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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Jeremiah & Amelia's Tillamook Pacific Power Dory

I just got this email and these pictures.

Hi Jeff,
My daughter Amelia and I made this skiff together! It is powered by 30hp 2stroke Johnson.
Thanks for the plans,
Jeremiah

Tillamook Pacific Power Dory wooden boat plans

Tillamook Pacific Power Dory wood boat plans

Tillamook Pacific Power Dory plywood boat plans

I love it when I see families build boats together.

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 17' Tillamook Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

James Prokos' Seneca Pacific Power Dory

James Prokos just posted these pictures of his recently completed Seneca Pacific Power Dory. The pictures were taken at Fountain Lake, Daytona Beach, Florida.

Seneca Pacific Power Dory wooden boat plans

Seneca Pacific Power Dory wood boat plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 14' Seneca Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Danny Kobold's Mackinaw Drift Boat

Danny Kobold's Mackinaw Drift Boat in its native habitat. He's from Montana.

Mackinaw Drift Boat wood boat plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 14' Mackinaw Drift Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Chuck Barlett's Oysterman Dory

Chuck Barlett recently splashed this homebuilt Oysterman Carolina-style dory. He posted this on our Boatbuilding Facebook group. It looks as though the boat handles him, his wife and their dog, handily.

Oysterman Carolina-style dory wooden boat plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 16' Oysterman Carolina-style Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Johnny Turner's Albion Pacific Power Dory

Johnny Turner just completed and launched his 19' Albion Pacific Power dory. This appears to be North Carolina, a great place for outdoor fun, especially on a boat. He did a really nice job on dory and his falily looks like they're having a blast.

Albion Pacific Power Dory wooden boat plans

Albion Pacific Power Dory wood boat plans

Albion Pacific Power Dory easy boat plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 19' Albion Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Matt Russel's Huntington Harbor Kayak

Matt Russel's Huntington Harbor Kayak. This boat was built at the The Hudson Valley Center for Veteran Reintegration (https://www.facebook.com/HVCVR/) a nonprofit organization to assist returned veterans to civilian life. The painting was done by "Don, the painter." Just wow. This one is really beautiful, and the group can use your support: https://hvcvr.org/.

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huntington harbvor kayak wood boat plans

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The plans to build this boat are free when you join the insider section here: Join Boatbuilding Insider page.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Phillip Counselman's Recently Completed Carolinian Carolina Style Dory

Phillip Counselman recently completed this very nicely done 18' Carolinian Carolina style dory.

Carolinian Carolina Style Dory wooden boat plans

Carolinian Carolina Style Dory wood boat plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 18' Carolinian Carolina Style Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

James Auvil Launches his Hatteras V-Bottom Carolina Dory

James Auvil just launched his recently completed 19' Hatteras V-Bottom Carolina Dory in Maryland. He did such a nice job on it. Here's what he wrote to me:

Hi Jeff,
In February 2017, I began building this boat in my garage. After two and a half years of work, I completed my 19.5 foot V-Bottom Hatteras Carolina Dory and launched it on Friday, 26 Jul 2019 on the Bush River which empties into the Chesapeake Bay.

The early concept was to build a no-frills working boat for fishing and crabbing. As I began working on the gunwales, I created a pattern using white oak and cherry and it came out so beautiful that I had to keep going. By the time I finished, it was a work of art. It's not quite a piece of "floating furniture" but it did come out much nicer than I originally planned.

I named the boat "Shibui" which roughly translates to beauty derived from imperfection. The wood working isn't perfect, but to me that adds value as it's clear this was hand-made boat and not mass-produced. If anyone suffers from low self-esteem, I recommend building a boat like this.

I get compliments every time I take it out on the water and even had a police officer follow me until I stopped so he could get out of his car and ask about the boat. He took pictures!

James

Hatteras V-Bottom Carolina Dory wooden boat plans

Hatteras V-Bottom Carolina Dory wood boat plans

Hatteras V-Bottom Carolina Dory easy boat plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 19' Hatteras V-Bottom Carolina Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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