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Wednesday June 30, 2021

Mees Hartog Launches his Nova Scotian Dory in the United Arab Emerates

Mees Hartog sent me these pictures of his homebuilt 16' [4.9 M] Nova Scotian Grand Banks Dory from the United Arab Emirates. Here's what he had to say:

Dear Mr. Jeff Spira,
I am you very thankful as have built my first boat, and even I am old happy as a child.

Of course had to over win several hick ups as for me most complicate the epoxy and fiberglass. For this you have to understand that most materials have to come from the US and this epoxy was not allowed.

29 October first photos but had started earlier with buying the ply, fasteners and some tools followed by the lumber. When I started I had only an electric drill and bought some other electric tools as the electric plane have borrowed but bought a new Stanley hand plane at the end.

Another difficulty was building in my garden and not on a flat bottom which I have compensated with water level and 2 strings bottom and bow to stern at sheer clamp level with a rope with weight top down.

The boat was finally also inside painted white as the best in this very hot climate of the UAE and as the last two weeks we had already try the boat, the grey coloured oars had been too hot to touch while we had no problems with the boat.

Sincerely,
Mees Hartog

Nova Scotian Grand Banks Dory Wood Boat Plans

Nova Scotian Grand Banks Dory Wooden Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 16' [4.9 M] Nova Scotian Grand Banks 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.