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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Roman Dybala Launches His Homebuilt Glousterman Rowing Dory in Australia

Roman Dybala just finished up and launched this 15' [4.6 M] Glousterman Ultralight Rowing Dory in Melbourne Australia. It is a 42 lb [19 kg] stitch and glue design that is made from just two sheets of 1/4" [6 mm] plywood.

Glousterman Ultralight Rowing Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Glousterman Ultralight Rowing Dory Wood Boat Plans

Glousterman Ultralight Rowing Dory Plywood Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 15' [4.6 M] Glousterman Ultralight Rowing Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Friday, December 11, 2020

More Pictures and a Description of Fred Carr-Smith's Ensenada Panga Build

Fred Carr-Smith sent me these additional pictures of his Ensenada Panga. Here's what he said in his email:

Hi Jeff,
It was a pleasure to build this Ensenada Panga, and it saw me through lockdown. It took 5 months of easy work, as much or as little each day I wanted to work. Think it could have been done in 2 months working steadily. My active boating days are over due to arthritus and dicky hips. So when I finished it I put it on ebay and was inundated with requests to build boats for people or refit what they had. It sold very quickly to a guy in Norfolk whose job in life it to inspect boats and give them the CE mark, so he new what he was getting.

A lot of people said how clever I was but I always answered, "The clever guy was the one that designed it, in such an easy way for me to build it." It is undeniably a pretty boat, Jeff and that's all down to you. I just stuck the bits of wood together. Isn't epoxy marvelous? The only thing I would change is the steering console. It is just a tad too big and some of the angles are wrong. Hindsight is a wonderful gift, if we had it.

Cheers,
Fred

Fred did a great job, and obviously selected some great lumber for his build.

Ensenada Panga Wood Boat Plans

Ensenada Panga Wooden Boat Plans

Ensenada Panga Plywood Boat Plans

Ensenada Panga Easy Boat Plans

Ensenada Panga Free Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 14' [4.3 M] Ensenada Panga Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Rafa Cuello Launches his Hudson Skiff in Argentina

Rafa Cuello just completed and launched his 15' [4.6 M] Hudson Skiff in Argentina. Since it is early summer there it looks like he's going to have a blast with his new boat exploring and camping along the river this season.

Hudson Skiff Wood Boat Plans

Hudson Skiff Wooden Boat Plans

Hudson Skiff Plywood Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 15' [4.6 M] Hudson Skiff Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Fred Carr-Smith Completes his 14' [4.3 M] Ensenada Panga in Great Britain.

Fred Carr-Smith just finished this 14' [4.3 M] Ensenada Panga in the United Kingdom. He built it from the Metric plans. It came out beautiful!

Ensenada Panga Wooden Boat Plans

Ensenada Panga Plywood Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 14' [4.3 M] Ensenada Panga Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Beau Smith Launched his Boothbay Dory built from FREE PLANS.

Beau Smith just finished this Boothbay, to teach his children about rowing boats. Here's what he had to say about it:

Hi Jeff,
Thank you for posting the blueprints for the mini dory. We had a ton of fun building it. I had never thought of building a wooden boat before. I stumbled across one of your videos on YouTube looking at aluminum boat builds. I think I'm going to do a polling skiff next. I'm hooked on wood boats now.

Thanks again,
Beau Smith

The FREE BOAT PLANS are available in either Imperial (feet and inches) or Metric (Meters and Millimeters) in my insider section.

Boothbay Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Boothbay Dory Free Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Roman Dybala's 9' [2.7 M] Boothbay Dory built from FREE PLANS in Australia.

Roman Dybala just tried out his homebuilt 9' [2.7 M] Boothbay Dory, built in Australia. The FREE BOAT PLANS are available in either Imperial (feet and inches) or Metric (Meters and Millimeters) in my insider section.

You probvably have the materials to build this in your garage right now.

Boothbay Dory Wood Boat Plans

Boothbay Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Boothbay Dory Free Boat Plans

Boothbay Dory Plywood Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Andy Berry Launches His Bay Matagorda Rowing Skiff for Fly Fishing

Andy Berry just launched his Bay Matagorda Rowing Skiff and tries it out for fly fishing in a lake amid the autumn leaf change:

Bay Matagorda Rowing Skiff Wood Boat Plans

Bay Matagorda Rowing Skiff Wooden Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 13' [4 M] Bay Matagorda Rowing Skiff Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Brian Bailey's Chalmette Micro-Skiff Built in South Africa

Brian Bailey just sent me these pictures of his Chalmette Micro-Skiff. Here's what he had to say about it:

Hi Jeff,
Greetings from Plettenberg bay in South Africa. I've built my first boat using your plans. So far I'm very pleased and it's a sound fly fishing platform.

Thanks and Best regards,
Brian Bailey

Chalmette Micro-Skiff Wood Boat Plans

Chalmette Micro-Skiff Wooden Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 14' [4.3 M] Chalmette Micro-Skiff Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Dominick Rosa's Carolinian Dory

Dominick Rosa just flipped over his Carolinian and is now ready for a motor and trailer as he gets it ready for launching. Very nice paint job!

Carolinian Carolina Dory Wood Boat Plans

Carolinian Carolina Dory Wooden Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 18' [5.5 M] Carolinian Carolina-style Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

John Davis's Key Largo Carolina Dory Video

John Davis gave me the OK to publish this great videos of his homebuilt 24' [7.3 M] Key Largo, Carolina Style Dory running in the inland passage of North Carolina. The video is great and includes a lot of great drone fiitage. He did a fine job on the build and the boat really runs fine in that water.

More information and free study prints may be found at: 24' [7.3 M] Key Largo Carolina Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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