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Saturday November 27, 2021

John Knowles Anacapa Offshore Dory in Maine

John Knowles built this Anacapa Offshore Power Dory in Maine this year. He started in January and it was in the water by June. Nice job!

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Plywood 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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Tuesday November 16, 2021

Ron Janson's Carolinian Goes Hunting in Michigan

Ron Janson's Carolinian built in Michigan just posted these pictures on facebook, and explained:

Took my 18' Carolina Dory to Michigan's upper peninsula this past weekend for walleye fishing and duck hunting. Really impressed how well it held up on the trailer and in the water.

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

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

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Wednesday November 10, 2021

Michael Stendzis and his Seneca Pacific Power Dory in Ontario Canada

Michael Stendzis finished up his 14' [4.3 M] Seneca Pacific Power Dory in Southern Ontario Canada. Here's the note he sent me along with the pictures:

Hello Jeff,
Please find attached some photos of my recently completed Seneca for inclusion in your launchings section!
I built the boat from your plans between May 2019 and July 2021. The process was incredibly fun, with lots of challenges to figure out as I went, having never completed a woodworking project of this scale before. She is named "Camilla C" as a tribute to my beloved grandmother. We are enjoying boating her around southern Ontario, Canada.
Thanks,
Michael S.

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Plywood Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 14' [4.3 M] Seneca Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Monday November 8, 2021

David Morrell is Finishing his Seneca Pacific Power Dory in Connecticut

David Morrell is finishing up this 14' [4.3 M] Seneca Pacific Power Dory in Terryville, CT. He stretched it as well. He's planning to polish up the interior this winter and use it when spring comes.

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Plywood Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 14' [4.3 M] Seneca Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday November 7, 2021

Edgar's Seneca Pacific Power Dory

A builder named Edgar is building this 14' [4.3 M] Seneca Pacific Power Dory in his garage. He stretched it 10%. Looks like he has a fun winter project.

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Plywood Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 14' [4.3 M] Seneca Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Wednesday November 3, 2021

Kalle Wegelius's Albion Power Dory Built in Finland

Kalle Wegelius built this 19' [5.8 M] Albion Pacific Power Dory in Finland. He says it's not quite done, but useable. Winter has started there and he plans on finishing everything up and using it in earnest next spring.

Albion Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Albion Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Albion Pacific Power Dory Plywood Boat Plans

Albion Pacific Power Dory Homebuilt Boat Plans

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

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Wednesday October 13, 2021

Jeff Deuschle's Seneca Pacific Power Dory in Oregon

I was googling around and ran across an ad for this Seneca Pacific Power dory in Beaverton Oregon. Apparently he built it in 2016. I haven't seen these pictures before nor contacted him yet. I'll pass along any contact info to him if you're interested. Here's what he had to say about his boat:

Selling my dory to build another one. In excellent shape built out of Mahogany and marine ply and glassed seams, comes with trolling motor, duel battery bank, Garmin GPS/fish finder and the "EasyLoader" trailer. 14 feet built from Spira International Seneca Pacific Dory flat bottom plans.

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Plywood Boat Plans

Seneca Pacific Power Dory Homebuilt Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 14' [4.3 M] Seneca Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Tuesday October 05, 2021

Jim Speerstra Launches His Homebuilt Hudson Skiff

Jim Speerstra launched his homebuilt Hudson Skiff. He sent me these pictures and note:

Jeff,
This is only our third launch, but we get excited comments on your Hudson every time!!

We are at Hessel, MI for a few days. This is absolute wooden boat country, with folks coming from all over to show their antique Mahogany / Teak toys.

I have sent another potential customer your way today!!

Hope you are well and happy,

Jim Speerstra

Hudson Skiff Wood Boat Plans

Hudson Skiff Wooden Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 15' [4.8 M] Hudson Skiff Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Monday October 04, 2021

Mike Stoikes Building His Champlain Skiff

Mike Stoikes just sent me these great pictures of his Champlain Skiff project. He's doing a fine job, there.

Champlain Skiff Wood Boat Plans

Champlain Skiff Wooden Boat Plans

Champlain Skiff Plywood Boat Plans

Champlain Skiff Easy Boat Plans

Champlain Skiff Homebuilt Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 11' [3.5 M] Champlain Skiff Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday October 02, 2021

Pete Woodward Registering His Nola Garvey Dory

Pete Woodward just sent me these pictures and note:

Hope to get registration and decals this week. Looking forward to launching soon, I'll send you pictures and a video of her on the water.

Nola Garvey Dory Wood Boat Plans

Nola Garvey Dory Wooden Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 14' [4.3 M] Nola Garvey Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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>Thursday September 30, 2021

Juan Perez Using His Carolinian in the Florida Keys

Juan posted these pictures on my Facebook Boat Building group. He and his family completed the build last winter.

Carolinian Carolina Dory Wood Boat Plans

Carolinian Carolina Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Carolinian Carolina Dory Plywood Boat Plans

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

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Wednesday September 29, 2021

James Vibert Finishing His Huntington Harbor Kayak from Free Plans

James Vibert just sent me these great Huntington Harbor Kayak pics. He's just finishing his project, and this shows it just after he completed the paint. It's a great color combo, and love that wood seat finish, too.

Huntiongton Harbor Kayak Free Boat Plans

Huntiongton Harbor Kayak Wooden Boat Plans

FREE plans and Construction Manual may be downloaded at: Huntiongton Harbor Kayak - Free Boat Plans and Construction Manual

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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.