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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Ralph Puertas Splashes His Carolinian Dory in Michigan

Ralph Puertas just completed and launched his home built 18' Carolinian Carolina style Dory in Traverse City, Michigan. He sent me this email, these pictures:

Hi Jeff,
I wanted to send you some pictures of my completed project. The project was really fun and fulfilling. Here's some building highlights. The floorboards were made to be removable. The fuel cell is located under the center console front seat. I ran all of the wires through 1/2" plastic tubing running under the floor boards and through the drain channels. This keeps the wires from getting wet and I didn't need to drill through the frames. The bottom was covered in two layers of 6oz cloth and then protected with three more coats of a graphite/epoxy mixture. The exterior hull was covered with one coat of glass and the bow has several coats and layers. Any exterior hole into the hull or internal hole in the frames (steering and throttle) were all sealed with epoxy. I'll be doing the same thing with the garboards that arrived today.

A local supply house was going out of business so I got a great deal on the steering, epoxy and radio. I had the Lowrance and VHF. I purchased a new Suzuki 25hp which needs to be broken in. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go full throttle today, so I'm still anxious to see what the boat can do. Overall, it handled well and took waves well too.

Thanks for the plans and also for all the help you provided during the build. Safe boating!

Ralph Puertas
Traverse City, MI

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It came out great!

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