How To Build a Rowing Sailing Dory Boat Plans

How To Build a Rowing Sailing Dory Boat Plans

Plans how to build your own Rowing sailing dory boat.

Taken from the plans----ONE DAY while hiking in the woods of southeasten Massachusetts with my young sons, we came to a cranberry bog reservoir and spotted a boat like shape in its depths. We pulled it ashore and found it to be the battered remains of a little dory. A real old-timer, with frames made of natural crooks of apple wood, pine planking and clinched boat nails. Easily 50 to 75 years old and obviously the product of a master dory builder! She was too far gone to rebuild, but we covered her bottom with polyethylene plastic to make her float long enough to try out. And as we had anticipated from the looks of her, she proved to be one sweet little rower. At the same time, she was wide enough across the bottom to have none of the “crankiness” for which dories are both famed and feared. Using her as a guide, we built a new dory. This reincarnation is just as sweet little rower—and not as fussy to build as you might suppose.

Build her as a utility boat, as a tender, as a silent sneak-up-on-’em fishing skiff, as a trainer and fun-boat for the kids or just as a conversation piece. The first time you take her out you’ll be flabbergasted at how easily she darts along with light pulls on the oars etc....


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