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Here are the latest few blog posts. The balance of this years, appear below the list of posts and the column on the right, the index, lists all posts since 2008 when I started this blog, over 400 posts and 9 years.



Sunday, August 18, 2019

Eddie Guillot Launches his Oysterman Carolina Dory in Ohio

Eddie Guillot launched his homebuilt 16' Oysterman Carolina Dory in Ohio.

Oysterman Carolina Dory Wooden boat plans

Oysterman Carolina Dory Wood boat plans

Oysterman Carolina Dory Easy boat plans

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

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Charles Barletta Oysterman Carolina Dory in New York

Charles Barletta having fun with his 16' Oysterman Carolina Dory in upstate New York.

Oysterman Carolina Dory Wooden boat plans

Oysterman Carolina Dory Wood boat plans

Oysterman Carolina Dory Easy boat plans

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

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Michael Howell Launched his Willamette River Kayak

Michael Howell just launched his home-built 15' Willamette River Kayak. He posted these pictures and video on my Boat Building and Builder's Facebook group.

Willamette River Kayak Wooden boat plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 15' / 18' Willamette River Kayak Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Monday, July 17, 2019

Scott Bell's Recetly Completed Carolinian Carolina style Dory

Scott Bell recently completed this 18' Carolinian Carolina style dory. He posted these pictures and video on my Boat Building and Builder's Facebook group.

Carolinian Carolina Dory Wood boat plans

Carolinian Carolina Dory Wooden boat plans

Carolinian Carolina Dory Easy boat plans

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

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Monday, July 9, 2019

Earl Vidler's Caladesi Carlina style Dory

Earl Vidler recently finished this 20' Caladesi Carolina style dory. He posted these pictures on my Boat Building and Builder's Facebook group.

Caladesi Carlina Dory Wood boat plans

Caladesi Carlina Dory Wooden boat plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 20' Caladesi Carlina Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Corey Katsak's Sailing Nova Scotian Grand Banks Dory

Corey Katsak just completed this very well made 16' Nova Scotian sailing dory. Nice job! He said this in his email:

Hey Jeff,
I bought one your plans for the 16' grand banks dory back in March. I just finished building it today. I made a few changes to the design, like scarfing the plywood seams and using local Pennsylvania white oak for the frame, interior wood work, rudder, and dagger board. I also use I sunfish sail in a oceanic sprite rig with a laminated Douglas fir mast and boom for the sail. I attached a few pictures. Your plans were great. I had a lot of fun with the build.
Corey Katsak

Nova Scotian Grand Banks Dory Wood boat plans

Nova Scotian Grand Banks Dory Wooden boat plans

Nova Scotian Grand Banks Dory easy boat plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 16' Nova Scotian Grand Banks Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Fred Damerow's Tillamook Pacific Power Dory

Fred Damerow just sent me this picture of his 17' Tillamook Pacific Power dory that he just launched. Looking good! Here's am excerpt from his email:

Hi Jeff:
She's in the water for the second time. Seems to be doing fine with a 40hp. Tracks well and turns well.
Regards, Fred.

Tillamook Pacific Power Dory Wood boat plans

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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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Jason Thompson's Wye River Garvey Dory

Jason Thompson just sent me a question about his current boat building project (A Glousterman Ultralight Rowing Dory) and sent along this photo and description of his previous project, a 16' Wye River Garvey/Dory. Here's what he had to say about it:

The Wye River Garvey I constructed from your design is WONDERFUL. I modified it a bit and added an inboard jet. It easily handles 4 inches of water at 32 mph upstream and 36 mph downstream on my local Chemung river!
Thank you,
Jason Thompson

Wye River Garvey Dory Wood boat plans

Wye River Garvey Dory Wooden boat plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans of this boat may be found at: 16' Wye River Garvey Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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