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Zenah took on the biggest holes and grandest wave with ease. I never thought during the entire 235 mile trip with a hundred plus rapids that she would fail me. What an incredible design and awesome dory. Lava Falls is one of the biggest rapids on the Grand, the pictures will give you an idea of the wave size.


Dale Holt Houghtaling

Grander Whitewater Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Grander Whitewater Dory Wood Boat Plans

235 miles and 100 rapids? Wow, what a trip that must have been. So happy you enjoyed it and the dory!

More information and access to free study prints, and links to purchase these plans may be downloaded at: 17' Grander Whitewater Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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