Boatbuilding Tips and Tricks Blog

Here are the latest few blog posts. The balance of this years, appear below the list of posts and the column on the right, the index, lists all posts since 2008 when I started this blog, over 400 posts and 9 years.



Saturday, April 21, 2018

Rail Bird Poling Skiff Completed in Alaska

Doug Neal from way up in Alaska just sent me these pictures of his newly built Rail Bird poling skiff. His email says:

Hi Jeff!

Attached is a photo of a rail-bird skiff that I recently completed. When the water on the creek in front of my cabin is really low, I use it for transporting gear from 20' Caladesi up to my cabin. It is a great little boat, nice, light and nimble, we really love it! Thank you for sharing the design with us!

Doug

The second picture is Doug's Caladesi, his main transport to his back woods home.

Rail Bird poling skiff Wood Boat Plans

Rail Bird poling skiff Wooden Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans may be found at: 16' Rail Bird Poling Skiff Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Alaskan Grand Banks Dory Launched in Seattle

Peter Donahue of Seattle Washington just completed this 19' Alaskan Grand Banks Dory complete with motor well.

Alaskan Grand Banks Dory Wood Boat Plans

Alaskan Grand Banks Dory Wooden Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans may be found at: 19' Alaskan Grand Banks Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Free Wrecks & Reefs Book - April Special

Free signed copy of my book, Wrecks and Reefs of Southern California when you buy the PRINTED plans for any of my wooden boats fropm April 1 until April 30, 2017.

Wrecks and Reefs Book

Here is the selection of boats you can purchase printed plans for that qualify for the free: Wooden Boat Designs by Jeff Spira.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Yukon Drift Boat Completed in Utah

Devin Matheson just completed this Yukon Drift Boat in Utah. He posted these pictures on his Facebook Page.

Yukon Drift Boat Wood Boat Plans

Yukon Drift Boat Wooden Boat Plans

Yukon Drift Boat Easy Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans may be found at: 16' Yukon Drift Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

New Pescadero Carolina Dory Launched in North Carolina

Just got these pictures of a newly launched Pescadero Carolina dory from North Carolina.

Pescadero Carolina Dory Wood Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans may be found at: 14' Pescadero Carolina Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

New Canadian Drift Boat launched in British Columbia

Malte Juergensen just lauched his Canadian Drift boat in just in time for the trout and salmon season in Bristish Columboa. He posted these pictures on his facebook page.

Canadian Drift Boat Wood Boat Plans

Canadian Drift Boat Wooden Boat Plans

Canadian Drift Boat Plywood Boat Plans

More information, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans may be found at: 14' Canadian Drift Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Albion Power Dory for Commercial Fishing

Bennet Norman just sent me some pictures of his Albion. He uses it for commercial fishing. He said:

I'm sending you a few pictures of my Albion working as a commercial boat along with showing what kind of load it can hold. It sure is a great design. I really appreciate it with the jet drive on it. We're running about 4 inches of water. It even got me in trouble one time - had to wait for the tide to rise for a couple hours. It sure is a great hull. I have to credit the boat to a better fishing season for us. We almost doubled our catch volume from 2016.

The first picture is in night that we had it loaded down to 2,800 pounds and had a 3 hour trip in with a hard SW wind 35 mph steady along with rain. The third picture is about 2400 lb that we caught in the ocean and not only that had to come in through the bar to the inside to get in safe waters. It handles the seas great. The last picture is about 1500 lb loaded on one side.

The box that you seen the center is a removable fish cooler I built. It holds about 1,500 pounds with the lid shut. The hull planes so easy that I can fill that box up, have two people on the boat, along with both fuel tanks full, which is about 55 gallons, and still get up on plane in shallow water.

(I added the last picture to show you what the boat looks like empty.)

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 Easy Boat Plans

More information, videos, plans ordering information, and free downloadable study plans may be found at: 19' Albion Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Photo Essay for Nova Scotian Grand Banks Dory Construction

I just added this photo essay of a builder's construction photos as he built this beautiful Nova Scotian Grand Banks style dory.

Nova Scotian Grand Banks Dory

You can download it for free at: 16' Nova Scotian Grand Banks Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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