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 300 posts and 8 years.



Sunday, July 23, 2017

First Robalo Panga Launched

Matthew Basura posted this on his Facebook Page. He is from San Pedro California, and he just launched his homebuilt 16' Robalo v-bottom Panga in Los Angeles harbor. He said it was very peppy with its 15 hp motor and handled well in the windy and choppy bay.

Robalo Panga Wooden Boat Plans

Robalo Panga Wood Boat Plans

Robalo Panga Plywood Boat Plans

Looks perfect for the coastal Southern California ocean, where I fish a lot myself.

More info, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 16' Robalo Panga Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

New Nova Scotian Grand Banks Dory

Kevin Power just finished his Nova Scotian Grand Banks Dory. Here's what he wrote to me:

Hey Jeff
I had sea trials for my Nova Scotian this morning. It's incredible! You drew up some beautiful lines and she glides effortlessly through the water. I hope to turn some heads on the Mystic River with her this summer.

Thanks!

Kevin

Albion Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

This is the newer version of this model, and it came out great.

More info, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 16' Nova Scotian Grand Banks Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Maxim Tenhagen's Carolinan Dory Hardtop

Maxim Daniel Tenhagen posted this picture of his newly reworked 18' Carolinian Dory. He originally built it in 2014 and sent me some construction pictures. The wheelhouse/windscreen/hardtop was just added this winter.

Carolinian Carolina Style Dory Boat Plans

That is truly a beautiful boat.

More info, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 18' Carolinian Carolina Style Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Benjamin Henderson Launches His New Albion Pacific Power Dory

Benjamin Henderson sent me these pictures of his Albion Pacific Power Dory. He says: "I love the boat its very stable and drives like a nice Cadillac. With the 90 horse I can go 30 mph with 6 adults in the boat."

Albion Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Albion Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Albion Pacific Power Dory Plywood Boat Plans

Very nice job.

More info, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 19' Albion Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Bennet Norman Launches His New Albion Power Dory

Bennet Norman just sent me these pictures of his Albion Power Dory. He stretched it to 21 feet and widened a bit also from the plans. It looks like it flies with 115 hp jet drive, and he says it runs just great.

Albion Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Albion Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Albion Pacific Power Dory Plywood Boat Plans

I really like that flying bridge he installed.

More info, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 19' Albion Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Greg Lapratt's Kachemak V-Bottom Dory Ready for Relaunch

Greg Lapratt posted these great photos of his 17' Kachemak V-Bottom Dory after reworking it for this year's season.

Kachemak V-Bottom Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Kachemak V-Bottom Dory Wood Boat Plans

Kachemak V-Bottom Dory Plywood Boat Plans

Kachemak V-Bottom Dory Easy Boat Plans

He did a stunning job on the woodworking and finish.

More info, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 17' Kachemak V-Bottom Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Courtenay Offshore Pacific Power Dory Launched in British Columbia, Canada

Gord Plain just launched his 17' Courtenay Pacific Power Dory.

Courtenay Offshore Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Courtenay Offshore Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Courtenay Offshore Pacific Power Dory Plywood Boat Plans

More info, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 17' Cortenay Offshore Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Wye River Garvey with Jet Drive Launched in New York

Jason Thompson has been working on a Wye River with a jet pump and tunnel. He's building it in New York. He tested it over the 4th of July weekend, and sent me this note and pictures.

Good morning Jeff,
First water test results are fantastic. With 4 people in the boat handling was excellent, and top speed was 34mph. With 2 people in the boat top speed was 37mph, and handing was very good.

Those tests were on a lake, so I took it to the Chemung river, where I intend to run the boat most. Beautiful. At speed, 4 inches of water is no problem. I definitely need to be moving forward at good speed for that depth, if I'm not, the jet pump sucks the rocks up from the bottom of the river. At speed, this is not a problem.

I'm moving forward with the glassing, and the interior of the boat now that I know the concept is working.

Thanks again for the plans,
Jason Thompson

Wye River Garvey Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Wye River Garvey Dory Wood Boat Plans

Wye River Garvey Dory Plywood Boat Plans

More info, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 16' Wye River Garvey Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Kennedy Parnell's Galveston Garvey/Dory Video

Kennedy Parnell, who lives in South Carolina sent me this great video taken of his Galveston Garvey/Dory taken from a drone.

More info, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 19' Galveston Garvey Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Two New Huntington Harbor Kayaks Just Launched

I just got these two Huntington Harbor photos recently launched in June 2017.

Huntington Harbor Kayak Wooden Boat Plans

Huntington Harbor Kayak Free Boat Plans

Remember that the Huntington Harbor Kayak plans are FREE and may be downloaded when you join the insider section here: Spira International Insider Boat Building Information. It is free to join also.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

14' Nola Gavey Launched

Jacob Howard posted these pictures and video of the first 14' Nola Garvey Dory on his Facebook Page.

Nola Garvey Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Nola Garvey Dory Wood Boat Plans

Nola Garvey Dory Plywood Boat Plans

More info, free study prints, and links to purchase plans are available here: 14' Nola Garvey Dory Boat Plans.

Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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