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Monday, November 23, 2020

Beau Smith Launched his Boothbay Dory built from FREE PLANS.

Beau Smith just finished this Boothbay, to teach his children about rowing boats. Here's what he had to say about it:

Hi Jeff,
Thank you for posting the blueprints for the mini dory. We had a ton of fun building it. I had never thought of building a wooden boat before. I stumbled across one of your videos on YouTube looking at aluminum boat builds. I think I'm going to do a polling skiff next. I'm hooked on wood boats now.

Thanks again,
Beau Smith

The FREE BOAT PLANS are available in either Imperial (feet and inches) or Metric (Meters and Millimeters) in my insider section.

Boothbay Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Boothbay Dory Free Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Roman Dybala's 9' [2.7 M] Boothbay Dory built from FREE PLANS in Australia.

Roman Dybala just tried out his homebuilt 9' [2.7 M] Boothbay Dory, built in Australia. The FREE BOAT PLANS are available in either Imperial (feet and inches) or Metric (Meters and Millimeters) in my insider section.

You probvably have the materials to build this in your garage right now.

Boothbay Dory Wood Boat Plans

Boothbay Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Boothbay Dory Free Boat Plans

Boothbay Dory Plywood Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Andy Berry Launches His Bay Matagorda Rowing Skiff for Fly Fishing

Andy Berry just launched his Bay Matagorda Rowing Skiff and tries it out for fly fishing in a lake amid the autumn leaf change:

Bay Matagorda Rowing Skiff Wood Boat Plans

Bay Matagorda Rowing Skiff Wooden Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 13' [4 M] Bay Matagorda Rowing Skiff Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Brian Bailey's Chalmette Micro-Skiff Built in South Africa

Brian Bailey just sent me these pictures of his Chalmette Micro-Skiff. Here's what he had to say about it:

Hi Jeff,
Greetings from Plettenberg bay in South Africa. I've built my first boat using your plans. So far I'm very pleased and it's a sound fly fishing platform.

Thanks and Best regards,
Brian Bailey

Chalmette Micro-Skiff Wood Boat Plans

Chalmette Micro-Skiff Wooden Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 14' [4.3 M] Chalmette Micro-Skiff Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Dominick Rosa's Carolinian Dory

Dominick Rosa just flipped over his Carolinian and is now ready for a motor and trailer as he gets it ready for launching. Very nice paint job!

Carolinian Carolina Dory Wood Boat Plans

Carolinian Carolina Dory Wooden Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 18' [5.5 M] Carolinian Carolina-style Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

John Davis's Key Largo Carolina Dory Video

John Davis gave me the OK to publish this great videos of his homebuilt 24' [7.3 M] Key Largo, Carolina Style Dory running in the inland passage of North Carolina. The video is great and includes a lot of great drone fiitage. He did a fine job on the build and the boat really runs fine in that water.

More information and free study prints may be found at: 24' [7.3 M] Key Largo Carolina Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Juan Perez Launched his Carolinian Dory in Florida

Juan Perez lauched his 18' [5.5 M] Carolinian Carolina-style Dory in Florida. It was built for and run by his daughter, and she performed much of the construction. He plans to use the 90 horse motor for a futire build, and will downsize it on this build.

Carolinian Carolina Dory Wood Boat Plans

Carolinian Carolina Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Carolinian Carolina Dory Plywood Boat Plans

Here's Day 1, Frame #1 about a year and a half ago. In the meanwhile, though, he also built and launched a Bahia 12' Panga, seen in the June 10, 2020 blog post.

Carolinian Carolina Dory Easy Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 18' [5.5 M] Carolinian Carolina-style Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Ian Dickson's Nova Scotian Grand Banks Dory Build Video

Ian Dickson gave me the OK to also publish this video of his homebuilt Nova Scotian Grand Banks Dory in Alaska. He did a great job and you can see how easily it rows.

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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Saturday, October 30, 2020

Eric Rush's Tillamook Pacific Power Dory Construction

Eric Rush gave me the go to also publish these great videos of his homebuilt Tillamook Pacific Power dory including the construction and some great videos of him salmon trolling and using it in ocean, bay and river waters of Tillamook County, Oregon. The construction videos are very well described and narrated by Eric.

More information and free study prints may be found at: 17' [5.2 M] Tillamook Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Boat Building Podcast Launched

I just launched my Podcast Series on Boat Building. The first few are taken from some of my boatbuilding videos, but I'll be adding many more over time. They'll be available on Apple itunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/spira-boat-building/id1537263452, Spotify, and all of the other main podcasting outlets. Have a listen to them if you like.

Jeff Spira Boatbuilding Podcasts

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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