Plans to build the 27' Newfie St. Pierre Dory
The Newfie is named of course, for the island of Newfoundland, in the Canadian Maritimes. Newfoundland is close to the famous Grand Banks, where cod fishing has been king since before Columbus set foot in the new world. The North Atlantic is renown for nasty storms and the St. Pierre's have to handle bad weather in stride. My version is light and strong, and designed especially for the home builder. These are usually powered with low horsepower diesels. A Bedford lifeboat diesel burning about 1/4 gallon per hour, or small sailboat auxiliary would be perfect.
You can build the Newfie as the traditional inboard version with a 10-40 horse diesel, or as an outboard version, having a wider aft section to accomodate an outboard well for a high-thrust outboard motor. Both options are shown on the drawings.
Free Study Plans for the Newfie St. Pierre Dory
Our study plans are two of the actual construction drawings. They're not enough information for you to build the boat, but they do give you the overall boat size, shape and construction methods. This is a pdf file readable with the free Adobe Acrobat pdf file reader.
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About St. Pierre Dories
St. Pierre Dories are a traditional, larger version of the Grand Banks dory type. They are known as being the most seaworthy boats of their size ever designed. Many have made serious ocean passages, and they're ideal for long range, economical cruising. Though they seem rather tender at first (this is a characteristic of all Grand Banks type dories) they can take some extreme seas in stride, always coming right back up for more. They're able to carry large loads, and in fact perform better when loaded, as they get stiffer and stiffer with the added ballast. If you don't like attention, don't build a St. Pierre because everyone will want to know what it is and how it performs. They have a style and grace underway that no other boat or yacht can seem to even approach. These are displacement hulls that only require very low horsepower engines and can squeeze more miles from a gallon of fuel that any other boat of their size.
I've taken the traditional hull shape, with a little less rocker and sheer shape, and modernized the construction using my well proven method of using common lumberyard materials and modern adhesives to create a unitized one-piece hull that is not only easy to build, but also light and rugged. If you're considering long passages, or extended cruising whether in long stretches of protected waters or open oceans, take a good hard look at the St. Pierres.
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