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    Rowing dory...

    Good afternoon boat builders! I don't have any experiences with boat building but it's something I want to try. I am looking to build a rowing dory that would be use on rivers and lakes to do multy day trip with family... I am looking into a boat of at least 18 feet long but light weight. Could be lap stack or stich and glue or skins on frame. I was wondering if any here know of a place where I could find plans for that?
    Thank you for your help!
    David

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    dory plans

    A quick search of "18' dory plans" gives up many possibilities.

    I liked the look of this one:

    http://koti.kapsi.fi/hvartial/ecodory/ecodory.htm

    Clarkcraft has one:

    http://www.clarkcraft.com/cgi-local/...tem=1039260506

    Here's the search return:

    http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=plans...ca7b2e99206b9c
    Last edited by Brett DeFalco; 10-11-2009 at 8:41 PM.

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    Thank you Brett. I'll have a look!

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    John Gardners

    You should check out John Gardner's Dory book as well as Building Classic Small Craft; All of his books are great reads and have plans as well as building details in them. There is a lot to consider when deciding on a boat design... Good luck!

    http://www.smallboatforum.com/PDFfiles/DoryStory.pdf

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    Nice boat w/ good write-up...

    http://cruisenews.net/construction.html

    Mac

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Gendron View Post

    ... rivers and lakes to do multy day trip with family...

    ...light weight.
    You get some rough water up there in those lakes, gravel rivers tend to be tough on bottoms, and the better the design rows (narrow, shallow and round-bottomed), the more tender and cramped it will be for the family.

    So you have some choices to make. I have a 19' Gardner Gunning Dory that's a great rowboat but buries a rail easily under sail when caught in a blow, and is not the most comfortable for family outings. A wider, heavier Swampscot Dory is only a bit harder to row, but would be a better all-around choice.

    I'd think a skin-on-frame would be too delicate and I'd lean towards plywood on sawn solid frames. Solid wood planking is often cheaper to build with than plywood but even then I'd recommend plywood garboards because they are often so wide they are prone to splitting.

    Last edited by Bob Smalser; 10-13-2009 at 4:55 PM.
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    One of my favorites would be Ken Swan's "Kahneeta", 18'-7" Sailing dory with option of using a small O/B well. A little wider in the stern although should row reasonably well still. I believe it's ply on frame construction.
    Here's a couple links;

    http://www.swanboatdesign.com/images.../Kahneeta2.jpg
    http://www.swanboatdesign.com/images.../kahneeta1.jpg

    Mac
    Last edited by Mac McQuinn; 10-13-2009 at 8:52 PM.

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    Here are several plans you can look through. Id like to build the last on the bottom.Its nine feet I supose you could double its size. In any case it has a nice little story as to how he came about finding the plans to this one.

    http://www.woodworkersworkshop.com/r...20boat%20plans
    Last edited by raul segura; 10-14-2009 at 11:46 PM.

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    thank you for the link Raul. I'm still debating if a dory would be the right boat! We will see. And thank you to every one who chime in!

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