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Wednesday June 23, 2021

Joe G Launches His 19' [5.8 M] Albion Pacific Power Dory in Florida

I just got these pictures and note from Joe G in Florida. He did an amazing job on this boat!

Hello Jeff,
We just finished registering our river cruiser, Night Heron here in Florida.

The Night Heron is a cuddy cabin river cruiser based on the 19' Albion Pacific Power Dory hull that we will use for cruising in the shallow waters of the local rivers, bay and keys. On occasion, and in good weather, we plan on taking her out to the Gulf of Mexico where there are a number of shallows where we can anchor for a day trip of fishing.

We equipped the boat with a Mercury 40Hp, Fourstroke engine that makes Night Heron fly over the water at 22 knots (25mph) at 5000 rpm, yet only draws 6 inches of water making it ideal to reach local beaches only accessible by boat. The two bottom strakes we attached (1 1/2 inches high) that run from the stern to the curve at the bow makes her track straight, even as she goes into power circles with no slipping. The strakes also provide a good surface for beaching and saving the hull from wear and tear while we enjoy a pleasant stay on those many boat only accessible beaches.

The cuddy cabin has a berth with a custom 4" foam thick mattress we made that is queen size in length for those overnighters we plan to take. A full size 2 burner propane stainless steel cooktop is also stored under the berth so that we can prepare hot meals in the cockpit [for safety reasons] when on the hook. The anchor, by the way, is a "Bruce", an anchor we respect after our 5 year cruise of the Pacific and Southern Oceans.

Best regards.
Joe G.

Albion Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Albion Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Albion Pacific Power Dory Plywood Boat Plans

Albion Pacific Power Dory Homebuilt Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 19' [5.8 M] Albion Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans

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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.