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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Marco Parrino Launches his Kachemak V-Bottom Dory

Marco Parrino just launched his 17' [5.2 M] Kachemak V-Bottom dory. He posted these pictures on his Facebook page and our group,"Boat Building and Builders." It came out beautifully! He did a fine job on the construction, too.

Kachemak V-Bottom Dory Wood Boat Plans

Kachemak V-Bottom Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Kachemak V-Bottom Dory Plywood Boat Plans

Kachemak V-Bottom Dory Free Boat Plans

More information and FREE study plans may be found here: 17' [5.2 M] Kachemak V-Bottom Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Monday, February 15, 2021

Yes, You Can Build a Boat #18 - Installing the Chine Log

Here's the eighteenth in my "Yes, You Can..." series of videos, all about installing the Chine Log.

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Aaron Triplett Completed Two Huntington Harbor Kayaks

Aaron Triplett finished two Huntington Harbor Kayaks for his sons.

Huntington Harbor Kayak Wood Boat Plans

Huntington Harbor Kayak Wooden Boat Plans

Huntington Harbor Kayak free Boat Plans

More information and FREE plans may be found in the Insider Section: Insider Section Signup

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, February 7, 2021

Phillip Tinker Launches His Courtenay Offshore Power Dory in New Brunswick

Phillip Tinker lauched his 17' [5 M] Courtenay Offshore Pacific Power Dory in New Brunswick, Canada. He says he has had 4000 lbs in it. This about double the design load, and he says it handled just fine. He used 3/4" ply for the decking to hold the load.

Courtenay Offshore Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Courtenay Offshore Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Courtenay Offshore Power Dory plywood Boat Plans

Courtenay Offshore Power Dory easy Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 17' [5 M] Courtenay Offshore Pacific Power Dory Information

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Robert Lee Completes His Tillamook Pacific Power Dory in Pennsylvania

Robert Lee recently sent me these pictures of his Tillamook Pacific Power Dory he recently completed in Pennsylvania. He also sent me this note:

Hello Jeff,
My name is Robert Lee. I live in Pennsylvania and have recently completed building one of your boats. The plans I bought were very easy to follow and for my first boat build all went pretty well. The boat took me approximately 4 months of weekends to build and was a great quarantine project.

Thank you for the great plans and all your guidance with the project,

Robert Lee

Tillamook Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Tillamook Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 15' [4.6 M] Hudson Row/Power Skiff

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Dave Nelson Completed this 16' [4.9 M] Oysterman Carolina Dory

Dave Nelson of Sapulpa, OK sent me this picture of his 16' Oysterman.

Oysterman Carolina Dory Wood Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 16' [4.9 M] Oysterman Carolina Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Jim Coulter's Hudson Skiff Ready for Sea Trials

Jim Coulter just sent me these pictures of his Hudson Row/Power Skiff. He also sent me this note:

Hi Jeff,
Just finished my Hudson 15' row/power skiff. Hope to get it in the water as soon as the weather permits. Thanks for your help during construction.
Jim Coulter

Hudson Row/Power Skiff Wood Boat Plans

Hudson Row/Power Skiff Wooden Boat Plans

Hudson Row/Power Skiff Plywood Boat Plans

Hudson Row/Power Skiff Easy Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 15' [4.6 M] Hudson Row/Power Skiff

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Tom Siemens Just Launched his "Scanoe" Powered Cajun Canoe

Tom Siemens just sent me these great pictures of his Scanoe powered Cajun Canoe. Looks like he's ready for some hunting and fishing in the Louisiana Bayous.

Scanoe Powered Cajun Canoe Wood Boat Plans

Scanoe Powered Cajun Canoe Wooden Boat Plans

Scanoe Powered Cajun Canoe Plywood Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 17' [5.3 M] Scanoe Powered Cajun Canoe Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Charles Woolfe completes his Wye River Garvey Dory

Charles Woolfe just sent me these great pictures of his 16' [4.9 M] Wye River Garvey Dory.

Wye River Garvey Dory Wood Boat Plans

Wye River Garvey Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Wye River Garvey Dory Plywood Boat Plans

Wye River Garvey Dory Home Built Boat Plans

I also included a copy of his Carpenter's Certificate. This is required in some places to register, like Alaska, and it servers as a Birth Certificate for your homebuilt boat. It'll also work with receipts to demonstrate that you built the boat, you didn't just fix up a boat you found floating in the weeds that wasn't originally registered to you.

I supply signed Carpenters Certificates to any boat builder who builds one of my boats and sends me photos and build notesof his project and requests such a certificate.

More information and free study prints may be found at: 16' [4.9 M] Wye River Garvey Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Jeff Crippen's Anacapa Offshore Pacific Power Dory Nearing Completion

Jeff Crippen, who is a pastor in Tillmook Oregon is just finishing up this Anacapa offshore-style Pacific Power dory. These are used for beach launching in the North Pacific to troll for Salmon, and fish for the large bottom fish, like Link Cod, in deep water rocky banks. He just started it this fall and it looks like it'll be ready for salmon season in the spring.

Anacapa Offshore Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

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

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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